|Prosecco to start|
|Braised pork belly|
|Drawing pictures during the long wait|
We started with the braised pork belly appetizer, which had a herb French toast, grilled asparagus, apple reduction and a poached egg. The asparagus was crispy and flavorful, and the poached egg was spot on, oozing everywhere when cut open. These elements were clearly the stars of this plate while the pork belly, which should have shined, was a bit overcooked and chewy. On it’s own, the French toast had little flavor, but went well with the slightly sweet apple reduction and creamy goodness of the oozy egg yolk.
|Glazed duck breast|
Starving by this point since the appetizer wasn’t very large, I began to become concerned the humans might eat the Moo, as I anxiously looked at the clock waiting for our mains to arrive. Over an hour and twenty minutes after our arrival at the restaurant, we got our mains and were sorely disappointed at what we received after enduring such a long wait.
|Upside down creme brulee with mini apple pie|
The female hum had ordered a medium rare Spring Creek striploin with rosti, braised cabbage, and grainy mustard sherry reduction sauce. Although the steak looked medium rare, she said it was very very dry, as well as extremely peppery and salty, so much so that she was actually able to pinch a sizeable amount of salt and pepper off the top. The rosti was nice and crispy, but extremely salty and after two or three bites, I had to give up on it as it became saltier the more I ate. Although we had told both the host and the server that the steak was dry, with too much pepper and salt, the only response we received to this feedback was the server saying he would inform the chef, and the host responding with “I’m glad to hear the meal is good!”…. I am not certain how he interpreted us saying the meal to this point was ok and an over seasoned steak as good… but perhaps he doesn’t understand Moo-ese or wasn’t sure how to respond to a faux fur bovine dining at his restaurant?
|Too thick of a shell to bite through|
Even with an $80 Groupon, we still wound up paying an additional $60 for a very long, very disappointing meal. Had the service been quicker and more attentive, and the food not over seasoned or over cooked, it would have been more enjoyable. Although they could be having an off night due to the large groups they were serving that evening, their prices are far too high for me to consider returning to find out if the bad food and slow service was a result of being overwhelmed by the number of diners in their restaurant that evening.
5842 111 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6H 3G1
UPDATED (March 16, 2013): CLOSED