Food Notes for December 2, 2019

Local Businesses Remedy Cafe and Tiffin Continue to Expand in Edmonton

Many in the hospitality industry are struggling in this current economic climate, but two local businesses are continuing to expand their footprint in the Edmonton area.

Remedy Cafe opened its seventh location in Sherwood Park on November 27, its first outside of Edmonton. Located in the Savona Centre at #110, 200 Festival Lane, founder Zee Zaidi has even committed to hiring only Sherwood Park residents for that branch. Additional locations are in the works, including another Downtown in the Bell Tower.

Tiffin expanded to its third location on November 30, adding a storefront in Windermere at 6089 Currents Drive. This is the second new storefront for the fast casual Indian restaurant this year; they opened their “flagship” restaurant on 104 Street back in May.

Openings

  • Royale, the new burger-focused restaurant from the folks behind Baijiu, will open this week; details to come. Royale is located in the former Blue Plate Diner storefront at 10145 104 Street.
  • Adding to the idea that 104 Street is the new “burger district” in Edmonton, chain Wayback Burgers will be opening its first Alberta shop on Jasper Avenue & 104 Street.
  • Calle Mexico will be opening a south side location at 7704 104 Street.
  • Polar Park Brewing opened after a lengthy renovation period in Old Strathcona (10416 80 Avenue).
  • Also in Old Strathcona, wood-fired eatery Smokey Bear is now open. The Journal has information on what to expect at the restaurant.
  • Whyte House Cafe opened in the space formerly occupied by Gama Cafe (10813 82 Avenue).

Upcoming Events

  • The Alberta Beer Guide is launching their Winter edition on December 4, 2019 at Dirtbag Cafe. Tickets will be available at the door.
  • The annual Christmas Market held at La Cite Francophone will be held on December 6, 13, and 20, 2019 from 5-9pm, and will feature roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, in addition to vendors and music.
  • Filistix has organized a Christmas edition of their popular Bayanihan dinner series on December 18, 2019, which again brings together more than a half dozen Edmonton-based Filipino chefs. Tickets for this 8-course dinner are $85.

Reviews

  • The Journal had a positive experience at Shojo Izakaya, with “well-priced small plates” to share.
  • Twyla offered a mixed review of Braven; while she enjoyed her mains, she felt “shortchanged” on the service end.
  • Graham reviewed a pair of fairly new brew pubs – Campio and Polar Park. He preferred the food at the latter.

Local News

  • Phil started a new web series called Through the Pass, which will explore some of the “stories behind our favourite foods.” The first episode focuses on the chefs at Panini’s Italian Cucina, who happen to be from Eritrea.
  • A vlogger with a travel and food YouTube channel called Cup of TJ toured Edmonton; her visits to the Green Onion Cake Man and Yelo’d were highlights.
  • Ever wanted to re-create the famous University of Alberta Tuck Shop cinnamon buns at home? Here’s your chance.
  • Food Network will debut a new culinary competition show featuring amateur cooks called Wall of Chefs on February 3, 2020. Among the 33 professional chefs who will be part of a rotating judging panel is Edmonton’s own Chef Shane Chartrand.

What I Ate

  • I’ve been spending a lot more time in Chinatown as of late, as we gear up for the third annual Chinatown Dining Week, January 9-19, 2020 (more details to come!). We had a planning meeting last week at one of my favourite Chinatown restaurants, Gui Lin. I love their fried noodles with pork.

Gui Lin

Fried noodles with pork from Gui Lin

  • I was back in Chinatown over the weekend, and picked up one of my favourite grab ‘n’ go lunches – a $5 combo sub from Nhon Hoa. They make their own bread, too.

Nhon Hoa

Combo sub from Nhon Hoa

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