Dining out at The Edge Social Grille and Lounge
The first thing I noticed as I walked into The Edge Social Grille and Lounge, located in the heart of the party district at Granville and Helmcken, was how calm and soothing the atmosphere was. Of course, that is to be expected at five-thirty on a Wednesday evening. The Edge gets very lively on the weekends, featuring live dj's and specials, but on this particular night I was suffering from a nagging head-cold, and the low light, comfortable decor and mellow music were just what I needed, as was the delicious comfort food that was to follow.
Seared albacore tuna with daikon in an orange ponzu vinaigrette - $14
Calamari with chillies, green scallions and roasted lemon yogurt - $12.5
Hand-made pumpkin and ricotta tortelloni with crushed amaretti, sage butter and Parmesan - $20
My photographer ordered from the Dine Out menu, choosing from several options at a fixed price of $28. Her meal consisted of potted Rossdown Farms chicken (raised in Richmond) with bread and butter pickels and crostini, followed by Lois Lake steelhead trout with braised tomato, Manila clams and leeks; with cheesecake topped by cranberry and blood orange marmalade for dessert, as well as Van Gogh espresso vodka chocolate truffles ($2 each).
The staff was very friendly and prompt, and our server showed an excellent familiarity with the wine list, helping my photographer select a delicious Bordeaux blend from Osoyoos' Twisted Tree Winery after she asked for something spicy. Our appetizers were well-timed and tasty.
Seared albacore tuna with orange ponzu vinaigrette
Potted chicken with bread and butter pickles and crostini; calamari with chilies, scallions and roasted lemon yogurt
I'm something of a stickler for tzatziki with my calamari (the more garlic the better - especially when I'm feeling under the weather), so initially I was a bit let down by the chef's choice of lemon yogurt as a side. However, the yogurt itself was zesty and refreshing, and it provided a soothing balance to the welcome heat of the sliced green chilies.
The Lois Lake steelhead trout, served with smoky braised tomato and manila clams, was tender and juicy. Its crispy, fatty skin added great texture and loads of flavour. With the possible exception of the truffles, though, the tortelloni was my favorite part of the meal. Semi-firm pasta hugging ricotta with chunks of sweet, roasted pumpkin, served in a minimal, not-too-rich sage butter sauce. "Comfort food" would be an understatement.
Cheesecake with cranberry and blood orange marmalade, esspresso vodka chocoalte truffles, and a B-52 specialty coffee
Dessert was likewise delicious. The cheesecake was creamy and smooth, served upside-down in a small mason jar with graham cracker crust on top of cranberry and blood-orange marmalade, but it was roundly outshone by the Van Gogh espresso vodka truffles, which were absolutely decadent. Not being very large, you would think that one would disappear quickly, but after my first taste I made it last another five bites, savouring each rich morsel. The next time I'm partying on Granville I plan to stop by and grab one for a quick and tasty caffeine buzz.
All in all, The Edge Social Grille and Lounge gave a pleasant and satisfying dining experience. The menu changes frequently, but they will still be offering their Dine Out selections until February 6th.