10184 104 Street NW, Edmonton, AB
Last week I went to Aarde for a media event before their grand opening. It’s a vegetarian-friendly restaurant with Dutch influence. Located on 104th street, Chef Guru tries to source as much of his ingredients from 104th street market during the summer and as many local vendors as possible to make his dishes. Being downtown, parking can be a bit scarce, and event nights are always a pain. It’s really easily accessible by LRT so if you can, that’s what I’d recommend unless you don’t mind walking or looking for parking.
The Crispy Cauliflower was one of my favourite dishes. It had a really nice texture, nice and crispy and very pleasant to eat. I usually don’t order too many vegetarian dishes but this one is really good and easy to share.
The charred broccoli is served with gouda cheeese, topped with truffle oil, and served on a soft bed of yellow chimichurri. Overall a very good dish as well.
The celery root was another one of my favourite dishes. It comes with green peas, pesto, zucchini, nuts, and sunchokes. Really beautiful plating. The vegetables are from another local vendor, My Prairie Gardens.
Next, the rotisserie chicken is done in a small rotisserie. Due to the size, Chef Guru will have seasonal/daily rotisserie options on the menu. The chicken was incredibly tender and delicious. The chicken is provided by Sunwork farms.
My favourite dish of the night would have to be the mushroom and artichoke tartine. It was absolutely delicious. It is seldom where my favourite dish ends up being a vegetarian one but this one dish really set itself a part from the rest of the dishes. It had a great texture, and amazing complimentary flavours. The mushroom gives it a good umami/savoury flavour and everything works well together.
Lastly was the chocolate tart. The chocolate for the tart is supplied by Jacek which is just a few doors down from Aarde. Topped with pistachio meringue, chocolate ganache, and micro mint, this dessert was a really good way to end the night.
Had a great time at the event and definitely recommend giving Aarde a visit. Another great addition to 104th street and to downtown overall. The highlights for the night for me would be the mushroom and artichoke tartine and the crispy cauliflower. I will have to come back and give some of their other entreés a try!