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Edmonton restaurant review of the month - October (Karmel)

Edmonton Chowhounders have decided to to start a monthly restaurant review.

Each month we will decide on a restaurant (we will try to stick with new(er) places). As many of us as possible should eat at this restaurant and post a review.

the goal is to get varied reviews to have a more comprehensive view of the restaurant.

Please keep reviews fair, try to be frank and critical without being negative or mean-spirited. If any owners are responding, it would be fair if you told us that is who you are.

Our restaurant for the month is Karmel Cafe 9420 118 Avenue NW. Happy eating!

if anyone has any further suggestions on how to implement this, feel free to post here. Since this is the first month we may have some bumps in the road.

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    1. I think this is a great idea and cant wait to read/participate in it!

      1. Thanks cleopatra,

        Just e-mailed my son. Hopefully he'll be up for it next week.

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        1. re: happyeats

          Good idea all.

          Regret that I will not be able to participate this month as we are off to Vancouver Island on Sunday ...let me clarify, I have absolutely NO regrets that we are off on holidays...just that I cannot take part in this first effort at a "global" review [smile].

          Maybe I'll add one or two of what is happening in Tofino and Victoria instead [grin]

          Bon Appetit

        2. Bob Mac:
          I wouldn't have regrets either if I was going to Vancouver Island. Have you ever been to Cherry Point vineyards? We were there this summer but unfortunately didn't have a chance to eat at their little bistro. They have a very good pinot gris, though. Didn't try out too many restaurants as we had my elderly parents with us. We did enjoy good fish and chips at beacons landing in Sidney. Hope you have a wonderful holiday and looking forward to your reviews.

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          1. re: happyeats

            Thank you Happy Eats.

            No, I have not tried Cherry Point vineyards. In fact, we have tried very few of the vineyards that have sprung up around Saanich and then down from Duncan and the like.

            My favourite vineyard on the Island is Alderlea and that is one we have tried to locate without success on a couple of occasions. This year we have more time and may venture back from Victoria to see if we can locate it and others.

            The only vineyard we have gone to is Vignetti Zagnatta....decent sparkling but the rest were forgettable. Andy Johnson who used to be one of the principals behind the Medi-Centre concept and who used to live in Edmonton has opened Averill Creek that we may try to drop in to see as they are supposed to have a beautiful tasting room.

            Did visit the Sea Cider operation last year which we quite enjoyed near Sidney.

            You mentioned pinot gris. I think it is the varietal that BC does best and love trying the various types, i.e. bone dry, off dry, colourless, salmon berry hued, etc. etc. I'll keep my eyes open for a bottle of Cherry Point.

            "Two more sleeps" and we are off.....

          2. Maybe post some info about the type of food that is served, if available, when the restaurant is chosen?

            A quick Google search tells me that Karmel serves Ethiopian, Somalian and Kenyan food.