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Sage - Edmonton - meal report

foodiesnorth | Jan 24, 2009 09:05 AM

We went last night expecting a great meal. I am sad to report that, at least last night, we had anything but. True it had highlights, but the place is not worth the drive or the price if this is a normal night.

The food: We had three small plates for appetizers, tuna tartar, proscuitto and melon and ceviche. Tartar was blah, proscuitto was cut much too thick, was palid in colour and chewy to the point where we did not eat it all. The ceviche had the potential to stand out, lots of great flavours, but they killed it with what we suspect was a bottled chili sauce. The chips (garnish) were good though!

I had the Wagyu. A bit thin to my liking BUT the flavour and texture were perfect...for the first few bites. My SO had the bone in RIbeye, same thing....well cooked, wonderfully tender then it got tough. Neither of us have had this happen before....meat toughening over the course of 10 or 15 minutes! That mystery aside (for which we would love an explation for someone smarter than either of us) , she loved her steak whereas I found mine to be inconsistently seasoned. When I hit a seasoned patch, it was amongst the best steaks I have eaten.

Some veg came with ther steaks. The vegetables were mostly undercooked.

We ordered three sides as this is basically a meat on a plate order - very American that way. The wild mushrooms were good. The cassoulet was very good (although when we make it we tend to let the beans cook a bit more. The cassoulet was off the specials list. The "mixed baby veg" was mostly adult snow peas and more undercooked carrot with one string of broccolini I think.

The Desert: A creme brulee and coconut rice pudding were both excellent.

The drinks: I ordered a lychee nut martini with Effin martini ever. SO ordered an unsalted caeser. She got a glass of clamato. The waiter insisted it was lacking only the seasoning...we both insisted it had no vodka whatsoever. He persisted (and so did I). Sent that back and got an okay caesar with a slice of lime and a pickled asparagus (both missing from the first glass). The waiter told us the bartender mixed up our drinks with another table. Very good selection of wines both in terms of varietals and countries represented.

The service: very knowledgable, friendly not in your face service. No complaints at all except waiters should not persist in disputes with customers - there was no effin vodka in that drink!.

The value: For what should be coming out the kitchen, good value. For what came out, average to fair value.

Overall, the place is a nice room. I have read a previous post complaining about the lack of separation from the casino. I don't agree. The tables are primarily on the opposite side of the bar from the casino. Never really noticed the casino. Didi not smell smoke; did not hear noise.

Conclusion: We will not be returning any time soon. The menu is dated and boring with some bright spots. There was little or no local product that we could find. There issome potential in the menu, but we were at the grand opening of the casino years ago and I don't think the menu has changed since then. The "tasting menu" is not. It is a basic three course special for the day. There really is nothing to commend the place...except maybe the lychee martini, the first few bites of the wagyu steak and desert.

I have to admit we wanted to like the place and were very disappointed in what we got.

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