The manager, Ian Carriere had arranged for us to identify ourselves to him when we arrived via a secret code word, “Snuffleupagus”. Ian was an excited, exuberant, passionate, and extremely enthusiastic person. He spent a considerable amount of time going through the menu with us to let us know what his favorites were, what items were new, and what items were carried over from the previous incarnation of Social Modern Pub.
|Bacon Wrapped Bacon|
|Bacon deserves more than one picture|
We ordered a number of items that Ian had suggested including the bacon wrapped bacon that wasn’t on the menu and they were in the process of reworking. The current incarnation consisted of strips of side bacon that had been coated with brown sugar, encasing back bacon that had been baked in the oven and caramelized. You could smell the sweetness of the caramelized sugar when it hit the table. The taste was a delicate interplay between sweet and salty. The only qualm we had as we polished it off was that the size of the back bacon was slightly too large, making it difficult to eat in a single bite. Also due to its sheer size, the back bacon wasn’t as caramelized as it could have been and therefore tasted more like ham than bacon.
For the entrée, we ordered the chicken Italiano that had an extremely flavorful layer of pesto coating the bread. The chicken within was juicy and tender, while the amount of goat cheese was perfect to give the sandwich a hint of gooey cheese without overwhelming it.
Overall, neither @thepolishviking nor I went in with very high expectations and were pleasantly surprised with the enjoyable meal we had. It is definitely a place I’d return to for a solid meal at reasonable prices.
For another take, read @thepolishviking's blog post - The Social [Modern] Network.
(Note: There was no financial compensation from Social Modern Pub for this blog post, although they did cover the cost of our meals and drinks. Prior to agreeing to the offer of a free meal, restaurants must agree that any review provided by me will completely reflect my thoughts and opinions - good or bad, and will not be swayed by having a free meal provided.)
Social Modern Pub
10807 106 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 4A7