Recap: Swine & Dine at Edmonton’s Rostizado
After a successful Swine & Dine to kick of 2015 at the Common in January, Edmonton’s tastiest dining series headed downtown to the Mercer building for a latin infusion at Rostizado.
Fresh off being named the Best New Restaurant in Edmonton by Avenue Magazine, I knew that the Tres Carnales behind Rostizado would come up with a satisfying and Alberta-pork packed Swine & Dine menu.
On Thursday night I was joined by 24 adventurous eaters for a three-course menu at Rostizado featuring Alberta pork from appetizer to dessert. We were greeted by our lovely hosts with a welcome glass of Cava Sangria – a treat that had Randall MacDonald of Call the Kettle Black raving.
For the first dish of the evening, chef Edgar Gutierrez and his culinary team treated our palates to a pork blood sope with smoked pork shoulder, avocado and fresh onion. Rich and flavour and packed with iron, the take on the traditional Mexican street food had our table buzzing with approval.
Our main dish, a duo of Alberta pork, featured both coffee ancho chile crusted pork tenderloin served with red mole & Michoacan style pork carnitas served with orange salsa. The combination of the spice from the chile on the pork tenderloin combined with the soft citrus sauce was incredible. The meat was accompanied by a gooey stack of chorizo potato gratin and bacon-glazed carrots; the gratin was so tasty we all wanted the recipe.
The benefits of being seated next to an open kitchen is that you often get to see your food being prepped, and on Thursday night we had the pleasure of watching Edgar and his team plate a twist one of their signature desserts.
Traditionally the churros at Rostizado are dusted with cinnamon and sugar and served with dulce de leche; however for Swine & Dine the strips of Mexican fried dough were topped with dulce de leche (caramel sauce) and chicharrón or fried pig skin. While this gluten-free girl couldn’t partake in the churro fun, I hear the combination of sweet and salt was the perfect way to end the meal.
If you missed Swine & Dine at Rostizado, don’t fret, their regular menu is packed with incredible dishes featuring Alberta pork including the rotisserie slow-roasted pork, gorditas and the pork fat roasted cauliflower. You can visit them at:
102, 10359 104 st
Mon – Thur 11 – 10
Fri 11 – 11/ Sat 5 – 11