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Edmonton's Blue Willow - any good?

Thanks - I don't mind NA Chinese food but Lingan's style has never been my thing, so that's helpful.

Jun 14, 2013
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Edmonton's Blue Willow - any good?

I've always wanted to try the Blue Willow. Can anyone vouch for the quality of the food? (I heard a lot of good things about Lingan, another longstanding North-American Chinese place in town, but while it had spectacular ambiance the food was mediocre at best.)

Jun 05, 2013
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Best Pho in Edmonton?

A friend really wants to try some new restaurants that serve pho in Edmonton, especially around the southside. (We like Pagolac but I'm not sure if their pho's the best we have to offer in the city)

What's everyone's favorite places to go for pho? Recommendations would be welcome.

May 10, 2013
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Harvest Room - Hotel MacDonald YEG

I haven't had dinner there yet (soon to be rectified) but I've had meals cooked by one of the Chefs from the Culina off of Whyte Ave and they've always been superb.

Feb 14, 2013
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Question about Sabu (and Shabu Shabu soup) in Edmonton

Thanks camelicious. I was thinking about trying to make it at home, but I'm a little shy about bringing it out for a birthday without having made it at least once. If it's fairly foolproof I might pop over to T&T like you suggested.

Feb 13, 2013
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Where is everyone?

I find the way the board threads replies can be a little confusing. I'm a steady lurker, however.

Anyone want to answer my question about Shabu Shabu I just posted to keep the place going, I'd be much obliged ;)

Feb 12, 2013
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Question about Sabu (and Shabu Shabu soup) in Edmonton

I'm trying to book a birthday party for someone who loves Shabu Shabu. He really enjoyed "making" his own soup by adding the ingredients to the hotpot on the table, but ever since Tokyo Palace closed down years ago, I haven't found a place that does it in Edmonton.

I've heard that Zen does Shabu Shabu on a seasonal basis but the one time I tried to go there they weren't preparing it. A review of a restaurant called "Sabu" over on 82nd ave and 74th street says they do shabu shabu but it doesn't show up on their menu posted online.

Anyone been to Sabu, or better yet, had the shabu shabu there? (Or anywhere else in Edmonton - I'd welcome recommendations) I want to double-check that any place I go to actually does the whole spread and lets you cook the ingredients on a soup pot at the table. The person I'm having the party for doesn't really care about Japanese food otherwise, so if I showed up and they didn't have the soup, it'd be a wash.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Feb 12, 2013
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Edmonton 1st Izakaya Opening soon.... :)

I hope you like it! I've taken a few more friends to it since then and everyone loved the quality enough to want to go back. (They were also pleasantly surprised by the price considering how much our group of 5 ate... so stuffed...)

Feb 12, 2013
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Edmonton 1st Izakaya Opening soon.... :)

For anyone else interested in this place, a friend and I ate at Izakaya a week ago. The interior's all gorgeous, dark hardwood. Very nifty. The serving staff were pleasant and helpful. I wasn't drinking, but they seemed to have a pretty substantial beer and wine menu on hand.

More importantly, the food was great - fresh, delicious, with a few dishes that aren't on the "typical" Japanese restaurant in Edmonton (I've only seen pork belly available as a dish on its own at Nomiya, and only as a side order for their ramen.) I actually definitely recommend the Simmered Pork Belly. Really fresh, mouth-melting tuna sashimi as well. And you may as well cave in and go for the crispy chicken skin.

My dining companion and I had 7 dishes and green tea between us (not sure if they charged for the tea or not) that came out to around 45, and we left feeling just full enough. My friend believes it's the best Japanese he's had in Edmonton. I'd have to go back a few times to be sure myself (and I definitely want to go back), but it's pretty close already.

Jan 03, 2013
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Edmonton 1st Izakaya Opening soon.... :)

Thanks for the heads up! I eat in that area quite a bit so it'll be great to try out a new place.

Dec 16, 2012
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Five days in Edmonton!!!

Let me second Duchess. Truly amazing pastries and cakes. It's more a place where you can grab a slice of desert rather than a place to dine out, so I recommend dropping by even if you've take up your allotted dining-out time. Hope you enjoy!

Oct 03, 2012
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Edmonton 1st Izakaya Opening soon.... :)

I'm excited we're getting one, but I thought we had an izakaya style place in the west end somewhere? Or was that just a rumor?

Oct 03, 2012
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Where to buy a whole sheep in Edmonton?

I highly recommend Tangle Ridge Ranch, a place just outside of Edmonton:

http://tangleridgeranch.ca/

I had the chance to attend an amazing dinner there, and their lamb was superb. The owners are a down to earth couple who were more than happy to introduce us to their animals, and to talk about how they raised their sheep.

Oct 03, 2012
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Vegetarian or vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Calgary

Thanks everyone, the recommendations are much appreciated!

Mar 18, 2012
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Vegetarian or vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Calgary

A group of us are heading down to Calgary in a few weeks. Three of them are vegetarian, and I'd like to find some good vegatarian or vegetarian-friendly places to take them to. Anything close to the BMO Centre downtown - whether it's a cafe, bistro, sit-down restaurant, etc... - would be especially useful. Thanks!

Mar 11, 2012
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Edmonton Restaurant for Out of Town Guests

I don't think we're going to end up doing East-Indian tonight, but I MUST try that out. Thanks!

Oct 24, 2009
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Edmonton Restaurant for Out of Town Guests

I have, but apparently they've been there before quite a few times.

I just learned that they wanted to go somewhere with a good wine selection, so that narrows down my options again. (I'm not a wine-drinker either so I don't have a lot of knowledge of places that'd be interesting in that regard)

Oct 24, 2009
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Edmonton Restaurant for Out of Town Guests

Is Lingnan the restaurant that was profiled on a television show?

One option I was thinking of would be either Sai Woo or the Southside Pagolac (mainly for the novelty of eating Vietnamese surrounded by steak-house decor, although I do like their food) but that's a thought.

Oct 24, 2009
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Edmonton Restaurant for Out of Town Guests

I have a few out of town guests here who want to try something new tonight. Last time we tried (and liked - the service was great, which was a relief after I'd heard people complaining about poor servers) the Wild Rose, and they've been to Skinny Legs and Cowgirls. I'm not really in the mood for the Blue Pear and was looking at something slightly cheaper anyhow.

Any suggestions? I was looking at Kai on Jasper and 109th but my brother says it's mediocre and the service is lousy. My brother's suggesting Bristro Praha, but has it reopened in a new location? If they're in the mood for East Indian I was thinking Origin India on Whyte (someone here recommended it for my birthday - belated thanks for that!) although I know some people swear on some Southside eateries although I don't know very many out there.

Oct 24, 2009
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Weekend Dining in Calgary

When I say weekend I mean Saturday morning to Monday afternoon. Any good must-try places in Calgary? Perferably, but not necessarily, anything asian. Thai, Chinese, Japanese, etc...

Sadly I'm going with a group of friends who probably won't be up for fine dining, so something where we can attend dressed casually would be preferred.

Apr 23, 2009
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Need help picking East-Indian eatery in Edmonton for my birthday

Thanks! It looks like we're going for Origin India on Whyte. (I'll have to try Maurya some other time, that also looks tempting)

Mar 28, 2009
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Need help picking East-Indian eatery in Edmonton for my birthday

My family's taking me out to dinner for my birthday this Saturday and I'd like to visit an East Indian restaurant. My range of East-Indian restaurants in the past few years has pretty much been Dawaat, New Asian Village, Khazana's and Hawelli. I'd be interested in someplace new, if there are any East-Indian gems I've missed (which is very possible).

Since it's a birthday, I wouldn't mind a fancier-looking place. I'd prefer something central or in the west end if possible too, but that's not absolutely necessary.

Thanks for any advice. I have those restaurants mentioned above as fall-backs but I wouldn't mind someplace new!

Mar 27, 2009
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Recent resto closures - Edmonton

I don't know if it's been mentioned before but Sanku over on Stony Plain is gone. I was heartbroken - along with Mikado's downtown and Ichiban on 149th, they were the only Japanese restaurant I really frequented. (I loved their Tuna Dice! And their house salad!) There's another Japanese restaurant there now, I forget the name Has anyone tried it?

The downtown Sankyu is still there, I think, but I've never visited that location. Are they any good?

Mar 21, 2009
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Edmonton - Tropika Barely Mediocre

I've had mediocre experiences there as well. The only dishes I really like at tropica are their house chicken and their lamb satay. (They also will bring you a coconut juice from a fresh-cut young coconut - I'll give them that, it's refreshing).

I was considering going to the West-end tropica today in order to try their Hainanese chicken, because I've never had Hainanese chicken, but I'm sort of glad I passed and visited Smokey Joe's instead.

Aug 11, 2008
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Skinny Legs and Cowgirl in Edmonton

My brother is having a dinner party at Skinny Legs and Cowgirl - should I give it a whirl? I'd have to make some time for it and I've never been. Any impressions? Also, what's their price range?

Chopped Liver in Edmonton or Calgary?

Hi Teejay - I thought I remembered that The Continental Treat over on Whyte Ave does liver and onions and yup, although according to their website's menu they serve liver, sausage and onion on a bed of noodles. I'm not sure if this is quite what you're going for, but I thought I would mention it.

Aug 06, 2008
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Good asian takeout in Far-South Edmonton

Sadly it's too late today (I found Good Buddy, which wasn't bad, although I was disappointed were out of BBQ duck) but I'm probably headed back there later this week. I'll check it out, thanks!

Good asian takeout in Far-South Edmonton

I'm house-sitting for a night for a friend in one of the Southernmost communities in Edmonton, down 111th street and a few blocks past the crossover with Anthony Henday. There's not a lot of food in the house and I've never been to this area before, so if anyone could recommend some nearby asian takeaway I'd be grateful. Anything I shouldn't miss while I'm down here?

Best chinese resturants in Edmonton

I was just going to ask about the exclusion of Sai Woo as well - I don't get out there nearly enough but I know a man from Vancouver who visits every time he comes here and declares that he hasn't found anything to compare on BCs coast. He may be exaggerating but it's still quite a tasty place.

Edit: I liked Cha for Tea's Dim Sum menu the one time I went alone on a weekday, but their "regular dishes" looked quite pricey to my eyes. I haven't been out for Chinese for a few months but it looked about $3-4 more expensive than most Chinese restaurants of the same quality.

Jun 02, 2008
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Janice Beaton's new "salt tasting room" concept (Calgary) opening soon- pics

I'm an omnivore and all but the words on that window are creeping me right out. Bleh. If you weren't praising the place, I'd pass right on by.