his article first appeared in YP Dine here.
Quality, quality, quality - I can’t say it enough. What makes a restaurant consistently good is the quality of food, attention to detail and the level of service provided. The following restaurants have been serving up delicious eats for years and know what it takes to keep you coming back for more.
Hardware Grill is one of my favorite restaurants because it’s always consistently good. Everything about the experience meets my expectations for a high-end meal, as the quality of food is superb and the service is top-notch. I have yet to have a bad experience and I appreciate the early dining menu that’s provided from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. If you dine in-between those times, you can experience a three-course meal for a fraction of the price. Also, if possible, opt for a seat next to the kitchen so you can view your meal being prepared!
Tzin Wine & Tapas
This tiny restaurant packs a big flavour punch, so don’t be discouraged by the size of it – they know how to do food! I’d definitely make a reservation for Tzin, as there’s a good chance that walk-ins wont be accommodated right away. I’d opt for the paella, if it’s in season, as their menu changes constantly. The staff here are very friendly, and won't hesitate to explain where your dish came from, how it was prepared and what kind of wine would best accompany it. This place is a must if you’re in the mood for sharing and wine!
I first spotted this gem in South Terwillegar, tucked away in strip mall, but they’ve since expanded into St. Albert. If you sit on the restaurant side, I recommend a seat next the kitchen, if available, so that you can peek in on the craziness that goes on right before your eyes. Some recommendations from the menu are the hoisin-glazed beef short ribs, Pacific chinook salmon and, my personal favourite, the Atlantic lobster ravioli. The price is steep but it’s worth it for that creamy, rich, perfectly cooked ravioli – it’s one of the reasons I keep coming back.