Friday, July 29, 2011

Neighbourhood Niche

Iced coffee with Bailey's
We went to Niche on 3 course Thursdays and were not disappointed. This coffee obsessed bovine started with the iced coffee with Bailey's which was perfectly sweetened with a lavender infused simple syrup. The Bailey's added just the right amount of creaminess, and in this humble cow's opinion is the best iced coffee in the #yeg.

The fresh oyster and tomato boccaccini salad had a mildly sweet dressing, refreshingly juicy tomatoes, sweet nectarines, and tangy artichokes - which I am normally adverse to, but these have changed my mind. The oyster on top was perfectly cooked and melted in your mouth.

The warm goat cheese and crispy toasted crostini perfectly complemented one another, and we were sure to devour every last smidgen of cheese.

Coffee crusted bison
Next came the coffee smoked jalepeno crusted bison. The coffee crust gave the bison a delicious savoury kick of flavour. While the slightly crunchy barley risotto was enveloped in creamy and mouth watering sauce. 

The pork tenderloin was moist and juicy, while the accompanying polenta in tomato butter sauce was soft and partnered well by a sauce that allowed it to shine.

This moo was treated to a beautiful glass of Crios Torrontes wine from Argentina by Chef Paul Shufelt, Vice-President Culinary and Corporate Chef of the Century Hospitality Group, who was also dining there that evening. The wine was smooth with just the right hit of sweetness. Thanks Chef Shufelt!

Flourless chocolate brownie
Dessert consisted of an apple cinnamon walnut bread pudding. Surrounded by a salted caramel sauce and an airy brandy whip cream, the bread pudding had more of a smooth cake texture. The only downside was the overly large pieces of walnut that seemed to scream out and call attention away from the creamy cake. 

The flourless chocolate brownie with salted caramel and whip was decadent, dark, and rich. 

This place is a neighbourhood gem and we will definitely be returning to work our way through the rest of their menu. If you go, I highly recommend that you do not miss their iced coffee with Bailey's and their flourless chocolate brownie, or you will be sorely missing out!

More photos on Flickr.

11011 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5K 0K6  
Twitter: @NicheYEG 

UPDATED (December 20, 2013): CLOSED

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