Tuesday, October 18, 2011

D'Lish(ious) Urban Kitchen (CLOSED)

Emeri Pink Moscato
The aptly named D'Lish Urban Kitchen and Wine Bar does not disappoint. We went on a Tuesday, which it turns out is 2 Finger Tuesdays at D'Lish (ie. 2 oz of wine for $2), a dangerous prospect for this wine loving bovine!  The beauty of this promotion is that it allows you to try a larger variety of wine than you otherwise would have. In fact, I opted to try 3 - a bright and fruity Emeri Pink Moscato from Australia, a slightly dry 2009 Enrique Foster Malbec from Argentina, and a fruity, full bodied and sweet 2010 Quail’s Gate Gewurztraminer from the Okanagan.Weighing in at only 11 oz myself, drinking half my body weight in wine made for an interesting evening...

Meat Flatbread
We started with the meat flatbread, the presentation I loved as it was served on a thin black stone instead of the traditional white plate. The delicious smell of caramelized onions immediately wafted upwards as it was placed on the table, and was definitely large enough to share. Consisting of a very thin and crispy flatbread, smothered in pesto, the sweet caramelized onions were balanced by a generous helping of slightly salty smoked bison and a mild blue Ermite cheese. Accompanied by a mild and creamy roasted pepper aioli, the combination of flavors worked well together. The only suggestions for improvement were of a technical nature. The greens on top were just slightly too large, tumbling off when you picked up a piece, and would have benefited from being smaller. The bread itself was a bit too crisp for my liking and was difficult to cut with the butter knife provided. It would have been great if it had precut slightly smaller as the pieces were too long to pick up and eat without the bison falling off.

Chocolate Cherry Torte
The tomatoes were lightly coated with house made molasses, a nice sweet hint to the bright, ripe juicy tomatoes. The Saskatoon berry fresco cheese was creamy and delicious and worked gloriously well with the tomatoes. 

The pork was served three ways, the first was double smoked bacon wrapped around a pork tenderloin. The tenderloin was perfectly cooked, with very smoky tasting bacon surrounding it, along with a very rich and juicy braised belly. The stone fruit coulis was a great accompaniment to the pork with it's sweetness making your mouth water for more. The steelhead trout was the clear winner of the night, with a crispy skin and extremely moist, soft delectable fish inside, served with a side of soft, pan toasted orzo.

The BEST cheesecake in Edmonton

Our desserts, although cakes, were served with spoons, for good reason! The chocolate cherry torte, consisting of a flourless cake, chocolate ganache and gingered sour cherries and essentially had the texture and the taste of the inside of a chocolate truffle. Rich and soft, the first bite was a spoonful of chocolate heaven. So good that I had to protect it from being eaten by my entourage. The goat cheese cheese cake with strawberry rhubarb compote is easily the creamiest and most delicious cheesecake I've EVER tasted in Edmonton. With a lusciously smooth, mouth coating texture, it was rich, yet light and extremely satisfying. It was the perfect ending to the meal.

We will return to try the Faith Taste which is only served certain nights of the week, and for another 1 (or maybe 3) of the best cheesecakes in town!

More photos on Flickr.

D'Lish Urban Kitchen and Wine Bar
10418 – 124th St
Edmonton, AB
Twitter: @dLishWineBar 

UPDATED (March 13, 2012): CLOSED 

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