Recap: Swine and Dine at London Local
London Local played host to the latest Swine and Dine in Edmonton on March 27, 2019, and what I loved most, was that chef Lindsay Porter shared a menu that featured components and dishes that are already on her current menu, or coming soon. So often I hear from people who are sad they missed out on the one-off menu event, but this latest Swine and Dine can almost be recreated any night of the week at London Local. I had no idea how much I liked English inspired contemporary food until I visited London Local; the British gastro pub has comfort food classics that has regulars coming back on repeat. I was so happy when chef Lindsay agreed to host a Swine and Dine, reminding Edmonton diners the south Edmonton restaurant has a passion for pork packed menu.
THE BACON WALDORF
Chef Lindsay explained that the Waldorf is a salad that they have been playing with as a feature, and their customers are loving it. For our first Swine and Dine course, chef Lindsay shared a pork-packed Waldorf salad made with crispy bacon and ham with a warm bacon, ham and English mustard dressing served with grapes, apple, chicharron croutons, walnut and celery. While a traditional Waldorf would have a mayo dressing, I appreciated the switch to chef Lindsay’s lighter and savoury warm mustard and bacon dressing.
LONDON LOCAL SCOTCH EGG
The London Local Scotch egg is a signature dish at the restaurant, and chef Lindsay served us the version that was straight off the menu. House ground and seasoned Alberta pork is wrapped around a soft poached egg, battered, fried, and served with house-made HP London Local sauce. The dish is packed with protein which can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Chef Lindsay shared the recipe, but we think the original is worth the drive to the southeast Edmonton restaurant. She also kept one fryer gluten free for a few Celiacs at the event, and since I so rarely get to indulge in deep-fried items, this dish was my favourite of the night.
BANGERS AND MASH
In 2009, Bangers and mash, also known as sausage and mash, was listed as Britain’s most popular comfort food. The classic as a firm spot on London Local’s menu, and was obvious addition to chef Lindsay’s Swine and Dine menu; however, chef Lindsay wanted to present the it with a twist. While the house-made banger sausages stayed the same, the dish off the regular menu was altered to include bacon lardons, roasted vegetables, and most addictive pillowy mound of pork liver pate infused mashed potatoes.
All of us at the table could not stop talking about the potatoes. When we bestowed our admiration on to chef Lindsay, she shared that she always has pork liver pate and mashed potatoes on the menu, so in theory she could make this magical concoction on request. If this blog recap inspires you to do anything, please go to London Local to request pate mashed potatoes.
APPLE CHEDDAR & BACON TART
For dessert, chef Lindsay served a pork lard infused pastry crust stuffed with wine poached apple, English cheddar, and topped with a cinnamon crumble and bacon fat apple caramel sauce. Chef Lindsay shared that she was testing a new recipe out on us Swine and Diners, as she plans to add a tart to her menu shortly. I couldn’t indulge in this dish, but my fellow Swine and Diners raved about the flaky crust and sweet and savoury combination. Instead, chef Lindsay served the Celiacs in attendance a pork-infused version of their Eton Mess dessert. (I think I could eat bacon apple caramel sauce at London Local all day long).
One of the things I like most about London Local is that it is a female owned and female chef led restaurant, something that is not common to the Edmonton or Alberta food scene. Together, co-owners Chef Lindsay Porter and Evonne Li have created a warm and inviting space in south Edmonton that serves up dishes that play homage to their British roots, but made with a twist that highlights some of the best ingredients that are available in Alberta.
No matter where you may be in the capital region, the London Local Scotch egg is worth the drive.
2307 Ellwood Drive SW
(Ellwood Drive and 91st Street)
Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30am – 9:00pm
Friday: 11:30am – 11:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 3:00pm (brunch), 5:00pm – 11:00pm (dinner)
Sunday Brunch, Sunday Roast: 10:00am – 8:00pm
brunch available until 3:00pm
Sunday Roast starts at noon, limited menu available)