The menu at North 53 is a culinary mash up of local ingredients and cultures. Edmonton has a multi-nation history of immigration and has been the happy home of some very solid restaurants that have become nationally renowned. North 53 is poised to be one of those. Where else can you see an Oxtail and Turnip tart along side Glazed Short Ribs (so rich and gooey), Pork Cabbage Rolls(Yum) or Shrimp Chorizo (zesty)? The cocktails are inventive and you can get a smoked old fashioned that comes with…you guessed it…a dose of smoke, trapped by the raw wood coaster.
The decor and preparation of the food is ultra modern, layered with a down home twist. You eat off a collection of somebody’s (or several somebodies’) grandma’s dishes and you can order a whole roast chicken that makes you feel like you are at Sunday dinner. The Clam and Scallop Fettuccine is divine but every dish can be shared so being the greedy little piggies we are, we ordered a bunch of stuff and tucked in to it with relish.
Desserts like Cognac ice cream or the Apple Tart with the Cheddar Crust bring an elevated flare to a simple concept of the country dessert.
Go, order smokey things and enjoy.