10222 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 4C5
District 102 is one of the newest joints in Downtown Edmonton. It’s located in Edmonton City Centre mall, on the top flour (by the movie theatre). Parking downtown is always one of the things that I hate. There’s a handy website that you can use to figure out whether or not it’s an event night, and for event nights, I really don’t know where the best place is to park. I discovered that the west parkade at the mall is $5, for the whole evening, regardless of the whether or not there’s an event at Rogers. I think that’s one of the best places to park on event nights (let me know if there’s better places!).
District 102 endeavours to use as many local ingredients as possible. They pride themselves on having a farm-to-table approach. They are open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, and have a variety of dishes on their menu. I was invited to a preview event to experience some of the food and cocktails.
The space looks very beautiful inside, and decorated very modern. There’s shuffleboard, billiard tables, and really nice booths and seating. I could definitely seeing this place becoming an after-work hang out spot for me and my friends.
There were some dishes that were set aside to show what regular portions are, and then a separate that was setup for sampling. We got to try the Deep Fried cauliflower, Korean BBQ pizza, the Straight up Pizza, the seared pacific cod, the Yam Gnocchi, the Road Road brownie, and a few other dishes.
The deep fried cauliflower was one of my favourite! It was light and crispy and served with a yellow pepper aioli. It was very curry-influenced and reminiscent of a cauliflower pakora.
The Korean BBQ pizza was also one of my favourites. Shredded pork, SylVan Star Pepper Gouda, and Kimchi. Very interesting flavours for a pizza but definitely not bad. We also tried the Straight up, which is a basic margherita pizza.
For mains, we had the seared pacific cod and the yam gnocchi. The samples of the cod that we had were a bit over cooked and dried, but I really enjoyed the citrus sauce that it was served with. Nice little sauce to go with the fish. The yam gnocchi is sauteed with wild mushrooms and served with kale, herb citrus butter, and white wine parmesan shards. Chewy and tasty, my favourite of the two.
For dessert, I sampled their warm double chocolate brownie with preztzel crumble. Some pieces had more pretzel than others, but the little salty notes were quite enjoyable.
For cocktails, I had the Epitaph Sour and the Feel Good Mule. The Epitaph Sour comes with Epitaph gin, St. Germaine, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white. Really nice! A beautiful colour and has very nice floral notes. I really enjoyed this cocktail. And of course, I love mules. I got it with Kraken Rum, and it comes with lime juice, and Fever Tree ginger beer. Overall both cocktails were delicious and I’d definitely come back to sample some of their other cocktails.
Overall, a great addition to the Edmonton Food scene. I would definitely come back to try some of their other fair (or their breakfast/brunch, which looks really good). It’s a bit on the pricier side, but they have some really good happy hour deals. I really liked the ambiance here.