Last week I had the pleasure of meeting half of FO Photography, the lovely Funmi Omotade-Tan. I started chatting with Funmi on Twitter and Instagram, and it was my Iconoclast Koffiehuis post that really brought things together. Funmi and her husband, Adrian are Engagement & Wedding Photographers who emigrated from UK to Canada in late 2012. They live in the Oliver Square area and got to know the owner of Iconoclast well enough to be asked to cover their grand opening! You can see their post of the event on their website, along with examples of their beautiful wedding photography. I was delighted to get to know her better and have lunch at Cibo, one of Edmonton’s finest Italian restaurants.
Long gone are the days of their $10 lunches, but their dishes (now $13) are still budget friendly for the quality of food you get, in my opinion. We had a reservation for noon that Tuesday, the space was only a couple of tables full when we arrived. Our server was nice enough, bringing over the chalkboard menu for us and making sure our glasses were always filled with water.
I had the torglioni for lunch, tosses with fried mushrooms, caramelized onions, egg, and fresh thyme. The thyme smelled delightful, I’m always a fan of fresh herbs in dishes. The pasta was cooked perfectly and once in a while you got bites of egg in the midst of mushrooms, a good combination. I loved my dish! I had previously gone to Cibo twice before for dinner, both of which seemed heavily salted to me. This time though, much better. Kudos!
Funmi had the bucatini with rabbit sausage ragu and pecorino cheese. Looked just as beautiful, and probably tasted just as well. She seemed to enjoy the dish! I was expecting bigger pieces of rabbit sausage but I suppose a ragu does constitute more of a meat sauce rather than chunks of meat. It’s been awhile since I’ve had rabbit, hopefully the dish will still be there on my next visit.
Although full, everybody knows I always have room for dessert. We ordered the ciocolatto to share, a chocolate hazelnut tart. Salted hazelnut brittle sprinkled the dish, alongside a citrus whipped cream. The most dominant flavor was the chocolate hazelnuts and I have to say the citrus notes of the whipped cream were pretty subdued. The cream was a welcome addition though and gave the dish a more refreshing feel. Not overly sweet, which is just the way I like it! Best part of it all, Funmi gave me some tips on using my new camera and the importance of lighting and shadows! It’s amazing to see how she thinks and sees things in life. I wish I could naturally look at something and know which is the best way to photograph it!
By the time we left, the space had a steady stream of people being seated and those already into their meal seemed pleased. Thanks to Funmi for treating me to dessert and it was lovely meeting up with you! There will be plenty more food in our future together, I’m sure! (Perhaps Adrian will come too next time!) Make sure you go visit FO Photography to check out their work.Cibo Bistro
11244 – 104 Avenue