Nice new restaurant in downtown Edmonton. It is very busy with a lot of people trying out the new place, so reservations recommended. Without a reservation, you may still be able to get a place in the bar. It is divided into two halves: the modern restaurant side, and the bar side which is a wonderful re-creation of the old Alberta Hotel bar from early 1900's.
The dinner menu gives you the option of ordering small plates, like tapas, or regular dinner size plates. We had 2 couples, so we ordered 4 small dishes for each couple; it was just right.
The much touted KFC Korean Fried Cauliflower was a bit of a letdown; it was good but not worth a WOW. The mozzarella stuffed meat balls, crispy pork belly, gem salad, cornbread with bacon, and grilled prawns were all very good.
The blue crab cakes were just OK. The cakes were a bit mushy, not very crab tasting. The accompanying Chipotle Aioli could use a bit more zip.
The Spinalis Rib Eye Rolls were very good, tender and juicy. The accompanying Horseradish Crème Fraiche did not taste of horseradish at all.
Prices for the small plates average about $15, the large plates $25. Salads and sides very reasonable prices.
We definitely will be going back, there are more things to try on their menu.
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