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Restaurant Review: OEB Breakfast Co.

Location: 110, 222 – 5 Avenue SW
Website:  https://www.eatoeb.com/

I vaguely remembering seeing OEB from when it used to be next to Diner Deluxe on Edmonton trail.  I remember both breakfast places didn’t take reservations so the line ups were ridiculously long.  This morning I took the express bus from my community in preparation for my upcoming practicum and met Valerie downtown for breakfast here.

As per usual, I looked at the menu weeks before to finalize what I wanted.  Val had come here before with a friend and knew exactly what it was she wanted: Tuna Crudo.  The Tuna Crudo is an item under boxed, which is to say, a self-contained bowl having everything in it (or I guess could be boxed up easily and taken on the go).  It consists of ahi tuna, avocado, sesame, pomme Gaufrette, cilantro crema, and two poached eggs.  Having had it before, she knew how heavy the potatoes could get and ordered it with half spinach, half potato (I think she did that the last time, or a 2/3 spinach, 1/3 potato).  After much deliberating, I finally settled on the Water Fowl Eggs Benny with a side poutine.  The Benny consisted of smoked Peking duck breast, porcini mushroom-truffle ragu atop an English muffin and a brown butter Hollandaise.  Seeing as they allow the option of ordering a whole avocado as an extra and they charged $3.85 for one (I saw them for $1.85, same brand at Safeway and thought it was expensive), I expected a small poutine even though I was adding $4.95 for that substitution.  I was pleasantly surprised when it came out and was actually a decent size.  Val’s Tuna Crudo reminded me very much of a Westernized, breakfastized interpretation of a poke bowl and now thinking about it, having raw fish for breakfast is a little weird (not unheard of or frowned upon in any way, just seems more like a lunch or dinner thing, but then again I’m the kind of person who has steak for breakfast, so who am I to judge).  Also, Asian seasoned Tuna with fries…bit of a strange combo.  Despite my apprehension, it was a delicious dish and while I probably wouldn’t be able to eat it on my own (too much raw fish), I wouldn’t be opposed to ordering it again and sharing it with someone.

The same can be said about the Water Fowl Egg Benny and poutine.  As I mentioned, the poutine was an additional add on and while expensive and huge, it had a rich heartiness to it, a richness that would prove too much as the meal progressed.  Combined with the creaminess of the egg yolk and Hollandaise, I was full for hours.  The preparation of the duck threw me off though.  When I saw “Peking,” my first thought was of the Peking duck style of preparation with a crispy (rendered) skin and juicy, rich, tender meat.  This was not that.  As described on the menu, it was smoked.  Like a ham.  It even had the criss-cut lines that were reminiscent of ham.  Even the texture of the meat had me questioning whether it was duck or ham that they had in fact given me.  The Hollandaise was a lot lighter than some of the Hollandaises I’ve had in the past.  It’s still thick enough to mop up with the English muffin, but not so thick that it made me feel bloated while eating it.

The potatoes in the poutine were seasoned like the potatoes in Val’s Crudo.  Like many of the things in this meal, it was delicious, but with time became unbearably salty.  The cheese curds, which I assume are the Saint Cyrille curds they use in other dishes are no squeaky Quebec cheese curds.  They’re delicious enough, but I want to find a place here that offers those squeaky curds that seem so hard to come by.

egg booth

Egg Booth

seat

View from our seat

tuna crudo

Tuna Crudo with Mango Juice

water fowl egg benny

Water Fowl Eggs Benny with Poutine and Chocolate Milk

Something I learned going out to breakfast places: soft vs medium vs hard for egg temperatures.  I had always thought that soft was a runny, golden yolk with a firm albumin, medium a slightly firm around the edge with a still runny, creamy yolk with a firm albumin, and hard as a both firm yolk and albumin.  But apparently, soft means that the albumin is still slightly runny and that’s not what I want.  However, sometimes I find when I order medium I get what I thought was a medium and other times I get what I thought was a soft.  So now I’m really confused and am not sure how to order eggs…

While there wasn’t a line up when we arrived, they were certainly running out of seats, so we ended up sitting at the bar facing the interior of the building it was located in (fifth avenue place).  I liked that at the bar the was a bar for me to rest my feet (because those chairs are tall and frankly, I’m pretty short) and a ledge to put my bag on.

Overall, I’d say I would come again.  While the food itself is a little heavier than what I like for breakfast, it is still some of the most delicious food I’ve had.  Next time I hope to go early enough to get a table.  Based on my experience, I’d rate this a 4.25/5.

 

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Restaurant Review: Anju

Location: 344 17 Avenue SW
Website: http://www.anju.ca

Another night on the town enjoying great food with great company. Tonight I had dinner here with my best friend, Julia. I’ve wanted to come to Anju for a long time and tonight I wasn’t disappointed. The menu is new and different as fusion food often is.

We ordered four dishes and one side which turned out to be completely unnecessary. The Spicy Buckwheat Noodle Salad was the first to come. When I hear “buckwheat noodles,” my first thought is of soba, but these were not that; they looked more like instant noodles. The dish was chilled, hence the salad served with grilled pork belly. The salad consisted of the noodles, kimchi, cucumber, carrot, daikon, nori, and half an egg served on a bed of shredded romaine lettuce, but the daikon was kind of hard to find in everything. The choice to serve it with grilled pork belly was a good one. The sour spiciness of the kimchi serves to counterbalance the richness of the pork belly. And deciding to simply grill it without the addition of a lot of seasoning was a good contrast to the aggressively seasoned noodles. The next dish that arrived was the Spicy Salmon Tacos which are tacos with salmon mixed with spicy mayo on a sesame slaw topped with avocado mousse and seaweed and lime wedges on the side. The taco shells are made of a wonton wrapper, giving it a much need crunch. I’d have to say this is my favourite dish of the entire evening. Not only is it fresh tasting, there are a variety of textures that make it so much more interesting to eat. Though the menu stated that there’s masago on it, there wasn’t any tonight. It didn’t taste as though anything was missing, but it would have added another level of depth to the dish. The Poutine For Your Seoul came next with the kimchi (the side we ordered). Had I known how many dishes contained kimchi, I wouldn’t have ordered this as a side. The poutine had cheese curds and fresh cubed tofu, drizzled with Kabayaki Gravy, topped with dehydrated Kimchi. This one was primarily chosen because of the punny name. Julia loved the name so much and I thought why the heck not, it made me laugh, so let’s give it a try. It was a good dish, but so heavy. It really could have done with some citrus accompaniments. The last dish to arrive were the KFC sliders. I think this item is a modification of one of their existing menu items (it’s not on their online menu). They are buttermilk fried chicken topped with two sauces: a mayo one and a Gochujang sauce (spicy fermented bean sauce), served with kimchi flavoured chips on the side. After all that kimchi, these chips didn’t taste of much. This one was as heavy as the poutine and by this part of the meal, all the carbs were really getting to me, so much so that I had a hard time getting down my allotted one and a half sliders.

This place, like all tapas bars, are pricey. Now I know that going to a tapas bar with one other person is a no-no. Next time I’m bringing at least two other people as the serving sizes are a better fit for parties of three or four. Next time less kimchi and fewer dishes of carb heavy ingredients.  I don’t think I can eat kimchi for the next few weeks and feel as though I’ll be full for a long time to come. There are still so many things that i’d love to try out on the menu. I would definitely recommend this place and i would most certainly return here. Based on today’s visit, I’d give this place a 4.25/5.

Anju Exterior

Anju Exterior


Anju Exterior

Anju Exterior


Anju Interior

Anju Interior


Open Concept Kitchen

Open Concept Kitchen


Spicy Buckwheat Noodle Salad

Spicy Buckwheat Noodle Salad


Spicy Salmon Tacos

Spicy Salmon Tacos


Poutine For Your Seoul

Poutine For Your Seoul


KFC Sliders with Kimchi Flavoured Chips

KFC Sliders with Kimchi Flavoured Chips

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