It’s time for another More! post, my hungry readers. There are days when I crave something new and exciting, perhaps the trending restaurant of that week. Other times, I’m perfectly happy with visiting old favorites. But what’s to say that an old favorite still isn’t “new”? If they change their menu often, as Three Boars Eatery does, is it not essentially a “new” restaurant every time you visit? A dish you were dying to reorder could potentially be long gone but in its stead, could be something just as amazing! That’s the exciting part for me. So when Joe said “it’s your choice today”, I gave in to that craving and off we went to eat with the hipsters!
As predicted, dishes had come and gone, only household staples remained such as the “Devils on Horseback” and “Blue Crab and Potato Salad”.
Joe ordered a Ginger Beer, Edmonton’s local Yellowhead with ginger liqueur. It was surprisingly very refreshing, albeit I’m not exactly a fan of the taste of ginger!
For appetizers, we started with the Devils on Horseback, a date and blue cheese combination, wrapped in bacon. This is one of those crowdpleaser dishes, you can never go wrong with bacon! (Unless there isn’t enough.) Our next bites came from the pork and chicken liver bomb. Cutest presentation ever! I was expecting a pate inside the crusted sphere, but it was more of a shredded texture, more on the dry side rather than a moist paste. Still delicious even though there weren’t any explosions.
Unexpectedly, our main course was the “rabbit food” menu item: Panzanella Salad: housemade croutons, tossed with greens, tomatoes, pickled mushrooms, pecorino cheese, and a glorious goo-ey egg. The salad by itself would have been sufficient for both Joe and my appetites for the night, but you know us (me…).
The salad’s vinaigrette mixed in with the pickled mushrooms leave your mouth with a bit of acidity, so it was nice to take a break once in a while to take bites of our second main dish, the braised Pembina Valley pork belly. Apparently they’ve done plenty of pork belly dishes, a reader claiming that this particular version was not as impressive as previous variations. Tonight’s was served with steelcut oats, a 65-degree egg, all brought together with a maple-bourbon butter sauce and a side of micro greens. This was my favorite of the night, particularly the sauce. The pork belly was done quite simply, and by itself would probably be deemed too simple. Not that I’m complaining, pork belly is pork belly. It’s delicious. Period. But eaten in combination with the other components… yuuuuuum-my! Can you spot Joe?
Dessert is almost always unnecessary if I followed the philosophy of food is just fuel. If that was the case my tank is always overflowing. There was only one choice for the night: a molasses pot du creme, topped with whipped cream and granola. It had more of a denser texture than your creme brulee, but was velvety smooth, rich, and had that depth of flavor associated with molasses.
The lesson here? Don’t forget old favorites! Because the experience itself will liken to any other new favorite you find. It helps that Three Boars Eatery changes their menu quite frequently though. This was my third visit and Joe’s first. Judging from his “mmm”-ing and “hmm”-ing, the dinner was quite the success. Only a couple of days later he asked why we weren’t going to Three Boars for dinner again. I’m going to take a wild stab and say that they’re up there on his list of eats (although nothing surpasses Vietnamese food in ranking). Can’t wait to return for another meal. Service was decent, my glass of water never empty. Our server disappeared for some time after our plates were cleared prior to dessert but it was manageable. The biggest change since my last visit? An expanded seating area upstairs which accommodates at least four more tables! Most excellent. Makes reserving that much easier! Check it out if you haven’t been yet and if you have, go again.Three Boars Eatery
8424 – 109 St