Arancini Poutine at Sorrentino's Italian Restaurant in Edmonton

Arancini Poutine at Sorrentino's Italian Restaurant in Edmonton

Arancini Poutine at Sorrentino’s in Edmonton

I enjoyed a number of good dishes at Sorrentino’s in downtown Edmonton during a ten day stay in the City. The place is an upscale Italian restaurant of the white-tablecloth variety, and the service was excellent on each of my visits. The appetizer you see above is an attempt at a fusion of an old Italian classic with a Canadian favorite of more recent origin. I am not sure how successfully they captured the Canadian part of the dish, but the result was very interesting.

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Aloo Tikki at the Haweli Indian Restaurant in Edmonton

Aloo Tikki at the Haweli Indian Restaurant in Edmonton

Aloo Tikki at the Haweli Indian Restaurant in Edmonton

The Aloo Tikki appetizer served to me at the  Haweli Indian Restaurant in downtown Edmonton was a fairly simple affair as these things go. It wasn’t quite as good as the Aloo Tikki Chat at the Curry Kebab House in Ottawa (which still remains one of the best appetizer I have ever had in in an Indian restaurant), but it came very close on many counts, and was absolutely delicious.

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Bengali-style Chili-Mint Chayote

Bengali-style Chili-Mint Chayote

Bengali-style Chili-Mint Chayote

This dish was originally created with a view to it being served hot. It turns out, however, that it is very nice cold, and the spicy, minty flavored, and crisply tender Chayote preparation makes a nice vegetable side dish as a small part of an Indian meal. Indeed, it can take the place of a pickle, or chutney as a very tasty accompaniment to a Biriyani, or a Curry.

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Seafood Linguine at Play, Food & Wine in Ottawa

Seafood Linguine at Play, Food & Wine in Ottawa

Seafood Linguine at Play, Food & Wine in Ottawa

I have previously described a number of wonderful dishes served to me at Play, Food, & Wine down in Ottawa’s Market, with their Grilled Tempeh, and their Grilled Haloumi coming especially to mind. The little bistro style establishment is one of my favorite restaurants in a district with a heavy concentration of fine dining locations and, as a rule, the service and the quality of the food is excellent. Once in a while, however, standards fail, as in the case of the truly awful dish of Linguine with Seafood I ordered on this particular occasion.

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