Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Red Ox Inn

In light of Fork Fest Raeanna and I wanted to take advantage of this awesome dinning opportunity and try some new places. I really like what the Red Ox Inn had to offer for their menu so we headed there. It was a three-course meal at $45.00 from their current menu! (BTW our server told us that their website was hacked into so their menu may be different in person than on the website. Why a restaurant website? No idea)

I love how small and quaint the restaurant is, very dim restaurant lighting which is so bad for my pictures but perfect for a dinner date.

My Appetizer: Creamy butternut squash with creme fraiche and duck confit.

This soup although a bit sweet than I would like was great. Great color, texture and just added warmth to me. The braised duck was the texture and taste of Peking Duck was added a bit of salt to the sweet soup. All in all it was a great pretty bowl of soup.

Raeanna's Appetizer: Golden Beet Salad with Arugula with candied walnuts and pear vinaigrette.

This salad looked so light and fresh, the pear vinaigrette added great tartness to the salad according to Raeanna. I love the little bits of candied walnuts, a added bonus to taste and texture.

My Main: Duck: Grilled breast, butternut squash caponata, crisp risotto cake, red wine reduction

This was a very hearty main. The duck had the perfect crispy skin and fat with a medium rare inside. The Risotto cake just reminded me of the grilled cheese Raeanna had in Prague. But it was ok, since I am not the greatest fan of risotto to begin with.

Raeanna's Main: Char: Pancetta wrapped roast garlic stuffed Arctic Char, chorizo potatoes, and sherry vinaigrette

She enjoyed her dish very much. However the bite I had, I wished there was more pancetta flavor.

Raeanna's Dessert: Individually baked warm chocolate cake served with vanilla bean ice cream

My Dessert: Blueberry and white chocolate bread pudding served warm with creme anglaise

My oh my how looks can be deceiving. This simple cut of their bread pudding was deadly. Warm, gooey and full of blueberry and chocolate flavor it was going to make me over stuffed for the evening.

Red Ox Inn

9420 91 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB T6C 1Z5

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Gathering at Allegro

A couple weeks back, I went to Erika's Bday Dinner at Allegro. However, I was terribly sick and could not truly taste what I was eating. Sad I know, the only thing I was able to do was comment on texture. So the following are just some pretty pictures to savor at.

Baby squid lightly floured served with spicy marinara sauce ($14.95)

Chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, olive oil, white wine and feta cheese ($18.95)

Homemade pasta stuffed with milk fed veal and cheese with mushroom cream and marinara sauce ($17.95)

Breast of Chicken sauteed with mushrooms in a sherry cream sauce with pasta ($24.95)

Combination of shrimp, calamaretti, clams, mussels and scallops, served in white wine sauce, garlic and olive oil ($20.95)

Allegro Italian Kitchen
10011-109 Street
Edmonton, AB

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