10 Restaurants You Gotta Try During Downtown Dining Week

October 20, 2020
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10 Restaurants You Gotta Try During Downtown Dining Week

We couldn’t think of an easier way to support local businesses during these challenging times then by buying a meal from your favourite Downtown restaurant. From October 28 to November 8, more than 30 restaurants are offering multi-course lunch, brunch and dinner menus during Downtown Downtown Dining Week. You get a great deal and restaurants get some much-needed love. See full details and menus online.

Now that the NHL playoffs are over, the bubble has burst and the JW Marriott is open to the public. On the main floor of the hotel, you’ll find a steak house that runs counter to pretty well every food trend out there. The decor at Braven isn’t white and spartan; it’s deep rich colours, with surreal paintings and antlers on the wall. With a menu that celebrates the steak-house classics from an era when you finished a meal with a cigarette and an Irish coffee, Braven is meant for a big night out, from steaks to lamb to macaroni with goat cheese. For Downtown Dining Week, their three course menu shines with mains like house-smoked beef brisket and grilled B.C Albacore Tuna. Park in the Ice District Central Parkade and Braven will validate your parking for the evening. Reservations recommended.
10344 102 St., 780-784-8580

XO Bistro and Bar
What happens if Vietnamese culture crashes into high-end cuisine, to create bar snacks you won’t find anywhere else in the city? At XO Bistro, load your table with spring rolls, skewers, along with decadent offerings like bone marrow and oxtail fries, served with a fried egg on top. The cocktail lists sees bar favourites injected with Asian flavours; the Old Fashioned is given a shot of Madarin orange flavour, while the Dragon Mojito takes the Cuban classic and shakes it up with a serving of sake. Dining there mid-afternoon or early pm during Downtown Dining Week, take advantage of Edmonton City Centre’s free parking offer.
10236 103 St., 780-761-9696

El Beso
Mexican fare is elevated at El Beso; tacos are crammed with house-made, slow-cooked fillings, and the atmosphere is decidedly intimate. Reservations are definitely a must, as seating is limited. Partitions have been installed between tables to align with COVID regulations. And, while Mexican cooking is based heavily on slow-cooked meat, there are vegetarian options available. El Beso’s three-course Downtown Dining Week dinner menu features vegan and vegetarian options.
10432 Jasper Ave., 780-244-7799

The Creperie
When it comes to “old standards” in downtown dining, the Creperie stands alone. This cozy cavern of a place was winning awards before many of the city’s current crop of top chefs were born. The menu is classic French, with a variety of rich crepe fillings, both savoury and sweet. Take the chance to rediscover this Edmonton standby, or, for younger foodies, try classic French country cuisine for the first time.
10220 103 St., 780-420-6656

Dagu Rice Noodle
The chain that came from China has created lineups for soup wherever it goes. The concept is simple. The broth is served bubbling hot (300 F). Run out of broth? Ask for more. Need more rice noodles? Ask for more. You can build your own bowl, with a market’s worth of fixings, or try one of the set varieties on the menu. The broth is made from either a pork-bone or tomato base; but the chain’s success is based on the back of the pork-bone elixir. So keep the noodles coming till you’ve had your fill. During Downtown Dining Week, two can dine for $35.
10408 Jasper Ave., 780-426-6686

Guru Ice District
The restaurant’s west-end location has long been an Edmonton gem; not only has Guru been at the top of the Indian-restaurant rankings from Avenue Edmonton magazine, it also was in the running in its best-overall category. Guru has opened a spot in the ICE District, and Downtown Dining Week showcases not only the standard butter chicken, but a lunch menu with eight choices. The chicken shooters, a table-sharing snack with tamarind chutney, may be one of the best snacks in the city. Look for craft cocktails that are designed to complement Indian spices. The restaurant will validate parking at Edmonton Tower; but trust us, leave the vehicle at home so you can take on the cocktails.
108, 10111 104 Ave., 780-414-4583

Red Star
How is a favourite spot for late-night pints part of Downtown Dining Week? Well, the pub fare is anything but, well, pub fare. The Red Star menu was designed by Edmonton chef celebre Daniel Costa (of Corso 32 fame) and, well, Red Star has remained true to it through the years. The grilled cheese, with gruyere and sourdough, is sorta famous in the city, and the mini burgers and pork crostini are pretty special indulgences when you’re enjoying a favourite pint. For Dining Week, your two-course meal includes one of Downtown Edmonton’s best beef carpaccios.
(10534 Jasper Ave., 780-428-0825

Japanese Village
Teppanyaki-style cooking, for North Americans, is about as old-school as it gets when it comes to Japanese restaurants. But, heck, it can make for one really fun night out. You get to watch the chef make your meal right in front of your eyes, dazzling you with speedy, intricate knifework. The chef is not only there to make your food; that chef is there to entertain you, to make your night memorable. Hear the sesame steak sauce sizzle as it hits the grill surface. It’s interactive cuisine, and that’s why Japanese Village has been an institution since 1972.
10238 104 St., 780-422-6083

Tucked away in Downtown’s Warehouse District, you’ll find Turkish restaurant Sofra. Mediterranean mezes, grilled fish, killer kebabs and garlicky hummus dip are flavourful and gigantic in portion size. Everything here is pleasing to the eyes, just take in the colourful plates of food coming out of the kitchen and don’t be shy about taking leftovers homes. During Downtown Dining Week, take a friend so that you can eat your way through Sofra’s $50 menu choices like grilled marinated scallops, beef kebabs and a stuffed Portobello mushroom. Save room for baklava, a great finish to your meal.
10345 106 St., 780-423-3044

Ramen Misoya
Has ramen replaced pho as Edmonton’s broth of choice? Really, there is room for both — and more, but there’s no denying that the city’s demand for ramen is showing no sign of stopping. And, the key to a great ramen is a killer broth. The Misoya chain’s success is based on two heavily miso-based broths. The gold broth is made using Japanese miso that has fermented longer than what you’d find in the silver broth.On feature for Downtown Dining Week is the signature TanTan ramen; while TanTan is traditionally made with a peanut base, the Ramen Misoya base skips the nuts, and it’s all about loading up on the pork, egg and noodles.
10146 104 St,780-425-2990

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