New Year’s Eve at Select was a delicious introduction to the restaurant’s new image.
Edmonton, your food culture amazes me.
When trying to find somewhere serving up a multi-course meal on New Year's Eve, OpenTable was an absolute gem. There were a ton of Edmonton restaurants with NYE specials, all of them serving their specialties and offering several courses of awesome for a range of prices. One could either dine on the most extravagant dishes the city has to offer, or satisfy hungry tummies with good quality, reasonably-priced comfort food. Your choice.
Taner and I chose Select for our NYE dining excursion and we're very glad that we did.
The restaurant offered a 4-course menu with starter, salad, entree, and dessert. All entrees came with a complimentary grilled lobster tail or three prosciutto-wrapped Hokkaido scallops on the side. The scallops, of course, were the deciding factor.
Select offered two seatings for New Year's Eve; we booked for the later seating at 8:30pm. When we arrived, we were promptly shown to our table and taken care of in style for the rest of the evening.
The service? Great.
The food? Even better...after the first couple of courses.
To start, we had the chicken and corn chowder and the beef tartare. The soup was creamy, delicious, and tasted homemade - a beautiful starter. The beef tartare was less admirable, with bland beef and crumbly rye crisps. The tartare was served with red onions and no garlic, which I found disappointing. I've heard much about Select's tartare, often heralded as the 'best in the city' - while the rest of the meal was excellent, I'm inclined to prefer Accent Lounge's iteration of this dish.
The salad course was next, with mesclun greens, pickled carrot and asparagus, Canadian goat cheese, and pistachio vinaigrette. This salad had mounds of flavour and the vinaigrette gave a tingly, citrusy kick to the tastebuds. Next time, I'd avoid using pickled vegetables with such a strong vinaigrette, though; certain bites were a little overpowering.
The entrees are where Select really came into its own: tender, flavourful Chilean sea bass with saffron basmati rice and a beautiful plate of Sterling Silver tenderloin with truffle smashed potatoes. Add a side of prosciutto-wrapped scallops to both of those dinners and you have yourself a perfect meal.
The sea bass was aromatic, with a taste accentuated by the intensity of the saffron rice.
The tenderloin melted in the mouth, cooked to a perfect medium-rare and complemented beautifully with the truffle mashed tatties.
The scallops were to die for. Pure and simple.
We finished off our meal with a peppermint crème brulée and chocolate truffles with mousse: lovely palate cleansers that sated our appetites completely.
For $75 a person, we were treated to a number of courses that delighted the senses and pleased our palates. While I wasn't entirely impressed with the beef tartare and the excessive acidity of the salad, the entree and dessert were enough to blow me away. Pair that with helpful, friendly, and attentive service, and you've got yourself a regular customer, mate.
10018 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 1G1
LUNCH HOURS Mon-Fri from 11:30am to 2pm
DINNER HOURS Mon-Thur from 5pm-11pm | Fri/Sat from 5pm-midnight