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If you wish to satisfy a massive appetite on a budget then the Golden Bird Restaurant is the place to be. Delighting an eclectic mix of patrons with their authentic Vietnamese food, this restaurant comes as a welcome break from the regular steak and poutine fare. The place has a modest interior but their generous portions of noodle soup, combination rice plate, spring rolls, ginger beef and vermicelli bowls, very well compensate for the lack of frills in the decor. Do not leave out the Vietnamese coffee post your meal.
This Downtown Edmonton gastro-pub has gained popularity since its opening in 2009. The Common's bifold approach as a daytime restaurant and a vibrant lounge by night has been well received by locals. The seasonal menu by chef Jesse Morrison-Gauthier includes bestselling dishes like tandoori calamari, short rib, and chicken and waffles. Their bar has an extensive list of domestic and international beers, craft brews, cocktails and wines. Enjoy their happy hours with a pint or two and groove to live music at this eclectic resto-bar.
The authentic African decor and music sets the scene nicely for a cultural immersion at Langano Skies. Ethiopian food is eaten without cutlery, using injera (a pancake-like sourdough crepe) to pick up the variety of stews and mixtures. It is also a communal event, as everybody at the table shares what is ordered, so larger groups will benefit from more variety. The food is truly authentic and Langano Skies has been voted for Best Ethnic Cuisine. The simple wooden furnishings are contrasted with the vibrant red walls. Their warm hospitality and delicious food is sure to make you come back for more.
Canteen is a contemporary restaurant showcasing fresh, seasonal fare. The eclectic menu blends diverse international influences with local produce from Alberta farms and markets and promises an exciting dining experience. From shared plates to hearty mains, there is something for everyone here. A nice selection of wine, craft beer, and classic cocktails complement the dishes perfectly. Top picks include the buttermilk fried chicken, Belgian waffle, and smoked syrup; and flat iron steak with beef fat potatoes, coffee roasted carrot, smoked pepper puree, and long pepper jus.
Pho Hoan Pasteur beckons visitors as well as locals with their flavorful pho. This classic Vietnamese dish consists of a savory broth that is laden with veggies, chunks of meat, seafood, poultry and eggs, and it arrives at your table piping hot. This delicious pho comes specially recommended when the weather outside is chilly and you need to soothe your senses with something warm. The restaurant has no frills attached but their fast service and clean interiors more than compensate for the lack of fancy.