I was up in Edmonton on business this week and I had the pleasure of going to the Hardware Grill for dinner with a number of work colleagues.
The ambience is very pleasing with a good mixture of old and new design sensibilities.The service for the most part was very professional and friendly without being cloying. The only complaint was that our waiter after taking our initial drink order diappeared for a little while...that was the only glitch over the course of the evening with respect to the service.
Now for the superb food. If I was to compare HG to a Calgary restaurant in terms of the menu I would say it quite similiar to The Belevedere. Lots of high end products (foie gras, truffles, porcini mushrooms) used in great combinations. Here is a sampling of what the table had to eat:
Pepper Crusted Ahi Tuna (Rare) with Warm Provençale Tomato Tart,
Wood Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette and Aged Balsamic
House Apple wood Smoked Salmon, Truffled Potato Perogies,
Grain Mustard Sauce & Canadian Salmon Caviar
Atlantic Scallops, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Brandade Potato Galette,
Chanterelle Emulsion, Roasted Red Pepper Butter
“Meat & Potato”
Seared Quebec Foie Gras, Mini Baked Potato, Truffle Butter and Fleur de Sel
Bacon Wrapped Elk Paired with Red Wine Short Ribs, Potato Gnocchi
Baby Spinach, Apple & Roasted Garlic, St.Ermite-Raspberry Reduction
Porcini Crusted Sea Bass, Lobster-Truffled Potato Crêpes,
White Corn-Arugula & Gulf Prawns, with Warm Portobello Vinaigrette
Alberta Beef Tenderloin, Blue Cheese-Gratin Potatoes, Roasted Chioggia
Beets, Horseradish Crème Fraîche, Bordelaise Sauce
Lamb Rib Eye Wrapped with Beef Short-Ribs and Foie Gras,
Pesto Roast Potatoes, Shoestring Vegetables, Zinfandel Reduction
I had the scallops to start followed by the Sea Bass and they were both superb. The rest of my fellow dining companions also raved about their food. The only criticism I would give to the food is that I ordered some Canadian artesinal cheeses for my dessert and the bread it came with was very dry and uninspiring...it is too bad because the cheeses were very good.
All in all a great night but be warned it is very expensive...thank God for expense accounts. Cheers.