Not many places on Edmonton Downtown Dining Week had me excited this year, save for Alberta Hotel Bar & Kitchen. Seeing as I haven’t been there yet, it jumped straight to the top of my list. I hadn’t been for lunch with Dbone for what’s felt like ages so we decided to hit up AHBK on opening EDDW day (such a stupid looking acronym) for a much needed Friday lunch.
The inside is gorgeous. Way nicer than anything I was anticipating. The bar is to your right when you first walk in while the main dining area falls to the left. We were able to snag a table in the bar area without a reservation.
Couple signs out front beckoning you in. Happy hour’s from 4pm to 6pm and their bar is actually a chill spot to grab a drink.
Regular lunch menu sounds tasty but we were here for their EDDW lunch special.
$15.00 two-course lunch? Yes, please. Sharing’s caring so we got one of each to try.
Roasted vegetable tart
With baby greens, citrus aioli & beet meringue. There were only four tarts left by the time we had sat down so of course, we ordered one to try. The beet meringue gave the dish a pop of beautiful colour and was super delicious. Didn’t even taste like beet. The tart was light, flaky and was gone pretty quickly.
Alberta lamb ribs
BBQ glaze, mango, pomegranates, avocado, Bleswold Farms goat cheese and dill vinaigrette. The lamb ribs were nice and tender. The portion looks small but it was a decent amount of meat (just a few tiny bones). We both weren’t fans of the BBQ glaze as you couldn’t really tell that it was lamb. Where’s my gamey meat flavours??? Don’t recall any avocado or pomegranates in my salad. The mango was fresh though. Good but the swordfish was the winner.
With caper, red currant and pine nut beurre blanc over warm Gold Forest Grains faro, glazed local beets, spinach and leeks. Um, faro where have you been all my life? This was absolutely delicious. All these “ancient” grains are just bomb. Tasty, has a nice “bite” to it and perfect alternative to your standard carb. The beet was perfectly cooked with a touch of sweetness. Same with the swordfish – moist, flavourful, balanced flavours. YUM.
Great spot to impress a date or have a few after work drinks. I was pretty content with our meal and looking forward to trying out AHBK’s regular lunch/dinner menu.
Alberta Hotel Bar & Kitchen
9802 Jasper Avenue