New patches on old garments

Parkallen Restaurant

7018 109 Street

Parkallen Restaurant has redefined itself. Once home to mediocre pizza and decent to good lebanese cuisine, the restaurant is now the proud owner of a fancy decor and a massive wine list. They had a free food function a couple weeks ago (trying to stay current with these posts) in celebration of their new look and list, and I was shocked to find out that the restaurant’s food, including their less-than-mentionable pizza, has not changed.

Their wine list is impressive though (if you’re impressed by things like wine lists). It is definitely the biggest list in Edmonton and has rare and vintage wines from all over the world. They even have a rare bottle that was rumored to have been given to a cabbie from Rick Mercer that is worth 50,000 dollars.

Yep, a restaurant with a website that looks like this sells a 50,000 dollar bottle of wine.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to dump on the joint’s food too hard, it’s just that something doesn’t seem to fit:

“Well let’s see, I guess I’ll have the burger….it’s still 10 dollars, right? Ok. Give me a side of onion ring also, hmmmm….. and I’ll take this 50,000 dollar bottle of wine . Thanks”

Anyways, here’s where I pull up and say the nice thing at the end: Parkallen Restaurant has the best wine list in the city.

These are my thoughts.

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  1. You are crazy not to think that the Parkallen does not have great food .One of the best restaurants in the country. You went for the free food @ the opening where almost half of edmonton came through that little place. Try it on a more serious evening and see why they have won numerous awards and accolades. Kudos for Parkalen and staff and hope you stay another 25 years.

    • Thanks for the feedback Ron!

      While Parkallen’s food is a matter of personal preference, i will point out that I barely bashed their food.

      “less-than-mentionable”, “mediocre” and “decent to good” are not all that harsh of word choices.

      Anyways, personal preferences aside, i hope that they stay another 25 years also, but their food is still just ok in my opinion

      Chris


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