Today a co-worker and I decided to wander down Granville Street to find something different. We were actually on our way to the recently opened Cafe Barcelona, but they were closed (with no sign or no notice – strange), so we had to find another option. I have never been to The Edge – Social Grille and Lounge before, which is just on the edge of the Entertainment District, so we figured we’d give it a shot (my friend had been there before once or twice and said that we’d easily be able to make it back on time for my upcoming meeting).
She was definitely right about that! The place is extremely large, so when we walked in we asked if we could sit anywhere (to stay away from the draft near the windows since it’s so cold outside). I think we were the only table seated when we first got there right around noon. The atmosphere wasn’t bad though – a large bar in the middle of the room, a large private area to the right that would be good for group events, and plenty of flatscreen TVs near the bar – good for watching the Canucks games while sitting back in some comfy black chairs with friends and drinks.
Apparently, the item to get at this place was the Flatbreads – but today, that is not what we did (I’ll have to remember this for next time for sure). We ended up sharing a variety of appies and salads instead.
First to the table was the Golden Beet Salad – this came with goat cheese from the Okanagan, fresh and thinly sliced pear, and maple-candied walnuts. I’ve had these beets quite a few times before (these were definitely a bit darker and more golden in colour, true to their name) but these ones seemed a bit stronger and more tart than what I’ve had in the past. In comparison to traditional red beets, these ones do not bleed and are generally more mild; however, these ones were not as mild as others I’ve had, and were a bit more tart almost. I did enjoy the fresh pear and the walnuts and goat cheese, but I think this one would’ve tasted better with regular beets perhaps. The presentation and multi-hued plate did look great though.
Next to arrive was the Smoked Sablefish Rillettes. This came with roasted tomato and olive preserves and several small crostinis, along with a raw fennel salad with fresh dill, marinated with some sort of vinaigrette that I couldn’t figure out the whole time. It was a bit strange though – I really do enjoy fennel, but it was almost like the dressing overwhelmed the bulb slivers and I couldn’t taste the familiar flavours I was expecting. I enjoyed the olive on this, but I think I’ll stick to non-smoked sablefish next time. I wanted to try something new today, and I’m glad I did, but this isn’t something that I’ll go back to another time.
Up next was the Wok Fried Squid – this was served with chili sauce, garlic, ginger, and a mild plain yogurt dipping sauce. I actually preferred this without the dip, as all that really did was cool down the spice a bit – but that’s the part that I most enjoyed! As for today, these were the best part of my meal, but I’ve had better before.
Rounding off the meal was the Fingerling Potato Salad and a side of French Fries to fill us up a bit more. This salad was served in an…er…interesting way – it had bacon, celery, and what looked like a minced up egg on top, all with a charred leek vinaigrette dressing. Again, this was quite tart, and I’m kind of left feeling like I pickled the lining of my stomach this afternoon.
Next time, I’m going to take my friend’s advice and go for the Flatbread! I think the theme of the lunch today was just that some of the dishes were too strong and tart or vinegary. It was nice to just finish things off with some good old salty fries.
Again, nice setting, great for some drinks and snacks later on in the evening with friends, or just to go for a comfortable setting to watch a hockey game.