As Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton always has a lot on its plate; especially when it comes to its culinary scene (see what I did there?). Read on for five must-visit new spots in Edmonton:
Uccellino (pronounced oo-che-LEE-no. Say it with me now, oo-che-LEE-no!) is the newest venture from Edmonton’s Chef Daniel Costa, and oh, it’s a tasty one. The chic-yet-casual spot is right in the heart of downtown, making it the ideal place for a bite after a day out on the town.
The food is inspired by southern and central Italian cuisine: simple and rustic, elevated with high-quality ingredients and traditional recipes. The décor is fresh and clean, bright and airy. It’s the kind of place that you should go to with a few friends, so you can order a nice assortment of dishes (the portions are generous!) and share over an entire evening. You can also go there solo and get a good spread just for yourself. Don’t worry, the folks at Uccellino won’t judge. After all, it’d be a shame to miss out on a single bite.
Tucked away in the Oliver neighbourhood on Jasper Avenue, Bar Clementine is a hidden gem that is worth the search. The restaurant only seats 36 people, and the beautifully designed and decorated space has the feel of a classic Parisian bistro; especially around the bar.
Speaking of which, the bar itself is a highlight. Watching the mixologists work their magic on the cocktails is mesmerizing and almost as satisfying as consuming the drinks. Almost.
Of course, there are more than just cocktails at Clementine. The restaurant, named one of the best in Canada, is also known for its thoughtful menu, which changes regularly based on the season and availability of ingredients. While you’re there, try the Rye Sourdough Tartine, Stuffed Aveyron Pancakes, and Manzanilla PEI Mussels.
In the Mercer Building in Edmonton’s arena district, you’ll find Baijiu (pronounced bye-Joe) – an epically cool spot serving up Asian-inspired plates and clever cocktails. Baijiu translates to “booze” in Cantonese, so you know there are some good drinks to be had.
From the old-world Shanghai chic décor to the nothing-but-hip-hop soundtrack, neon signs, and burning incense, Baijiu oozes style. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite and just chill.
Feast on the Devilled Tea Eggs, Sichuan Confit Chicken, Grass-Fed Beef Carpaccio, and Pork and Shrimp Lion’s Head Dumplings. Wash it all down with a Last Days in Vietnam (a Southeast Asian-inspired cocktail with a spicy togarashi rim).