Every now and then I like to write about things other than Commercial Real Estate in Edmonton and last year's blog on the great eateries in the North Edge BRZ of Edmonton (105 to 107 Ave between 101 St and 116 St) was a big hit so I thought I'd mention a couple of new restaurants (well new for me) that I just discovered that are superb. And so without further ado, here we go;
Tasty Tom's Bistro on Whyte - 9965 82 Ave
Late last year I had the pleasure of being referred to Tom, the owner of Tasty Tom's, as after 15 years it was time for a change and Tom wanted to sell. The new owner Lisa is just as friendly as Tom and injects the energy of youth into the business. Don't worry because Tom shared all his recipes with Lisa and her dad is a five star chef so the food should be every bit as good as it was.
Tasty Tom's is a laid-back and friendly place with that relaxed atmosphere that just puts you at ease. The menu is casual with all your favourites from hamburgers to Clubhouse sandwiches but with a few twists. Tom added flair from cuisines around the world. Many of the typical north american breakfasts have German influences like bratwurst for example and Tom's famous ketchup (you can buy a bottle to take home) has curry amongst other top-secret flavour enhancements to make it delicious if you're a ketchup person like me.
New owner Lisa talked about adding a few Asian cuisine touches so it can only get better.
As far as portions and food quality go, it is hard to beat Tasty Tom's. The hamburgers are huge and heaped with mushrooms. The home-style fries are delicious.
The Nawabs - 110 Mayfield Common
We went into The Nawabs for the first time earlier this week. It was a weekday so it was fairly quiet so service was very quick, and we were quite impressed with the food. My wife and I both ordered the 1 person combo of Basmati Rice, Butter Chicken, Chick Peas in Sauce and Naan Bread. While the entire meal was of great quality and fresh, the Butter Chicken and the Naan Bread were out of this world. The Butter Chicken sauce had a superb smoky flavour that was very distinctive and really made the dish. I mentioned it to our server and he replied that they cooked it in a clay oven. I didn't enquire further but suspect they must cook it on a wood fire or at least toss some wood chips in.
The naan bread was delicious, fresh and coated with a garlic butter and with a hint of the same smoky flavour so no doubt into the clay oven it also went.
Anyways, there's a couple of places on my favorites list. Give them a try, I hope you like them.