Friday, January 29, 2010

"The New" Flavours Modern Bistro

We've been to Flavours Bistro a couple times before, and while the desserts were great, the main parts of our meal were not all that memorable. But as we walked past around Christmas, we saw an "Under New Management" sign up, and thought we should give it another go. So a couple days prior to New Year's, we headed over for a quick supper before heading to the Garneau for a movie.

First of all, I love their space - the brick walls, the floor to ceiling windows in front (great for people watching), the beaten up wooden floors, and a cozy fireplace to enjoy your meal in front of... we took full advantage of the latter, since we were one of only two couples occupying the place.

Our server quickly provided us with water and menus, and brought over our requested beverages - Okanagan Spring's pale ale. Charles decided to go with the 'Kobe' beef linguine and meatballs ($16) while I went for the 'Kobe' beef burger with a bowl of butternut squash soup (~$15).

Linguine and 'Kobe' Beef Meatballs

Charles enjoyed his meal - the sauce and meatballs provided a rich and hearty winter warm up, although he was not convinced of the $16 value of the dish. My burger was good too, although with the meat, cheese and bacon crowding the bun, it was almost verging on greasy. The soup was simply average; good, but nothing memorable.

'Kobe' Beef Burger and Butternut Squash soup

While the menu seems to have a few different items, the food quality doesn't seemed to have changed with the new management. What is nice though, is that they are trying to incorporate a few more local options on the menu, starting with beef, which they now get from Silver Creek Ranch.

It always seems to be the convenience of location and the actual space bringing us to Flavours, rather than the food. So although we did enjoy our experience, it wasn't quite enough to make Flavours Bistro a regular, neighborhood destination.

Flavours Modern Bistro
10354 82 Avenue
Winter Hours
Lunch M-F (11am-3pm); Brunch S, Su (11am-4pm)
Dinner M-T, Su (5-9pm); W, Th (5-10pm); F, S (5-11pm)


Mariel said...

Love the review! I haven't been there since the management switch over, however I definitely can relate about my experiences here before the switch: good, but nothing memorable! Thank you for the review! Also, thank you so much for the course sounds so, so interesting! Now I just have to figure out how I will make that course work with my program direction! Love your blog, I would say it's one of Edmonton's finest! I am definitely following it now!

Marianne said...

Thanks, Mariel! Good luck with the courses, they're definitely worth it.