Restaurant Review: AKA Winebar

>> Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pork Tenderloin

Every month or so all the girl cousins would try to get together for a girls night out. It’s a great time for us to chat and catch up since time seems to fly by when you get older (it could just be me because I’m still wanting to be that Toys R Us kid). Eating is always the number one plan when we meet and we’ve been pretty good at trying different places every chance we get. So when one of my cousins mentioned that she had an “in” with the kitchen which included a free dessert. Let’s just say, it didn’t take us long to decide that we were headed to AKA Winebar for the evening.

AKA Burger
Atmosphere: Small, cozy and intimate, need I say more?

Price Range: $10s-$20s

Food and Wine: The food and wine menu at AKA Winebar is straight forward and easily understood, the chef changes the menu every couple of months to match what’s in season, allowing things to remain fresh. One staple that remains is the House Made AKA Burger, which comes in a bite busting magnitude and a choice of salad, soup or hash. Two of my cousins ordered it and said it was one of the best burgers they’ve had in a while, can’t beat that!

I had the Spiced Pork Tenderloin which sadly is no longer on the current menu due to the recent changes, the tenderloin was juicy and served over a bed of spice infused jasmine rice. It reminded me more of a risotto with Chinese five spice, which complimented the tenderloin very well.

Lamb Ribs
We also couldn’t go to AKA and not try their Mustard Breaded Lamb Ribs, which are a feature and only $0.50 each on Wednesdays (sadly we were not there on a Wednesday, but that didn’t stop us)! They were crunchy and sweet without being overly so, at this point you’re probably wondering why we had the appetizer after the main. I have no answer for you except this: we eat a lot, so why not?

After our lovely entrée, appetizer combo, we had our complimentary dessert which was the Dark Chocolate Crème Brulee. The dark chocolate made the brulee less sweet than normal and because I’m not one with an overly sweet tooth, it was perfect for me. The compliment with the fruit added a nice texture to the dessert and made for a great end to the evening (meeting the chef was also a nice highlight as well!).

The wine menu was nicely segregated by the deep & dark, the tongue ticklers, the clearly delicious and dessert. I stuck with a nice malbec which complimented my meal very well, my cousins all decided to try something different, ranging from whites to the bubbly but we all agreed that they were enjoyable, so it seems the choices are endless, but if you’re unsure. Always feel free to ask the server! Plus if you’re ever around on Tuesdays, AKA allows you to bring your own bottle of wine with no corking fee!

My Picks: Spiced Pork Tenderloin (if only they would bring it back!), Mustard Breaded Lamb Ribs

Overall: Situated in a quaint stand alone building on the South side of Edmonton trail, AKA Winebar was a little hard to locate at first, but when you do, it’s definitely worth the search.

Dark Chocolate Creme Brulee
AKA Winebar
709 Edmonton Trail NE
Calgary, AB
(403) 984-7534

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