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August 29, 2014

Review: Porta Romana (Spruce Grove)

August 29, 2014

Recap: Sabor Seafood Festival (2014)

August 29, 2014
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Porta Romana Italian - Spruce Grove - Edmonton
Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival
Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

On August 13, I joined a bunch of fabulous food loving friends and media at the Sabor Seafood Festival media/VIP night festival kick-off! Two very long tables were set up in the restaurant as guests prepared for a family-style seafood meal.

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

From August 14-September 14, Sabor is running its #saborseafoodfest. There’s a new menu that features fantastic, Oceanwise seafood dishes, and the classic, fine-dining restaurant also unveiled its new name (from Sabor Divino to Sabor) and new look.

Long table!

Long table!

Owner Christian Mena greeted everyone and explained that tonight we’d be eating the way he and Chef Lino Oliveira eat – family style, sharing. The menu would feature small bites teasing a bigger Sabor Seafood Festival menu. Dishes included:

Check out all of the food porn below, and check out Sabor’s full seafood festival menu here. More on my overall thoughts on the night follow the food porn :)

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Bay scallops with cauliflower puree at Sabor Seafood Festival!

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Grilled calamari with lemon and spicy tomato sauce at Sabor Seafood Festival!

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Sardine pate crostini at Sabor Seafood Festival!

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Wild arctic char tartar with avocado and pimento aioli at Sabor Seafood Festival!

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Bacalhau (salt cod) cakes at Sabor Seafood Festival!

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Octopus salad at Sabor Seafood Festival!

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Piri piri prawns at Sabor Seafood Festival!

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Sabor Signature lobster risotto at Sabor Seafood Festival!

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Pan-roasted sable fish with cucumber green onion salsa at Sabor Seafood Festival!

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Surprise dish: Paella (prawns, scallops, calamari, mussels, clams, vegetables, saffron rice) at Sabor Seafood Festival!

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

To stay or to go cherry port cheesecake in a jar at Sabor Seafood Festival!

The night was filled with fantastic food and great company. We were lucky to have Christian Mena serenade us and Chef Lino came out after the surprise paella, excitedly noting Sabor’s official Oceanwise certification.

My favourite dishes included the grilled calamari in lemon and spicy tomato sauce, the cooked to perfection bay scallops, the Piri Piri prawns, and the pan-roasted sable fish (love the texture!)

My least favourite dishes included the wild arctic char tar tar (wasn’t a fan of the texture, and I think I’m just so obsessed with tuna tar tar that I was hoping for more of that kind of taste) and I also found the risotto not to be the very best risotto I’ve had. It was good but not the best – as they call it their Signature dish I was expecting the best!

Overall the experience was great. The atmosphere was so lovely!! I told those around me that the evening’s long table settings and dim, twinkly lights along with excellent, attentive service and delicious food would have made for a magical wedding reception.

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

Edmonton Sabor Seafood Festival

This was my very first visit to Sabor and it will not be my last! I’ve heard so many great things about this restaurant and my first visit certainly lived up to the expectation. If you love seafood, and are enticed by any of the dishes above, then Sabor’s Seafood Festival is a must try. The festival runs until September 14. Here’s a look at the Seafood Festival Menu. (Delicious! But NOTE: This is definitely NOT going to be a cheap dinner. $$$).

Let me know what you think when you go! :)

Linda


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