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Posted @ 5/6/2012 2:43 PM By Graham Hicks
It's a pleasure to find a gentle, unpretentious, consistent place to eat.It's even more unusual when the establishment is actually a chameleon, a gastro-pub/lounge in the early evening, morphing into a nightclub as time goes by.Suede Lounge has managed to own this turf on the west end of Jasper Avenue (across the parking lot from Earl's Tin Palace) since Jeff Koltec opened the restaurant/lounge in 2004. He sold it last fall.The new owners, thank goodness, see no need for drastic change and have in fact brought in Chef Andrew Seguin from Calgary to maintain Suede's calling card of good, original food.The room is truly versatile. Modern without going overboard on trendiness, it's 60 seats or so, with a stand-up and mingle area, separated by a few stairs from the dining space.We dined at Suede Lounge as a most successful Art of Conversation LXVIII wound down in the stand-up area. While the crowd continued to socialize, the dining area didn't feel crowded or overwhelmed.Suede is known as a wine bar, but its menu ...
Posted @ 4/12/2012 4:12 PM By Graham Hicks
The Dauphine Bakery and Bistro(780) 421-4410
10129 104 st
Edmonton, AB T5J0Z9
Mon to Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday open until 7 p.m.
As the Queen of Tarts of the 104 Street Downtown Farmers’ Market, Linda Kearney’s lemon tart pies were usually sold out before noon.
Fortunately, Kearney had the energy to expand into a permanent bakery and bistro, which sadly, for copyright reasons, cannot use the “Queen of Tarts” moniker.
The Dauphine is just steps away from her summer market booth, and what a fine addition to the year-round dining scene it is.
The ambience is surprising and delightful.
The street-front doors of the old building on 104 Street open onto a wide set of cathedral stairs, leading into an airy loft basement that is anything but — huge ceilings and natural light from the storefront windows create an inviting bakery with the floor space of a warehouse.
The main dining space is a niche alongside the great staircase, just seven or eight tables, pl ...
Posted @ 3/16/2012 1:21 PM By Graham Hicks
Shane Chartrand is newly arrived as the executive chef of Murrieta’s West Coast Bar + Grill on Whyte Avenue.
The Fantasyland Hotel’s L2 Grill, under Shane’s direction, was named in this column as the city’s top restaurant in 2011.
New management at the hotel led to a change in culinary philosophy not compatible with Shane’s talent.
Fortunately, the executive chef job at Murrieta’s came vacant. Shane was head-hunted for the position.
While Murrieta’s is part of a three-restaurant group – with Murrieta’s in Calgary and Canmore – the owner believes each chef should have full rein over his or her kitchen.
The Weekly Dish went to dine at the “new” Murrieta’s last weekend, not realizing Chartrand’s spring menu, his first, was still weeks away.
Not to worry, we were offered a “sneak peek” at the menu to come, with pricing comparable to the current offerings.
Oh boy … a w ...