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4th and Vine, Edmonton

Dan G | Feb 28, 2009 08:06 PM

Had been there for drinks before but never ate there. Went for dinner Friday night, 2 couples with reservation for 5:30. Menu looked good, interesting food, OK wine list, not bad prices. for reference so you can see that it looks very enticing. Quick look at menu, ordered food and wine by 5:40. Cutlery and napkins delivered on bread plates...might make sense, but we were never offered any bread, so for entire evening had these 4 empty plates taking up space on table.

Got salads around 5:50 pm.

Men each order caesar salads, women split mixed green salad. They said it was fine, but the matchstick-cut apple and pear pieces were brown, as though they had been cut long before and sat out. Caesars looked very interesting on menu but in reality romaine was so perfectly cut into 1" chunks it was probably bagged, dressing was pretty much non-existent and what had no mustard flavour though I did notice 2 or 3 mustard seeds, pita chips good, shaved asiago was finely grated not shaved, parmesan chip was overly thick and heavy, and proscuitto was not crisp. Awful salad. Plates off table around 6:05 - 6:10.

Then we wait. And wait. And watch a table of two who were seated as we ate our salads get their entrees (they only ordered one course). And waited longer. Would have been nice to have someone come along and offer more water. Or at least come by and say things were taking a bit longer...

Finally, around 7:00 we get entrees: I had paella, wife had beef tenderloin, other couple chicken breast and pork tenderloin. All three meat dishes came with the same odd potato cake, even though menu listed different potatos for each one. Pork was very poorly presented - except for a few withered green beans, it was all brown. Chicken breast was skin on, but only on part...not sure what happened to the rest! Both proclaimed to be utterly flavourless. Beef tenderloin ordered medium rare was brown throughout, and the plate was just doused in the sauce. My paella was probably the best of the 4 meals, with 4 large shrimp, 2 huge scallops, 8-10 mussels, and lot of ham and very mediocre chorizo, but then only a small portion of rice. And way too tomato-ey, with no saffron flavour. I guess it was a good deal, as it was a great portion of seafood/meat, but more rice less meat would have been more appropriate.

Women had desserts which came reasonably fast: one a creme brulee which she said was the first time she had one with no flavour, and also couldn't figure out why there was extra sugar sprinkled on top. Other had apple crisp-crumble which was actually some baked apple mush on top of a piece of cake that was moist to the point of being watery - theory was that it was frozen and thawed in microwave.

In total, 2 1/2 hours of really crappy food and service. The only reason I would ever even contemplate going back is they have a great scotch selection at dirt cheap prices.

And since I am on a rant about this place, if you call yourself a wine bar, don't serve every wine in the same style of glass (they were cheap and heavy burgundy glasses, inappropriate for most reds and absolutely silly for whites!)

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