I’m a big fan of Chef Kenny Kaechele’s food from as long as I can remember in this city. You can guarantee that your dish will be full of robust lip-licking flavours, and creative combinations of ingredients. So lunch at Workshop recently was a treat! Now up there with some of my favourite dishes, the warm Prawn, Smoked Bacon And Mussel Bruschetta is sensational. It has a smoky flavour and a lovely warming spice to it. Then, we shared the Bulgogi Beef Tartare, which comes with pickled carrot, smoked cured egg yolk and black sesame, along with a bowl of fresh and crunch house-made chips. There wasn’t a scrap left on either plate. They’re called ‘To Start and Share’ on the menu, so make sure you go with someone you like or you won’t want to share at all.
Q Haute Cuisine
I’m always amazed at the quality of Q Haute Cuisine’s $20 (2 courses) or $25 (3 courses) business lunch. Predictably top notch, it’s hard to beat. I really enjoy the warm fresh baked bread with herb butter that arrives while you choose your meal. This week I forsook the always spot-on veloute, my usual go to here, in favour of a delicious beet salad with all sorts of goodies, followed by salmon cake that comes with a warm quinoa vegetable salad, and cucumber, caper, and red onion bruschetta. And washed down with exquisite white tea!
Umami Noodle Bar
Brand new Umami Noodle Bar offer both Paitan (12+ hour long-simmered pork bone broth) and Citain (the same, but chicken), but don’t leave it late to visit or they might sell out of one of them before you get there – yes, it’s that good! I absolutely loved the Tantanmen, a rich and satisfying, spicy peanut and sesame ramen dish, with an added Shoyu Tamago (soy marinated soft boiled egg) for extra creaminess. It looked so much when it arrived and guess what – I finished all the delicious broth!
TanTanmen $13 at Umami Noodle Bar, 305 16 Avenue NW, 403-454-8383, @UmamiNoodle_Bar