|Lamb Tostada from Zinc|
As this year's festival began, the organizers imposed a new rule that an item can only be done two years in a row, then a new item must be introduced by restaurants to the Taste of Edmonton line up. With this rule in place and a handful of new restaurants participating, it is likely that the bar has been set higher for future years and I'm confident that everyone will step up to the challenge in upcoming years.
|BBQ Pulled Pork from Fairmont Hotel Macdonald|
|Prosciutto wrapped bocconcini from Lit Italian Wine Bar|
|Grilled quail from Hoang Long Family Restaurant|
I was a bit disappointed with the new Taste of Liqueurs and Desserts, expecting that restaurants would want to feature the best they had to offer being the inaugural year. The chocolate raspberry mousse we got from Hong Kong Bakery was not too bad, but also not fantastic. Although the raspberry mousse was airy upon the chocolate cake base, it lacked a sweetness one would come to expect from a dessert with fruit as it's main ingredient. L'Espresso Cafe's chocolate eclair was very large and dense, resulting in a too high dough to filling ratio. Although their baklava was quite good with just a hint of honey to give it a touch of sweetness and the perfect level of crispness.
Hopefully in upcoming years, we can expect other restaurants to bring new, innovative and fresh dishes to Taste of Edmonton, making it as exciting every year as if it were the first.
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Taste of Edmonton
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Usually the 3rd and 4th week of July.