More Edmonton Tasty Eats- Packrat Louie, Corso 32, Guru, Moose Factory

#8- Tom Goodchild’s Moose FactoryEdmonton-20130209-00766

Rib eye steak with truffle hollandaise and a side of lobster mac 'n cheese

Rib eye steak with truffle hollandaise and a side of lobster mac ‘n cheese

location– on Calgary Trail, north of Whitemud.

cuisine style– steakhouse.

atmosphere– warm, comfy and rustic.

price range– pricey, entrees range $22-50ish.

our favorite dish– any of the sides! Yam fries, mushrooms, lobster mac ‘n cheese, parmesan zucchini. I would go again just for the sides!

We rated this restaurant 4.5/5 for the taste, 3/5 for the value. There were about 20 of us and I didn’t ask everyone but I’m guessing all the non-vegetarians would return in a heartbeat. However if you are vegetarian, try the parmesan zucchini appetizer! Delicious!

I ordered the rib eye steak (medium) and shared it with a friend.  This is one of those restaurants where you pay for the steak only and then order your sauce and all your sides separately (Ruth’s Chris downtown is the same).  Our mac ‘n cheese with added lobster was very good but I’ve had better, only because I prefer mac ‘n cheese with truffle oil when I dine out.  I have somewhat of an obsession with truffle oil!  The yam fries were a huge hit with us due to the mildly spicy aioli that accompanied it.  I wish I had taken a picture of these- they came in a little frying basket and were thick-sliced.  If you enjoy yam fries or sweet potato fries, you MUST try these!  Also popular were the mushrooms as a side.  Moose Factory is also known for great sauces- on the table they have a nice sesame creamy sauce and I was impressed with the truffle hollandaise that we ordered to go with our steak.  I’m not a huge fan of hollandaise (not an eggs benny fan!) but I wanted to try something new and it was well worth it!  Plus my truffle oil obsession meant I couldn’t resist….

# 7- Packrat Louie

Some entrees- meatballs, ahi tuna with pasta, lemon pizza

Some entrees- meatballs, ahi tuna with pasta, lemon pizza

The waitress stamped the dessert menu right onto our paper tablecloth!  We loved that!

The waitress stamped the dessert menu right onto our table! Loved that!

location– just off of Whyte Avenue, 103st north of Whyte (beside the park).

cuisine style– Western.

atmosphere– classy but not intimidating, great for a Friday night with friends.

price range– a little pricey, entrees range $25-40ish but you can have a wood-fired pizza for $15 or less.

our favorite dish- it felt as though we tried everything!  After having black truffle meatballs, lemon pizza, beef tenderloin, ahi tuna loin, creme brulee, and sticky toffee pudding- we all agreed that the lemon pizza was the most fabulous dish.  The least favorite among us was the ahi tuna loin (a little bland and disappointing).

We rated this restaurant 4/5 for the taste, 3/5 for the value, 3 out of 3 of us would return.  I personally have been here many times but it’s not for the food or the value, I keep coming back for the atmosphere!

# 6- Corso 32

The simple menu with many tempting choices- I had the squid ink spaghetti which was unique and tasty!

The simple menu with many tempting choices- I had the squid ink spaghetti which was unique and tasty!

Ricotta and black truffle ravioli, fried short ribs, and squid ink spaghetti

Ricotta and black truffle ravioli, fried short ribs, and squid ink spaghetti

location– downtown, Jasper Ave and 103st.  This place isn’t too obvious to find until you are right in front of it!  It’s on the south end of the street, right on Jasper Avenue.

cuisine style– Italian.

atmosphere– intimate, classy but not intimidating.

price range– considering the amazing reviews and the difficulty in getting a reservation, we were surprised that the prices weren’t too bad.  Our most expensive entree choice was $27.

our favorite dish- the fried beef short ribs with shaved pear and arugula salad were amazing.

We rated this restaurant 5/5 for the taste, 4/5 for the value, 3 out of 3 of us would return for a special occasion because we were all pleasantly surprised by the amazing taste for the reasonable prices.  Great place to take a special date!

We tried the black truffle ravioli (sounded more exciting than it actually was, still quite tasty though), the squid ink spaghetti (YUM! came with a spicy bread crumble mixed in that excited my palette and added an interesting texture), and the AMAZING beef ribs.  I hate to hype up any dish too much because then people inevitably end up being somewhat disappointed but all four of us with very different taste palettes agreed that this was a delicious dish and we would return again just for more.

#5- Guru Fine Indian Cuisine

So many tasty dishes to choose from!

So many tasty dishes to choose from!

Chai and dessert

Chai and dessert

location– West Edmonton, on 170st.

cuisine style– Indian.

atmosphere– zen, modern Indian.

price range– around $18 per main meat curry dish (does not include rice or naan).

our favorite dish– we couldn’t decide!  All four chose a different curry as their favorite- the fish, chicken korma, butter chicken, and muttar paneer were all tasty.  The sweet lassi drink was wonderful and everyone enjoyed the rasmalai dessert (not on the menu).

We rated this restaurant 4/5 for the taste, 3/5 for the value.  4 out of 4 of us would definitely return (this is our second visit together).  I really liked the piano versions of popular Bollywood songs that were playing.  Relaxing music opposed to the typical loud Bollywood music blaring.  This place is quite pricey for Indian food… we’ve used a coupon both times that we visited.  The masala chai is interesting– strong ginger flavor if you like that.  The washroom is wonderful if you are a germaphobe- automatic everything!  Lovely place in the west end but too pricey for me to go often.

**For MORE reviews on dining out in Edmonton, check out these great sites- Eats in Edmonton or let’s om nom.

Previous reviews are here.  If you are too lazy to click, see below:

#4- Da De O

This is what we came for!

location– 105 street and Whyte (82nd) avenue

cuisine style– Creole and Cajun

atmosphere– there’s a distinct vibe of an old-fashioned New Orleans cafe with really old jukeboxes on every table (they don’t work) and jazz-related artwork scattered all around

price range– on Mondays and Tuesdays, po’ boys (a selection of cajun sandwiches) are on sale for $9.99.  We came for the $14 bananas foster, though.  More than enough to share with 4 people.

our favorite dishes– the sweet potato fries (my personal favorite in Edmonton), bananas foster dessert that they prepare at your table- watch out for the flames!

We rated this restaurant 5/5 for the taste, 4/5 for the value.  4 out of 4 of us would definitely return (we’ve also been here together before), especially for the completely unhealthy but irresistible dessert.

#3- Chianti’s

Most Edmontonians would recognize this picture... Chianti's has been a Whyte ave staple for many years

location– 105 street and Whyte (82nd) avenue

cuisine style– Italian

atmosphere– spacious with hanging plants and artwork everywhere

price range– on Mondays and Tuesdays, there is a selection of pastas on special for $9.99!  Chocolate mousse and caesar’s salad are also on special.

our favorite dish– the penne alla campesino, a delicious chicken penne with pineapples and curry cream sauce (see the picture above)

We rated this restaurant 4.5/5 for the taste, 5/5 for the value (on Monday and Tuesday nights).  4 out of 4 of us will definitely return (this is our second visit together).  Cheers to our friend Shyam who discovered the pineapple pasta dish years ago.  Chianti’s now also has a north side location in Edmonton- the atmosphere isn’t as nice but parking is very convenient.

#2- The Dish Bistro (also known as The Dish and the Runaway Spoon)

the menu

location– Stony Plain Road, just off 124st in the west part of downtown Edmonton

cuisine style– Western

atmosphere– casual, simple

price range– around $17 – $21 (heaping entree portions)

our favorite dishes– the mushroom pasta, the sticky lime chicken.  Both were great for the first few bites but then your palette stopped enjoying it about halfway through.  Better to share.

We rated this restaurant 3.5/5 for the taste,4/5 for the value.  2 out of 4 of us would return.  Although the portions were sizable and the service was attentive (it was a quiet night), not all of us enjoyed the taste of our dishes.

#1- Tres Carnales

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location– downtown Edmonton

cuisine style– Mexican

atmosphere– casual, fun, trendy urban taco stand (upbeat Mexican music was playing to add to it)

price range– around $11 for 4 tacos

our favorite dish– the beef tacos!

We rated this restaurant 4.5/5 for the taste, 4/5 for the value.  3 out of 3 of us would definitely return.  I’m generally not a fan of Mexican food but I thought this food was fantastic.

So you MUST check this place out if you live in Edmonton and you haven’t already been there.

Once again, for more reviews: Eats in Edmonton & let’s om nom are useful sites.  I’m going to post restaurant reviews on Eats Edmonton from now on.

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