Yiannis Taverna – Edmonton, Alberta

Last weekend we went for a great meal at Yiannis Taverna in Edmonton.  It was a celebration for our family with it being my mother-in-law’s birthday and was a chance for the family to be together before Christmas!

My Mother-in-law loves Greek food so we always try to have that for her on her birthday.  Yiannis Taverna had recently been renovated so I was excited to see what they had done with the place and they did not disappoint! The renovations that they have done have made the restaurant very inviting and modern looking! There is a lot of space there, with plenty of room for people to have their Christmas Parties, Birthdays and other celebrations!

Now for the food! We all had ordered different plates and happy to say that everyone was very happy with their food! My Hubs ordered the Rack of Lamb and I think I have to say that that was the winning plate of the night! Great flavour and cooked perfectly!

All in all in it was a great evening with music, food, laughter and great time spent with our family! If you are in the Edmonton area check out this great restaurant!

Yiannis Taverna

Sabor Restaurant in Edmonton

On Friday night my Hubs, sister-in-law and mom-in-law and I went and checked out Sabor Restaurant in Edmonton.  After reading a bit about the restaurant, I was really interested to check it out!  They have influences of Portuguese and Spanish, but they are also an Oceanwise Certified Restaurant.  I was up for having some really good seafood and wine!

The decor and vibe of the restaurant was so nice! From the hardwood floors to the lighting, I loved it all! The restaurant was actually a lot bigger then I thought it was going to be! Whether you wanted to sit in the front lounge area or the in the restaurant, they have the space!

For the Food!

I could have sat there all night just ordering the Share Plates! They were so good and a very good portion that all 4 of us were able to have some of each.  For the Share Plates we ordered Tuna Carpaccio, the Grilled Piri-Piri Prawns, Caesar Salad and the Clams & Pork Belly.  My two favourites were the Piri-Piri Prawns, the prawns were grilled perfectly and the spice was so good! My other favourite hands down was the Clams & Pork Belly…AMAZING! The clams were cooked perfectly and the pork belly was perfectly crispy! I would go back just for that one!

For Dinner we ordered the Seafood Paella, Tagliatelle with Prawns, Chinook Salmon and the Lobster Risotto. I had some of the Lobster Risotto and I think that was my favourite out of the 4!

The one big disappointment was that we didn’t leave enough room for Desert! But hey thats just a good excuse to go back!

If you are in Edmonton make sure you stop at Sabor!

Sabor Restaurant

Anniversary Dinner at Corso32

My Hubs and I had quite a busy summer! But now that it is over we decided to treat ourselves and celebrate our 2nd Anniversary with a dinner at Corso 32.  I was first told about Corso 32 from my sister and her husband.  She had been hearing that it was a great new restaurant in Edmonton but hadn’t had a chance to make it there.  So about a year ago my good friend, Ms. Cool, and I went and checked it out! It was awesome! So when my Hubs and I decided to head to the City for the weekend and celebrate our Anniversary I knew exactly where we should go! I had called ahead and asked if we could do a tasting menu for our dinner.  My Hubs and I love doing this, it gives you an opportunity to try more items on the menu and its just something different to.  Some restaurants will have set tasting menus but if you don’t see it being offered, don’t be shy and ask if that is something that they can do!

Corso 32 is a small Italian restaurant…and I mean small! I love how from the outside you wouldn’t even really know that there is a restaurant until you get almost right up to the door.  Once you are inside there are just small tables grouped together in a very cozy atmosphere.  I also love that even though the restaurant is small and the tables are close together it still felt very intimate and no issue having your own conversation…if that makes sense 😉

We decided to also do wine pairings with our meals which was a great idea and I am so happy that we did it! Our server was awesome and very knowledgeable and did not push us or try to hurry us through the courses.

We had 6 course and ranged from a prosciutto and cheese plate to probably the best braised short rib that I have had in my life!

If you are in Edmonton make sure you make it to Corso 32, you will not be disappointed!

Corso32

The Marc!

Over the weekend we went to Edmonton to pick up my Nephew and Niece who will be staying with me and the Hubs for the Summer! The play Wicked was also playing that weekend so we decided to make a night of it with the family!

My sister-in-law chose the restaurant for dinner and couldn’t have found a better place! The Marc is a great French restaurant with great food and great service!

Now onto the food!

My Hubs and I decided to try out the Steak Tartar.  I have never had this dish before and I thought that it was delicious! It came with Bread and Cornichons, I honestly could have eaten the whole thing without the bread! But the whole dish was great! For our mains I had the Lamb and Hubs had the Pork Shoulder Chop! The lamb chops were so good and cooked perfectly! They were served with peas and couscous!

The next time you are in Edmonton, check out this restaurant! You won’t be disappointed!

The Marc

Koutouki Taverna

This weekend the Gartner family gathered together to celebrate my mother in-laws 60th birthday! It was a great weekend filled with laughter, some wine and great food! My mother in-law is a huge fan of Greek food so we decided to check out Koutouki Taverna for her birthday dinner!

What a great restaurant! When we first walked into the restaurant we were hit by an overwhelming delicious smell of garlic (which instantly made me happy!). On Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant is filled with music, belly dancers and don’t be surprised if you get picked up to dance around the restaurant and enjoy your complimentary shot of Ouzo!

We sampled a little bit of everything for appies including grilled calamari, dolmades, mussels and shrimp. All of our entrées came with Greek salad as one of the sides, so instead of bringing everyone their individual salads they served a huge bowl of Greek salad that could be served family style.

Family style has to be the best, I just love how it just pulls everyone in to the dinner and creates conversations! For my entrée I had the Arni Kleftico (slow roasted lamb), it was so good and crazy tender!

Overall this restaurant was a gem to find! From the food, atmosphere and the great staff, you don’t want to miss eating there if you have a chance!

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