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Review: Dishcrawl Edmonton: Foodie Treats on 124 Street


Last week I went to Dishcrawl Edmonton: Foodie Treats on 124 Street.

I had first heard about Dishcrawl late last year after seeing a report on Dishcrawl Toronto.

httpvh://youtu.be/4qSU0DPJAOQ


I knew the idea would make it’s way to Edmonton pretty quickly because the foodie community here is so interested in participating in different food events like the crawl.

And sure enough it did! (Have you seen my Feature Story on Dishcrawl Edmonton yet?)

httpvh://youtu.be/pCs0UEFlhf8


Foodie Treats on 124 Street was the second Dishcrawl. The first one happened in January. Both crawls sold out.

I knew I wanted to do a Feature Story on the crawl (and about foodie trends in the city in general) so I had originally just asked Teresa Lin, Dishcrawl Edmonton’s organizer, if I could come tag along for the night for the sake of my story. It was to my very, very pleasant surprise that Teresa had arranged for me to actually sample the food on the crawl as well. I definitely wasn’t expecting that but now in hindsight I would have been very hungry if I hadn’t been allowed to eat while I was there! Lol.

The four stops on this Dishcrawl included The Dish & Runaway Spoon Bistro, Matahari, The Manor Casual Bistro, and d’Lish Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar (“crawled” in that order).

I had a blast! I hadn’t been to any of the four restaurants before so the entire night was a brand new experience for me. There were about 30 people and depending on the restaurant, the number of seats at tables, etc., you ended up sitting with some people you’ve never met before at all the restaurants. Normally I dread mingling with people I don’t really know (which surprises a lot of people because I’m so social) but there was nothing to dread about mingling with Dishcrawlers! Everyone was so nice and it’s pretty easy to connect with people over delicious food.

These are the dishes we sampled at each of the restaurants:

The Dish & Runaway Spoon Bistro

Pear & Cambazola Triangle, Artichoke & Goat Cheese Dip (with papadam, purple yam, and sweet potato chips), and Lamb Phyllo:

Pear & Cambazola Triangle, Artichoke & Goat Cheese Dip (with papadam, purple yam, and sweet potato chips), and Lamb Phyllo
Toffee Pudding, Chocolate Brownie, Lemon Tart:
Toffee Pudding, Chocolate Brownie and Lemon Tart
Matahari

Mango in rice paper wrap with hoisin dipping sauce:

Mango in rice paper wrap with hoisin dipping sauce
Thai Curry Puff with Tamarind Sauce:
Thai Curry Puff with Tamarind Sauce
Babi Kecap (Indonesian Braised Pork) with Coconut Rice:
Babi Kecap (Indonesian Braised Pork) with Coconut Rice
The Manor Casual Bistro

Poached Pear Salad:

Poached Pear Salad
Duck Springroll:

Tiramisu:
Tiramisu
d’Lish Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar

Seasonal soup shot (tomato & lentil soup), tomato risotto cake with housemade aioli, raspberry & chocolate whoopie pie

Seasonal soup shot (tomato & lentil soup), tomato risotto cake with housemade aioli, raspberry & chocolate whoopie pie

Everything was soooo good but my favourite dishes probably came from The Manor. So yummy. Matahari probably takes second place followed by d’Lish and The Dish & Runaway Spoon.

A huge part of Dishcrawl is that the chefs/restaurant owners come out and do a speech/chat about the inspiration behind their food or talk about the restaurant in general.

All of the restaurants used their speeches to encourage Dishcrawl participants to come back (some more than others). They talked about their menu, they talked about the restaurant history, and jokes and laughs are shared. I think that conversation between the chefs and the crawlers added a great deal to the whole experience. I found the chef at The Manor made the biggest (best) impression on me and that probably explains why I’m so eager to go back!

The whole night also has a big surprise element to it as well. You don’t know what restaurant or what food you’ll be trying until you get there!

I absolutely recommend everyone attend a Dishcrawl. Whether you call yourself a ‘foodie’ or not, experiencing dishes at four different restaurants, meeting new people and hearing from restaurant chefs all in the span of one evening – is so much fun.

Tickets are $45 each and I would say it’s completely worth it. You get so much food and more than that, you walk away feeling like you had a great night! Tickets sell out extremely fast though so be on the watch for when the next batch goes on sale!!

I’m told the next Dishcrawl will likely take place during the last week of April. ;)

So have you been to either the January or February Dishcrawls? What did you think?! If you haven’t, do you want to go to one? What do you think of the whole concept?

Linda :)

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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4 Comments

  • joveena

    Great job of encapsulating a great night! It was so much FUN, such delicious food, wonderful fellow-crawlers, passionate chefs & serving staff = OUTSTANDING experience! I can’t wait for Dishcrawl #3!!

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  • candice

    Did you go to this year’s dish crawl? Food was mediocre and the proportion is soooo small. Tickets were $5 each and every thing was served on a plastic plate. Not worth it at allll…

    • Linda Hoang

      Hi Candice,

      I haven’t gone to the recent Dishcrawls, no! I think the one you are talking about was a different format, not the typical Dishcrawl style. Though since I haven’t been to any recent Dishcrawls I’m not too sure how the food and proportion sizes have been! Sorry your experience wasn’t great though. I know the local Dishcrawl has changed hands with ambassadors a bunch over the last year and a bit so consistency/quality is sometimes lost in that shuffle!

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