More! TZiN Wine & Tapas in December

by Cindy

It’s been a week since my last post and I’m not even quite sure why I stopped. I have toned down eating out so often, the body can only handle so much. But also because I’ve been trying to cook at home more! The recipes aren’t unique and I mostly Google for whatever I’m craving. Who knows, maybe this will turn into a cooking blog one day. The day I have my own kitchen…

I couldn’t be more happy on how I spent the first of December though. Joe and I had gone to the Festival of Trees earlier in the day and came back exhausted. By the time we were hungry, it was already quite late. Last minute dinner planning gave us two options: instant noodles or somewhere close by. Somewhere close by downtown you say? Why not our favorite again? And so we did.

As you know, Tzin was only recently added to my list of favorite eats. Since posting, I had already been there twice. A little excessive to some perhaps, but it’s a guaranteed good meal for the right price. And at 9:45pm, they had room for two! Perfect.

Chef McGuire in the Kitchen

Chef McGuire in the Kitchen

The reservations were running late, but as always, the servers provided excellent service. Joe and I sipped on some champagne while we waited for our table and I eyed a freshly Movember-stache shaven Chef McGuire prepare the night’s dishes with his new Japanese knife from Edmonton’s pop-up knife shop. He’s able to recognize us now… not sure if this is a good or bad thing. I feel like a creep but honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Tzin has more than a handful of regulars. We were seated at a higher table alongside the inner wall, opposite to where we’ve sat before. Much better lighting, more room, and best view of the kitchen by far (for creeping purposes). Should really ask for that table on our next visit!

Favorite Menu items

Favorite Menu items

The menu had already changed since the last time we were here. Our favorites were still up and forefront though: the baked brie and the warm wild mushroom and spinach tart.

Seasonal Changes

Seasonal Changes

I was glad to see that other diners agreed with us on last month’s weekend special, the chorizo and gnocchi stew, and it’s now printed on the menu! Hope it remains there for at least the rest of winter! Nice and hearty dish.

Braised Beef Brisket

Braised Beef Brisket

Normally we order 3-4 dishes to share, plus a dessert but this time we were given a little something from the kitchen (yippee!): a braised Spring Creek beef brisket with red cabbage Dijon slaw and chili aioli. Melt in your mouth goodness. Don’t let the large piece of beef fool you!

Baked Brie

Baked Brie

With two dishes to order, we split the choices. Last time I didn’t order the baked brie and although the other dishes that night were amazing, I couldn’t help but think of the dish. I had to order it again. So I did. This time, it was made with an apple and Saskatoon berry compote, and served with a spoon to scoop on the cheese. I preferred the pears and cherries in October, but this month’s compote still complimented the brie. The spoon for us was unnecessary–I’ll eat the whole cheese with the rind with my bare hands if I was without utensils– but I understand there are those that prefer just the melted cheese inside and leave the rind untouched (why?!). Mmm… baked brie…

Braised Bacon

Braised Bacon

While I was focusing on my brie, Joe’s choice of the braised bacon with a maple balsamic apple compote and a Calvados (apple brandy) gastrique, served on crostini was being devoured next to me. I had to stop mid-way through the brie to take a bite out of the dish before it was all gone. In between bites, Joe managed to say the wild mushroom and spinach tart was still his favorite dish. By the end of the plate though, he was having second thoughts. The bacon was just as tender as the beef and the sauces were delicious! Because the two dishes were cooked similarly, I would have preferred a different dish for some variety. Our first choice was actually the stuffed and fried Manzanilla olives but they were sold out for the night. Our server (should really get her name, we get her every time and I love her!) mentioned that the kitchen would be changing that one up soon. Hopefully not too soon, we have yet to try them!

Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread Cake

Three dishes down, past 10:30pm, it seemed like an appropriate time for dessert. The flourless chocolate torte was still available to order, what appears to be their staple dessert as it’s been on the menu for all three visits now. The newest addition of the month, a gingerbread cake with brown butter ice cream, drizzled with a rum caramel sauce. Yuuuuum-my. By far, my favorite dessert Tzin has done thus far. I’m going to assume that this dish will only be around for the month of December so be sure to save room for this!

With our third visit completed, Tzin has us 3/3. No surprise. I returned shortly the next Tuesday to nab myself gift certificates for 104St’s customer appreciation day. 10% when you buy a $50 gift certificate, with the 10% proceeds going to Chef McGuire’s Movember fundraiser. Win-win! If you haven’t tried Tzin yet, please give it a go. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

TZiN Wine and Tapas
www.tzin.ca
10115 – 104 St
(780) 428-8946
Twitter: @tzin104
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3 comments

iamonlyhereforthefood December 11, 2012 - 12:28 AM

I read there is an izakaya opening soon in Edmonton. Being different type of cuisine but same principle in terms of size of dishes, would there be any chance it could sway you away? Probably not, given it’s location. Just saying! 🙂

On that note, been there, done that. Eating out constantly starts to wear you down. Now, how about a sample cooking post?

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cindurh December 11, 2012 - 10:24 AM

Yes, I have reservations already for Thursday to try the new izakaya! Very excited!

I have a couple posts on baking coming up. They’re nothing special but the blog is about what I eat so it’ll be shared soon.

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