Posting twice in one day?! Shocking. Don’t worry this is not precedent setting so let’s not get everyone’s hopes up that I will be an extremely active blogger – I’m just procrastinating from real life.
Tonight I had “date” night with my dear friend JP and we hit up The Marc in downtown Edmonton for Downtown Dining Week. I have never been to The Marc before but the dining week menu certainly gives you incentive to try them out. Let’s start with the decor – no pictures were taken by me because I didn’t want to look like a weirdo standing at the hostess stand taking photos and interrupting other people’s dinners. The whole place had clean lines and a nice, contemporary feeling even though it’s a really cozy and intimate space. But it was not so intimate that you’re all up in your dining neighbour’s face. Plus you’re not talking over other people’s conversations. They did a great job in designing the space for maximum seating without squishing you in like a sardine.
Moving on to the best part of any dinner date – the food. The downtown dining week menu had three courses: an appetizer, entree and dessert.
Before we even get to the three courses, let’s start with bread. The bread had this crusty outside and super soft fluffy inside – this is how bread should be. JP and I polished this off in no time and they even brought us more (didn’t take us long to eat that too!). I just really like bread.
The appetizer is described as Seared Scallops with Peas and Tarragon on Carrot Puree and Pickled Fennel (thank goodness the menu is posted online otherwise I would never remember this). Everything about this dish was amazing! The scallops were cooked to perfection, which isn’t always the case since it’s so easy to step over the line from perfect to rubbery and overcooked. The pickled fennel was delicious and my favorite part of the dish. I could probably eat this over and over again without getting sick of it.
The entree was a Pork Belly Aiguilette with Roasted Fennel, Chantrelles, Pearl Onion and Celeriac Puree finished with Maple-Cider Aigre-Doux (what a mouthful!). Sometimes I get a little dubious with pork belly because I don’t like my meat to be overly fatty but this one was an excellent combination of fat and meat with the crispy skin. My only issue with this was my cutting skills – JP had such neat cuts for each bite of his pork belly and I basically shredded the thing into pork bits everywhere! The fennel was nice, but the chantrelles were so good – I really like mushrooms so they were the highlight of the dish for me (I even saved them for last so I could savor the flavour).
Finally came dessert, which is my favorite part of any meal. If I could eat dessert first without ruining the flow of everyone else’s dinner, I would totally do that. Dessert was a Spiced White Chocolate Mousse and a Petite Macaron with St. Germain. I don’t even know how to describe the deliciousness of this dessert. Each component on its own was good but together, it just melded beautifully. For instance, the cardamon cookie was a little strong in the spice department but when you dipped it into the mousse, it evened out into this perfect balance of flavours. The currant curd (the pink part) was quite tart but combine it with the mousse or the macaron and it was singing in perfect harmony. No words can describe how much I enjoyed this dessert – hands down my favorite part of an amazing meal.
Monday to Friday 11:30am – 2:00pm, 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday 5:30pm – 10:00pm
So What Would Argenplath Pay?
In total we paid $25 per person for the dining week menu but we each had a glass of wine (~$9 each) too. So with tax and tip, it worked out to be about $40 per person. without wine, you’re probably look at a bit over $30 per person, which makes this a great deal! We are talking about a restaurant where entrees are in the $20-$25 range so three courses for $25 is pretty awesome.
In the WWAP manual, it’s all about getting a good value for what you buy or consume and this is a WWAP win on that front. I will probably be going back and ordering off the regular menu so this taste adventure will look even better in comparison. Plus having dinner with good company is priceless and JP always delivers so that’s a double win (which may or may not be like seeing a double rainbow).