Crafted to be Different: Lunch at Ampersand 27November 15, 2014
On the weekend following Halloween, Edmonton's newest local restaurant opened to the public with an unadvertised soft opening. When I first found out about Ampersand 27 a few months back I was extremely excited to see what Chef Nathin Bye had up his sleeves.
Ampersand 27 - 10612 82 Avenue - Edmonton AB
Earlier this week I stopped by for lunch with a friend, but I had a quick glance at the menu online beforehand. The lunch menu is split into three parts: flatbreads, sharing plates, and larger plates. The sharing plates are a bit larger than your average appetizer, but small enough that you can order a few to share amongst your table to try out more of the menu. There is substantial variety and inspiration from different cuisines from around the world, so I'm sure there is something to satisfy even the pickiest eater.
This restaurant proudly supports Edmonton's producers, artisans, and craftsmen, which is to be admired. Although lunch wasn't perfect, I'm still looking forward to my return to Ampersand 27 for dinner. The dinner menu features many dishes that sound fantastic, and a section of the menu is dedicated for customers to DIY their own charcuterie board. As it is a fairly new restaurant that is still working out the kinks, we still had a great dining experience with well spaced dishes and a knowledgeable server. I'll be celebrating my birthday in the dining room a week from today - and that Pig Ear Pad Thai is calling my name.