Review: Sorrentino’s Bistro and Bar

10162 100 St., Edmonton – Website

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Date of Visit: July 10, 2015

I came across this place online and had made a note to come for dinner one evening but when some lunch plans fell through I ended up stopping here instead. Happily,  I wasn’t disappointed…

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Ambience and Service

The interior of Sorrentino’s is quite elegant with white tablecloths, understated but stylish furnishings, and a nice, long marble topped bar. It is apparent, once you step inside that the place will be expensive and that is indeed the case. I was seated right away by a very friendly young lady and the service throughout my stay was as professional as you would expect from such an establishment except for an irritating, and all too common tendency to inquire, every thirty seconds or so, whether the customer is now ready to order.

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The menu here is almost exclusively Italian with several interesting antipasti and some fairly standard pasta selections. The lunch menu has only four mains but, of note, they do a Buffalo Cannelloni as well as a Pickerel dish, which is not seen often. One nice touch was the bread with seasoned olive oil I was given on being seated. The olive oil was pleasantly redolent with garlic and a nice hint of thyme.

My Meal

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Snow Crab Cake – This came with a bruschetta style topping of tomato and black garlic with a saffron aioli. There was also a nice salad of greens on the side with a light olive oil dressing. The crab cake was a little dry, and minced a little too finely (this tends to diminish the sweetness of the meat), but it was otherwise quite nice. I liked the saffron aioli but I honestly wasn’t really sure how well it complimented the crab. I have had better crab cakes elsewhere but this was still fine and I gave it a 3 out of 5.

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Seared Scallops – These three scallops were served on top of a puree of leek and potato with additional fried leek. The scallops were nicely grilled, being crisp outside and juicily tender in the middle, and the fried leek added a nice textural contrast. The leek-potato puree was tasty but the whole dish was not far off cold and that really diminished my enjoyment. Accordingly, I reduced my rating from a 4 to a 3 out of 5.

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Arancini Poutine – Arancini are small balls of rice, often blended or stuffed with cheese, that are deep fried in breading until golden, thus giving them the name, which means ‘little oranges’. Here, they have done an interesting fusion with Poutine by serving the balls in a fondue of Fontina cheese, porcini mushrooms, truffle oil and wild boar bacon. I liked it but I found it a little rich, especially for an appetizer selection. Less cheese sauce would have been more, and I wouldn’t miss the truffle oil (it was really overkill here). Still, it was a decent idea and I gave it a 3 out of 5.

Overall

I had a pretty good meal in nice surroundings and I think this would be a good choice for dinner sometime. I would return and I rate the place at a 4 out of 5.

 

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