There has a been a mini-Korean restaurant explosion in Edmonton over the past year or so – every time I turn around, it seems like someone is talking about another new place! The newest restaurant on the scene is NongBu Korean Eatery and it is a good one – it is actually just off Whyte Ave in Edmonton instead of along the Ave like my title suggests but close enough? I originally had plans to go with a bunch of my Edmonton food friends, but alas I had a case of the flu and all my plans were nixed. However, good things come to those who wait and when friends up from Calgary asked if I was up for a visit to NongBu – my answer was an enthusiastic yes!
It was a crazy weather day when I popped over to NongBu as there was rain, sunshine and hail all in a very small time frame, but it was great to walk in from the hail/snow to be greeted with a glass of Soju mixed with Milkis (Korean soda)!
Soju and Milkis
Maehwasu – Plum Flavored Liquor
It is one of my favorite times of year – Edmonton Downtown Dining Week! Downtown Dining Week is really great for trying out restaurants at a reasonable price (lunches are $15 and dinners are either $28 or $48 for 3 courses). I do try to get out and try at least one new restaurant but I also make a reservation for The Marc every single year. This year’s event launched on Friday, March 13, 2105 and I got started right away with a dinner at Share in the Westin Edmonton on Saturday. I had heard rave reviews from everyone who attended the Downtown Dining Week launch party about Share’s dessert option, so I knew I had to try it and luckily Teresa was game for dinner.
Frissee and arugula dressed in white truffle dressing, topped with smoked duck breast, shaved ham, grated foie gras, pickled mushroom, confit tomato, and chives
Back in July I was invited by the new Edmonton Dishcrawl ambassador, Gemma Huber (@DishcrawlYEG), to come check out the dishcrawl that was happening in the Southgate area. A dishcrawl is an organized food crawl (as opposed to a pub crawl) of 4 restaurants in one night – restaurants are normally kept a secret until the evening of the event, with the exception of stop 1, which is revealed to crawlers 48 hours prior to the event.
Despite being a lifelong south-sider, I have to admit, I rarely eat in my own neighbourhood, partly because I feel it has way too many chain restaurants and I prefer to eat local. Gemma arranged for us to hit up four local businesses and it definitely served as a reminder that there are several hidden gems in the south side area, so maybe it’s time I start thinking of dining in my own neck of the woods.