When I told my date for the night that we would be dining at “Absolutely Edibles” on 118th ave., the response was less than favorable. However, despite the strange name and the less than ideal location, our experience was surprisingly positive!
From the outside, you wouldn’t guess that Absolutely Edibles was a refined dining establishment. Their branding certainly doesn’t fit the feel of the restaurant.
I think we were both pleasantly surprised when we walked in. The space was decorated in earthy, warm tones with what looked to be lots of comfy seating. There weren’t many tables for two inside, so we opted to sit on their patio instead. We managed to find a private nook just around the corner from the main patio area with lots of greenery (and ants!…not that they bothered us).
Sitting on this patio was an interesting experience. Although it was quite quaint, the loud noise of cars driving by and random people screaming on the street didn’t really help the ambiance.
This place has a HUGE menu. With so many items to choose from, it’s almost overwhelming. There is over a page (a very large page) of tapas.
Lucky for us, they also had a special feature menu which contained two of the craziest, but tastiest items I’ve ever heard of: The “Ridicules Fat Ass Burger” & “Sloppy Hogg”. The descriptions on the picture below are worth a read.
We decided to order all three items. Unfortunately, the pork had just sold out. So, my friend ordered the Fat Ass Burger and I went with the waiters suggestion, Wild Mushroom Tendertips. Our server was really pleasant and helpful.
Our appetizer came out quickly after ordering.
The dip was decent. It was a bit bland for my taste, but I think it was more so a bad menu selection on my part versus anything actually wrong with the food. It was served with naan bread, which the server offered to top up when he noticed we had ate all the bread but still had some dip left. I don’t think I would order this again, but it was still pretty good.
Whoa. I think that’s pretty much all either of us could say when we saw this beast of a burger arrive. An organic burger patty, tons of bacon, two types of cheese, brisket, tomatoes… all within the clutches of two hefty waffles. This is something you see in movies. Or Man vs. Food. Not real life. The waiter encouraged J. to eat it as a whole, citing that the flavours were meant to be savored as one. An honest attempt was made, but this burger ended up being eaten with a fork and knife. J. said that it was surprisingly delectable, especially the brisket. Can you believe this thing actually came with a side order of fries?!
My meal wasn’t nearly as exciting as the burger on steroids, but extremely satisfying nonetheless.
The beef tenderloin tips were served in a warm, gooey sauce with wild mushrooms and a side of spring veggies, smashed potatoes and greens topped with a fruity vinaigrette. The beef was a bit chewier than I was expecting, but still quite enjoyable, especially paired with the potatoes. I’m not sure why these potatoes were so good, but the buttery, herb-infused taste left me wanting more.
Believe it or not, we decided to have dessert. We ordered the chocolate cheesecake and tiramisu.
Both desserts were okay, but neither of us were blown away by either. We could have probably skipped dessert and not have missed much. But, for $6 each, I can’t really complain.
I’m really happy to have discovered this hidden gem on Alberta Avenue. I can’t wait to try out the rest of their menu!