|Seared Baja Scallops|
|Porcini crusted sea b|
We started with moolicious seared baja scallops that were plump, moist and buttery tasting, with a creamy smooth cauliflower and pomegranate pistachio relish that added another dimension to the dish with a bit of tart acidity. The hand rolled butternut squash marscarpone tortellini appetizer unfortunately wasn't anywhere as good as the scallops. The pasta was too thick and undercooked, and the butternut squash filling within was bland.
The porcini crusted sea bass entree was moist, juicy and meaty, accompanied by large prawns. The side of lobster truffled potato crepes and arugula were far from successful. The arugula and corn were so over salted it was inedible, and the lobster within the crepes was tough.
When the duck was redelivered, it was moovealously medium rare, juicy and tender as I'd hoped. The house made duck sausage was well seasoned, meaty and lean. The maple glazed carrots were delectable, but the cinnamon flavor did not work well with the quinoa and was left unfinished. We also wondered if they touched anything other than the duck as the sausage, carrots and quinoa were all cold. They did apologize for the gaff and comped the dish, which was nice of them.
|Profiteroles with espresso ice cream|
We also tried out their small endings plate, consisting of a variety of bite sized desserts. Some of the stand out desserts included the white and dark chocolate brownie, which was nice and moist, and the two chocolates were nicely balanced. The chocolate truffles were also a hit, consisting of very dark melt in your mouth chocolate ganache. The shortbread was also well done, buttery and topped with some tart berries. There were however some less successful desserts including a maple fudge square that was overly dry instead of creamy. As well as a coconut macaroon with a gummy texture, and a 12 year old butterscotch pudding, with a tad too much scotch so that the caramel flavor was overwhelmed.
I'd suggest that Hardware Grill remember it's about cooking good food simply in order to ensure their food lives up to diner's expectations. Lastly, they should be proud of everything they send out of their kitchen, and if they know that it isn't cooked correctly, it shouldn't be sent it out.
Overall, it's another one of those places where there were both successes and failures. Similar to our visit to Madison's Grill, considering the hefty bill at the end versus what felt like a meal that was halfheartedly cooked, we aren't in a rush to revisit, especially on our own dime. Particularly considering all the other restaurants in #yeg, there are many other options that serve consistently well cooked food with high quality ingredients, at a much lower price point.
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9698 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 3V5