Dining at its Best
After the fresh air of the farm tour, it was time to head back to the hotel for a little freshening up before an evening of restaurant hopping. The Meterra hotel is a pretty place to stay and is situated right in the heart of Edmonton’s entertainment district. Very modern with lots of amenities included in the cost of a room, it also had something I’m sure I’ve never seen before – all the windows and balconies were enclosed with chicken wire. My best guess was to keep the pigeons and magpies from roosting and becoming a problem for both management and guests. My room was lovely, with a marble and granite bathroom, large flat screen tv, internet access; complimentary in-room coffee, continental breakfast and fitness room. It offered most of the conveniences of a large hotel chain in a cozy package.
Then, out the door and off to The Marc.
The Marc Restaurant, located at 9940-106 Street – 100 Sterling Place, is owned by Patrick and Doris Saurette. Based on French cuisine, the menu features steak tartare, pork shoulder confit, house marinated olives and so much more. I and my colleagues went for apps and an Aperol Spritz cocktail.
We ordered the charcuterie plate with came with rabbit and pistachio terrine alongside an assortment of artisanal cold cuts…
and a bowl of tasty steamed mussels.
And off we went to the next stop … Three Boars Eatery. I will be writing quite a bit about this great little hang out soon, but I did want to give you a taste of what co-owners and chefs Brayden Kozak, Chuck Elves and Brian Welch are doing. Three Boars is about the size of a postage stamp. There’s a bar area on the main floor where you can sample all manner of local brew and whisky. On warm days, they open up the patio. Otherwise, there are a few tables in the small room upstairs. The kitchen was so small, the lone chef seemed to be rubbing elbows with the walls. Minimal equipment but lots of talent combine to create an eatery based on a novel concept and a fun atmosphere.
Bite into this: foie gras comesquis; …
beef hangar steak poutine; confit duck leg with parsnip purée and ramp glaze; chicken fried steak bánh mi with house made paté, sriracha mayo and pickled carrots. Very yummy indeed. We ordered five or six different dishes – all meant for sharing. After a while, you know you should stop eating, but it’s all just too good.
After a day full of activity, great food and awesome scenery, it’s back to the hotel to kick back and digest and get ready for another day of eating.
My three days in Edmonton were sponsored by Edmonton Tourism.