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LF Edmonton Seafood Buffet dinner

A friend is trying to organize an anniversary dinner for a Saturday and is hoping for a seafood buffet. I know of the River Cree Marriot Friday crab leg events, beyond that I do not know anything else about buffets (not a fan of them, don't eat them outside of Vegas). My friend kind of need it to be on a Saturday evening and the River Cree's Saturday "Meat" menu does not work for his family. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Nov 16, 2013
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YEG - Big annerversary coming up need help

20th annerversay coming up shortly after Valentine's day. Mrs. Fergie is an avid Sushi fan, likes Italian and loves her pho; not so much French or Continental European cuisines. She rarely eats red meat anymore except in pho.

We frequent Kyoto downtown, Makado westend, Ichiban, Sorrentino's and numerious pho joints all over the city. :-), no I don't think taking her to a pho joint for her 20th annerverary is appropriate.

I want to figure out a nice place suitable for an important annerversary but am struggling. Help please.

Feb 04, 2013
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Suggestions please for downtown Edmonton restaurant

If you like MrsCris' suggestion of Sorrentinos, there is a Cafe Sorrentinos in the basement of Edmonton Centre East, limited selections but much more reasonably priced than the actual Sorrentino restaurant.

If you are staying at the Sutton place and have a big group, you may consider walking north, there are a few decent Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants around the 101St. 106-107 Ave area. Emperor's Palace, Urban China, Basil Leaf, Thanh Thanh. They should all be within your price range.

If you like Indian, Hawelli's on 103 St. or Khazana on 107 St. both have reasonably price buffets in your price range.

If you want a steak house, Ric's Grill (not my favourite) has entrees starting at the low 20s but may go as high as the high 30s. I am not a fan of Rics but some others are.

Japanese Village on 103St. is pretty good for dinner, Teppanyaki starting at the mid 20s. with a bit of a show too, they have a big triangular table perfect for your group of 12.

Sutton Place is 101 St. and 103 Avenue, so anything between 97-105 St. and Jasper-107 Ave. would be just a short walk. Walking north of 104 Ave may be a little rough (rough neighbourhood) so make sure you walk as a group if you head north.

PS: My experience at Pazzo Pazzo is the same as Felix, food was average, portions are huge but did not enjoy the service and ambience.

Aug 02, 2012
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Need a new fishmonger in Edmonton

I just googled it, I assume it is the store at 167St. 100 Ave. I live just west of the city so that location is perfect.

Jun 21, 2012
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Need a new fishmonger in Edmonton

Frequented a well known fish shop in Edmonton for many years but the last 3 visits in a row caused me to rethink my choice. During my last three visits to B..., a) my giant prawns had shells which had became soft, the flesh has gone a little mushy and carried a very slight (not noticeable) ammonia smell... I think I would have done better purchasing frozen ones at a chained supermarket, b) my assorted shellfish for my pasta, only about 30% opened, c) an assortment of expensive fish fillets for my fish stew, a couple of them had a "brownish crust" on the bottom, obviously they made sure that the good side faced up in the display.

I don't mind getting inferior products once in a while but paying premium prices and getting inferior products 3 times in a roll is unacceptable.

Just curious, where does my fellow Edmonton foodies get seafood for those occasional special meals.

Just tasted some fantastic lingcod (I think that's what it is, I went by what our Chinese host told me) stifry at a Chinese restaurant, wouldnt mind buying some to cook at home to try. What ever that fish was, it was fantastic, served 3 ways in the meal, a soup (with tofu and veggies), a stirfry (with snow peas and beans) and a stew (again with tofu in a brown sauce). All three dishes were fantastic.

May 28, 2012
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YEG Urban China

OMG, went to Urban China for dinner for the first time this past week, I totally understand what you meant, after going to the bathroom to wash hands before dinner, I no longer want to eat anything...

I had DS at Emperor's Palace last Friday, because it was a weekday, you order off the menu (no carts) but the DS was super frest, super hot and very good. I was impressed.

Mar 15, 2012
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Private Dining/Restaurant Rental (Edmonton)

In the downtown core where I am more familiar, Ruth Chris has 3 private dining rooms that I have been in, we had 6 tables of 8 comfortably in the biggest one called the library; the vault would be tight and "friendly" for 20 but it is a cool room with exposed concrete and big metal vault door. Sorrentino downtown has two, not very private as the rooms have glass windows to the main dining area, 30 should be fine for the bigger one. Lux downtown has one, easily fits 30 and quite comfortable. Chinese restaurants like Century Palace, Emperor's palace, all have private rooms, Emperor's palace's rooms are really nice. Madison's has rooms in the basement that can be used as private dining rooms. Hardware grill has a room/wine cellar in the basement which is really nice - my favourite, definitely good for 20-30. Characters has one in the front as well but 30 would be pushing it.

Hehe, if it is my wedding, I would go Hardware Grill if available.

Feb 14, 2012
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Chinese Sandpots in Calgary

I bought two from T&T. I am sure that they are not of the best quality, no metal wires but they were on sale for 1/2 price, iirc, $26 for the big one and $18 for a smaller one. They looks nice. When the store lady saw my wife and I picking the pots over, she gave us advice on how to "season" the pot. According to her, never keep pot in fridge, the cold damages it, never put pot on high heat right away, slowly build up from low-med-high, the extreme change in temperature damages it, do cook congee in it a few times and dump it, the congee soaks up any chemical used in the process, do not use dishwasher, hand wipe the pot and coat with oil after each use, just like cast iron... that's all I remembered, she said that if you treat it like cast iron, it will be non-stick and last forever.

Feb 14, 2012
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YEG Pho

4 of us, 4 larges was $38.xx, $44 including tips. I would say more than what TauBay charges. Hehe, the only good thing is that they have the cleanest bathrooms of all pho joints.

Jan 04, 2012
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YEG Pho

Whoa, pho at a pizza joint, lol. Will have to try it just because...

Tried the new (new to me anyway) Pho Hoa in St. Albert, it is edible in a pinch. Service was so so as there seems to be only one English speaking waitress, the rest of the crew sort of just grunts. The portions were questionably small, my large came in a huge bowl that is only half filled. The actual amount of food is smaller than a medium at TauBay or King's. The soup was ok but you get minimal meat, a small pinch of bean sprouts, a small sprag of basil. The most disappointing thing was the soft lifeless Ve Don; omg, it is called "crunchy frank bits" for a reason.

I was still hungry after eating a large there for dinner. But, not a whole lot of choices up in that part of town so if you happens to be in that part of town.

Jan 03, 2012
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Good places for lunch around Jasper and 104 Street , Edmontoin

Just walked by Soul Soup is closed too now.

Oct 31, 2011
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Good places for lunch around Jasper and 104 Street , Edmontoin

Both Soul Soup and Zenari's get my thumbs up too.

Also you can try Wild Tangerine (the takeout version) inside Manulife beside Zenari's and Press'd inside Edmonton Centre West. West Tangerine, although not a favourite of mine has a good size group of followers. Press'd has by far the best sandwiches in the downtown core.

V's has a website which allows you to preorder, forgot to mention that.

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Wild Tangerine
10383 112th Street, Edmonton, AB T5K1M9, CA

Oct 27, 2011
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Good places for lunch around Jasper and 104 Street , Edmontoin

Silk Hat and Blue Plate are defintely two of my favourites.

V's - if you are a hardcore vietnamese sub fan, you may not like it there, wrong bread, no pate (even if you ask for it, they don't have it because people don't want it - per lady)... I work upstairs, I know the line, I been there numerous times, just can't over the fact that their subs don't taste "traditional".

I Love Sushi - definitely the best fast food sushi in the area. I would totally avoid Sushi-Ya. Sankyu2Go is okay.

Japanese Village - no sushi bar anymore but I like the Teppan lunches there. Still the best Sasame steak sauce in town.

Madisons - if you dont mind a 1.5hour lunch, that is a really good place to have a sit down lunch

Khazana - good Indian buffet if you feel like it.

Fantasia Noodle House - if you can get over the decor and washroom (avoid...), they have decent cheap chinese noodles. I love how crispy their fried noodles are.

Chicken For Lunch - Not that the food is great but if you are downtown, you have to expereince lunch with Amy for a day. Thursday is Thai day, be ready for a 50+ people line that day.

Moriaty's - any place that serves an all bacon appetitizer gets my vote. Neat little place for a sit-down lunch. Sherlock Holmes is next door, not sure if they are related.

Sorrentinos - still my favourite among the chain, Sunny cooks there at lunch time so you get the real thing.

Kids in the Hall - If you don't know about the project, you should google it, I am constantly amazed at what the kids can do.

It's all Greek to me - nice break form the usual once in a while.

Sorry for the long list, I work at 102/Jasper and I eat out everyday... Avoid Ric's (horrible food everytime), Hawelli's (recent change in ownership may improve but quality really declined at the end there, you know they are in trouble when they couldnt even take credit cards anymore), Lux (pricey lunches and really average food). Zinc (see Lux), Sabor (one good lunch followed by 4 BAD ones, probably never again), Lazia (uber busy but average food... why wait? unless you are there for the waitresses' skirts), 100 (only reason to be there is the waitresses' skirts).

Oct 21, 2011
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YEG Pho

I dropped by TauBay for a Pho fix after work, I can't believe that they are closed again. :( One more thing that I hate about King's is parking during rush hour when you cannot park on the road. Their parking lot has potholes that can swallow my car up alive.

Aug 24, 2011
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St. Albert lunches?

I heard that Koto used to be good, I ate there twice, the last time I ate there my stomach had a major disagreement with the sushi. Personally I prefer Ohana-ya for Japanese in St. Albert. I also like Cajun House and Haweli.

Jun 28, 2011
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YEG Pho

The owner did not change, it is the same mother/daughter/son team who work the till but they have added a few new servers. I think I have gained the "regular" status for eating there (and King's :-)) at least once every week, last time I walked in and the waitress already had my order circled.

I was a little disappointed with TauBay a couple weeks ago, the broth was not as flavorful as before and the meatballs were chewy and flavorless. This week, the broth was back to normal, I think it is a matter of inconsistency.

They did however increase the price and I am not a fan of the $1 surcharge for takeouts... most places give you a discount for takeouts (presumably for not taking up a spot in their dinning room), TauBay actually charge you extras. The portions are noticably smaller than King's portions now.

Jun 07, 2011
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Ground Veal availability in Edmonton?

I buy them at the local Sobey's (downtown, westend, St. Albert locations for sure all have them) all the time for my meatballs. The butchers there will also grind it for you if you want but I just take the pre-gound packages off the shelves.

Jun 07, 2011
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ISO good Vietnamese Crepe aka. Banh Xeo (YEG)

You know what, I have never seen it at a restaurant but i went to the Vietnamese sub shop just west of 97St. on 106 Ave... I think it is called Nhon Hoa. It is right next to a video store. It was a special order and a Vietnamese gentleman picked up 30 banh xeo (with all of the fixings) and 12 subs; the total was around $78 that he paid. I do see a few more on plates wrapped in plastic there. I can't tell you if they are any good as I really enjoy the subs there but have never tried their banh xeo.

Jun 02, 2011
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YEG Pho

Foodkarma,

Pho Weekend is exactly what I did, I went to TauBay for Lunch and King Noodle for dinner. Both time, ordered the Pho Chin Ve Don (sorry, not Vietnamese but it is Pho with Well Done Brisket and Crunchy Frank Bits).

My personal assessment:
- Broth - pretty close to a tie, tough call.
- Meat - Tau Bay wins, more generous with the portion (large bowl) and the Ve Don there is better, sorry King, two pieces of Ve Don in a large bowl of Pho is not good enough and Ve Don needs to be crunchy...
- Noodle - Can't really tell if there is a quality difference but King was definitely more generous with the portions (large v. large)
- The "Greens" - King wins here, better selection of herbs with two different type of fresh chilie peppers.
- The Condiments - TauBay wins here, King has the standard red hot sauce, chili paste and hoisin sauce. TauBay offers the same plus something they call "Satay", no idea what's really in it but it taste like a mixture of chili, shallots, onions, garlic etc. very aromatic and adds a lot to the pho. To be honest, not even sure if it is Vietnamese as I have never seen it when I lived in Asia.

Final verdict, the better meat and "Satay" wins it for Tau Bay.

PS: if anyone can tell me exactly what is that Satay stuff Tau Bay offers, please let me know. Oh wait... do I really want to know?

Apr 04, 2011
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YEG Pho

Did someone say "great meat balls"?

Apr 04, 2011
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YEG Dim Sum

For dimsum, I almost never order anything which is deepfried so I probably don't notice the grease as much, I eat almost exclusively steamed struff. I do notice that their chicken feet is on the greasy side. Personal bias, I tend to judge a dimsum place's food heavily on how good the Ha Gow is. My bad :-).

PS: not surprised the Mirama is closed, the place is definitely on the dumpy side, looks like the whole building is going to be condemned soon.

Mar 28, 2011
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YEG Pho

I see two YYC threads on this topic but none on YEG. I have let my view be known in another thread that of the places I tried, TauBay is the best in town with one caveat, their beefballs are not very good :(.

Just curious if others have different suggestions... hehe, especially good Pho with Beefballs. (Despite the temptation, no Beefball jokes please, lol).

Mar 26, 2011
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YEG Dim Sum

Pretty new to Edmonton but these are the ones I tried. I noted when I was there as selection tends to be better on the weekend.

NoodleNoodle - Mediocre & poor selection (weekday and relatively busy)
ChaForTea - Mediocre & poor selection (weekend and not busy)
Golden Rice - Good, decent selection (weekend and busy)
Good Buddies Northside - Mediocre, poor selection (weekend and very busy)
Emperor's Palace - Mediocre, decent selection (weekend and busy)
Jumbo - Best in the city so far, decent selection (weekend and extremely busy, 30 minute wait)
NewTanTan- Bad, poor selection (weekday and not busy)
Mirama's - Above average, great selection (weekend and busy) (see notes below)
Century Palace - Mediocre, great selection (weekend and busy)

Fun facts:

The colleague who introduced me to NoodleNoodle's owner and told me that the same family (brother and sisters) also own Cha For Tea and Dim Sum Delight.
The cheapest bill was from Century Palace with Mirama being a close second, like 1/2 the cost of ChaForTea and New Tan Tan.
The longest wait was at Jumbo's, easily 30 min. to get a table for 4 on a Saturday at 1 pm.
The quietest place was ChaForTea, almost 2/3 empty on a Saturday at 12:30.
The best Ha Gow was at Jumbo's.
The best Chicken Feet was at Century's.
The dirtiest washroom was at Mirama... probably never go back for that reason, cant help but wonder if the kitchen is the same.
The cleanest washroom was at the Emperor's Palace... better be since it is brand new.
The best service was at the Empereror's Palace... love those little boxes of tissues.
The worst service was at the Mirama, took us forever to eat because food usually don't make it to our table, little old ladies were rushing up to carts to help themselves to food.
Best tea was at the Emperor's Palace, they actually use decent tea leaves.

Mar 26, 2011
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Edmonton: Best Prime Rib in town

LOL, I havent had much luck so far, have I?

Someone else should try the prime rib at Outback and tell me if that is a steak or "prime rib" as commonly defined. :-)

Mar 26, 2011
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Edmonton: Best Prime Rib in town

Was shopping at WEM, had originally wanted Cactus Club but there was a huge line waiting... Outback was the one place which caught my eyes when we were leaving Cactus Club. LOL, definitely wasnt expecting a fried steak when I ordered prime rib.

Mar 21, 2011
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ISO of dining suggestions for Calgary and Edmonton

For Pho, PhoTauBay on 98 Street in Edmonton, having lived in asia for 8 years and Vancouver for 3, TauBay is as good as any pho you can find. One warning, they only serve pho, don't expect anything else, no spring rolls, no com, no ga, nope, only pho. imho, better than King Noodle House on 97 Street (second best and different from Pho King - I think) and far far better than Pagoloc and about half a dozen other pho restaurants in that area.

Hehe, pho is a bit of a passion of mine, tried no less than 20 pho joints in Edmonton already, imho (but I am not vietnamese), TauBay is the best in Edmonton.

Mar 16, 2011
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Susur Lee in Edmonton

Drool... only had dinner at Lee once, definitely one of the best meal I have had in Toronto. Good food, good service, nice atmosphere.

For a new Edmontonian like me, can someone educate me on whether this is a regular annual event? Any other NAIT events coming up?

Mar 16, 2011
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Edmonton: Best Prime Rib in town

Dropped by Outback in the westend for dinner, ordered the prime rib without really examining the "new" menu... expecting prime rib but was surprised that I got something which resembles a ribeye steak. I asked, with the new menu, Outback has taken to "seasoning and searing" their prime rib to make it "outback style". Ummm... where I come from, that's call a steak.

Anyhow, the portion was generous, the sides are reasonable but the meat was TOUGH. The cut looks good, done to medium rare as I had ordered... but the texture is more like chuck than prime rib and definitely lack the natural beef flavor. I think they changed the method of how the meat is cooked, not for the better imho.

Mar 16, 2011
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Edmonton: Best Prime Rib in town

Only one word came to mind... yew!

Mar 12, 2011
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Alberta Wagyu - Where in Edmonton?

I was told by a fellow foodie that there are farms in Alberta which produce Wagyu beef for local consumption. My first experience with it was in Tokyo being treated to a wonderful ShabuShabu dinner. I am hosting a dinner soon and would love to purchase some Alberta Wagyu to try, anyone know if there is a specialty store in Edmonton which carries it?

Mar 11, 2011
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