Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cactus Club (Edmonton)

After a couple hours spent shopping in WEM, me and Moon were sooo hungry. I wanted to try Cactus Club, so we headed there. On a Friday night, it was real busy and were told to prepare for a 45 to an hour wait. After some hesitation, I put my name down and decide to try our luck.

I wasn't keeping the time, but I think within 30 mins we were seated...YAY!

Appetizer: Tuna Tataki ($13.5)
Seared Albacore Tuna, Green Papaya and Carrot Slaw, Orange, Avocado, Pine Nuts, Yuzu Vinaigrette

The appetizer was great, flavors were all clean and great either alone or together. While eating, I could not figure what was in the slaw with the carrots! I later found out it was Green Paypaya! and I thought it was radish or white carrot...haha! The thing I wanted was for the pine nuts to have more a crunch, it was too soft, but overall great dish!

My Main: 9oz Certified Angus Sirloin with Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus ($24)

I also enjoy a GOOD steak, and any good restaurant can cook that! My steak came out JUST right, a good sear with grilled marks and inside a bright with the interior just a bit rare. Hmmm..... The mashed potatoes were warm and a tasty filler and the asparagus were sweet and gave the right crunch!

Moon's Dish: Hunter Chicken
Button, Portabello, Shiitake and Crimini Mushroom with Veal Demi-Glace, Green Beans, and Herb Fingerling Potatoes

When Moon's main came out, I must admit I felt envious! By just looking at her plate I knew it would have to taste good and just by the sheer size of her chicken! Matching my predictions, it was for fact DE-LISH! The chicken breast was so tender that my knife went straight down while cutting it, and they left the skin on! My god, the best part...HAHA. There were so many mushrooms too! <3 style="font-style: italic;">Cactus Club Cafe
1946-8882 170 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB T5T 3J7
(780) 489-1002

Monday, March 15, 2010

(Edmonton) Lazia for Lunch

Saturday afternoon my friends and I wanted to go to a restaurant that's involved with Edmonton Dining Week. However, the first restaurant we were denied because Brinda is not yet eighteen and the place was a bar. Second place only had the menu for dinner. Third and fourth restaurant was only open for dinner not for lunch. =(

So we headed back to the second restaurant, Lazia, just because we couldn't decided on a restaurant and we were all hungry!

Sante Fe Chicken Benedict ($11.95)
Poached Eggs, Pesto Chicken, Sweet Corn Bread Pudding, Cheesy Potatoes, and Fruit Salad

The Sweet Corn Bread Pudding was okay, sweet and savory (probably from the butter on top) but flaking in the bottom. The cheesy potatoes was a let down, it didn't taste like the potatoes was cooked all the way through. All and all, it didn't taste all that special. The Benedict itself and good, eggs cooked a little bit through since the yolk was not at all runny. =( However I found it cool the way they cooked the eggs, almost like it was boiled poached..haha.

Raeanna's Dish: Pad Thai One On ($15.95)

Raeanna's Creme Brulee ($7.95)

I must declared the most sad display of a creme brulee by both me and Raeanna. The top didn't not provide a "crack" sound, the first sign. Then, the filling didn't seem that it set, it was runny like a custard and didn't even taste that good. Very disappointing indeed. =(

Brinda's White Chocolate and Mango Mousse
I must admit it was very Though I didn't care for the mango flavor that much, it tasted artificial to me, and no where in that dessert did I taste white chocolate, also sad =(

Lazia Restaurant
Suite A113
10200-102 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4B7

(780) 990-0188