|Walnut and Chickpea Slider and Lentil Loaf|
at The Clever Rabbit
|Chilean Sea Bass, Saganaki and Octopus|
Salad at Koutouki
That particular evening we were on a tour of Westmount, which started at the north end of 124 Street and headed south. The first stop of the evening was at The Clever Rabbit, a vegetarian café that I had never had the impetus to visit before. Admittedly, when The Clever Rabbit first opened, I had only seen a glimpse of the sign from a passing bus and originally thought it said “The Cleaver Rabbit”, excitedly thinking a restaurant focusing on serving rabbit had opened, when it was the opposite of such a place!
|Octopus Salad at Koutouki|
In reality, all of the food at The Clever Rabbit is vegan, however they’ve called themselves a vegetarian café to be more approachable to those that are neither vegetarian nor vegan. Their offering for the evening included a walnut and chickpea slider, topped with avocado and tomato. The patty itself had a prominent chickpea taste, and could have benefited from some additional seasoning or sauce to give it more than a one noted flavor. The lentil loaf by contrast was extremely flavorful and tasty, accompanied by mildly salty cashew gravy. Although we were only able to try two small items, I foresee a return trip back to The Clever Rabbit to see what else they have to offer.
The Clever Rabbit
10724 124 Street
Edmonton, AB T5M 0H1
|Split Pea Soup, Reuben and|
Mac and Cheese at Urban Diner
We are served a sampler of Chilean sea bass, mushroom saganaki and marinated octopus salad. The Chilean sea bass was light, flaky and moist, while the accompanying tomatoes were plump and sweet. The octopus salad was approachable even for those that might be leery of eating tentacles. The taste of octopus was understated and enjoyable marinated in red wine vinegar dressing, giving it a hint of acidity. The crispy onions and red peppers contrasted the texture of the octopus and brought the whole dish together. Lastly the mushroom saganaki was lightly dressed with tomato sauce, which didn’t overpower the oozy cheese. I made the mistake of letting it sit while I tasted the other dishes. When I returned, it was a cold and congealed mass of cheese. So eat it while it’s fresh and hot, it tastes much better that way. Service was quick, and the food enjoyable, Koutouki is another restaurant I can foresee revisiting.
10719 124 Street
Edmonton, AB T5M 0H1
|Dessert at Cafe de Ville|
12427 102 Ave
Edmonton, AB T5N 0M2
|Salted Caramel Cream Puff at Cafe de Ville|
|Grainy Lavender and Vanilla Creme Brulee|
at Cafe de Ville
Café de Ville
10137 124 Street
Edmonton, AB T5N 1P6
UPDATED (July 2014): CLOSED
Overall it was an enjoyable evening that allowed us to visit and try out a few restaurants quickly and easily. Although 3 hours might seem like a long night of eating, it passed by quickly since we didn’t spend much time at each location before travelling to another.
However, it could have been more sociable had the group been smaller. Many people attend in couples or large groups of their own, making it virtually impossible to socialize and interact with strangers. Although we sat with different people at two of the restaurants, everyone seemed happy to socialize only with those they came with.
Having taken similar, but significantly smaller tours in Europe, they were much more sociable and allowed us to meet those with similar interests. Dishcrawl could potentially be a good way for those new to the city to meet like-minded individuals while discovering new restaurants, if they hosted some events that were smaller.
Regardless, if you’re looking for a tasty way to spend an evening while experience restaurants in a neighborhood that you might not be familiar with, this is definitely a good way to do it.
Check out their page to find out and buy tickets for upcoming evenings.
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(Note: There was no financial compensation from Dishcrawl for this blog post, although they did provide two free tickets to their Taste of Westmount Dishcrawl event. Any review provided by me will completely reflect my thoughts and opinions - good or bad, and will not be swayed by having free tickets provided.)