Jubilations is a dinner theater that has been around for 18+ years. It is in the West Edmonton Mall on the second floor near the Casino entrance.
Each show features three acts, with a four-course meal served in between. You’ll start with soup and salad then Act 1 begins. Lights up! The wait staff start bringing out the amazing entrees. You will have had to choose between one of four entrees - Prime Rib, Chicken, Fish or Vegetarian - while you were dining on your salad and soup. The lights dim again and Act 2 is on it's way. Once it's finished the lights come on and the wait staff are coming for your supper dishes and preparing to serve your delicious dessert. Again you will have chosen one of two delectable desserts at the beginning of the evening. Along with coffee and tea.
NOTE - all of the above is covered in your ticket price. Your cocktails, wine, shooters and liquid dessert is NOT included in the ticket price.
The menus change with each performance - If you check the menu for the show 'Elvis and the Lost Hangover' the starters are 'The Gangster' soup and the 'The Las Vegas Strip Salad'. If you wish to see the menu for the "On Stage Now'" play go to the Jubilations main page and beside the "On Stage Now" there is a button to see the Menu. You may also see the playbill which will show you the actors/actresses and give you a little more background to the story. The greatest part of the playbill is that it shows you the prices of the cocktails, wine, shooters and liquid dessert so that you know how much cash to bring with you. Yes Jubilations does accept debit and credit cards BUT if you have cash you can leave it in the billfold and just hand it to a waitress instead of waiting for everyone using the machine to pay for it. Gets you out the door faster. Just my little tip I learned going to many of these shows.
The themes of their shows are often based on popular TV shows or movies or sometimes just eras. All the waiters and waitresses are in dressed in character. They never break character and sometimes they might even pull you into the show itself, or grab you for a dance in the aisle. I hope you're not the shy kind because I think they look for those first! You can say no of course and they will move onto another person---> eventually.
They also have call people up who have birthdays and anniversaries. This is done between the Acts and usually when they are picking up your dishes. Those who are celebrating these events are called to the stage where you will perform. Insert red cheeks here! Usually for the birthday people they make you do the chicken dance. With the anniversaries I've seen them make them dance like at their wedding and also hold the longest kiss too. You just never know. Each participant is given a signed card from the cast.
I have been to many of the shows - Once I can remember off the top of my head is Gilligan's Island, Happy Days, Mel's Diner. There's one I can't remember and it would be the only one I didn't have as much fun as the others and that is only because I hadn't seen the original show so had no reference point to go on to see how the show even went.
The cost of the dinner is
Wed, Thurs, Sun - $64.95 per person
Fri & Sat - $74.95 per person
Unless your party is over 10 people then you can get a 25% discount $48.95 and $56.95
Favorite Dish: The Prime Rib is my favorite meal, skip the horse radish. Thankfully they bring that in a separate container so you have the option. It's served with roast garlic mashed potatoes, pan gravy and seasonal vegetables.
While these aren't my favorites I've tried them
Chicken- Sundried cranberry and ricotta stuffed chicken breast with herb gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and season vegetables. -- This one was ok, but I found the chicken to be dry and not enough gravy to hide that fact.
Salmon - Poached Salmon with tomato mandarin orange salsa, saffron rice pilaf and seasonal fresh vegetables. Was quite good, but the prime rib still was the best
Vegetarian - Mushroom Stroganoff - egg noodles smothered in rich vegetarian gravy and topped with sour cream does not sound very appetizing to me. I've passed on almost all the vegetarian dishes.
My wife and I decided to have dinner here. Our 5:30 reservation ensured a fairly quiet room and attentive service and we got that! We started with a Caesar salad which was quite good maybe just a little too cold to truly savor all the different tastes associated with this salad. My wife had the Chicken cordon bleu with Black forest ham, smoked Gruyère cheese, wild mushroom marsala sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and I had Cedar Plank Salmon with Oven roasted, Quebec maple butter, pecans, truffle buttered pappardelle pasta. Both arrived in a timely fashion and both plates were hot a nice touch. Both dishes were well presented and tasted as good as they looked. Excellent service and good food resulted in a pleasant and enjoyable evening out.
Favorite Dish: Surf & Turf
Joey's is a premium casual dining restaurant. The service is fantastic. Our server came take our order and she came to check on us at just the right time intervals ~ not too often that she might as well sat with us and not so little that we had to wait for anything.
There are three main areas to be seated. You may choose the Lounge which is located on the left side of the restaurant as you walk through the doors. You may choose the Dining Room, or the Indoor Patio. The Indoor Patio has huge doors that roll up in the summer time so you can enjoy your meal with a cool summer breeze. The Indoor Patio also had a beautiful water piece ~ I'm not sure if it's a pool or a pond, but it's stunning to be able to sit next to it. There is a fully stocked bar in both the Lounge and Indoor Patio ~ in the Dining Room there is a Wine Rack with dozens of choices.
The food was absolutely delicious. Everything we ordered was so delicious.
You may wonder what you should wear to a premium casual restaurant. Well if you want to go in wearing your jeans and t-shirt, that will be fine. If you wish to put on your little black dress and the men a shirt and tie with dress pants, that will be accepted too. You will feel comfort and welcome either way.
Favorite Dish: As quoted by my sister at dinner "The food is so good I don't know if I can be full"
Our favorites tonight were:
Szechuan Edamame ~ Wok tossed edamame beans with chilies, garlic, soy sauce. Sprinkled with black and white poppyseeds.
Chili Chicken ~ Tempura style chicken with cool cucumbers in a chili sauce. Just the right amount of sauce so as to keep the chicken crispy
Spinach & Artichoke dip ~ Warm corn tortilla chips served with a jalapeno salsa. The dip is rich and was a little thin tonight. The salsa was SO delicious it was sad that it came in such a small bowl.
French Dip ~ A slow cooked prime rib (comes rare but you can ask for it to be cooked medium if rare is too much) comes on a house made roll and the most delicious au jus.
Tony's Pizza has been serving the Edmonton area for over 25 years. They serve the most delicious Original New York Style Pie (I always ask for some garlic on my pie and it's delicious). This pizza only comes in one size Extra Large. Guess they like to do it big in NY.
They have eat in or pick up, they don't deliver - that's the only negative for me, you have to drive to get your pizza so don't forget to order it and pick it up on your way home.
The nights when the Oilers or the Eskimos are playing - you might as well forget dining in. The place it packed during every game.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the Insalata di Pomodori, a traditional Italian salad with dressing, roma tomatoes and onions.
I also like the Scaloppini al Marsala, the veal is cooked to perfection and there is a lot of mushrooms in the sauce. I usually order this when I go.
For pick up (because I have to share this with my family) it's 2 Original New York Pies with added garlic.
Bacon has a wonderful philosophy: "There are two things in life worth leaving your front door for: one of them being good, wholesome food, and the other being good, decent company" They manage to turn this philosophy into reality in a very inviting, delicious way. The restaurant itself is quite tiny, with only a handful of tables and a few stools at a counter. The decor is comforting and relaxing. As soon as you walk in you can see the kitchen to the right, and you could stand there and watch them (if you wanted to). The only downside to this is that the room gets very warm, so don't wear a sweater! The staff are all extremely friendly and helpful, and you know they're sincere.
The food is like modern twists on familiar dishes. Check out the menu on their website.
I could go on and on about how wonderful this restaurant is, so you should check it out or, again, at least read their website! Not only is their food delicious, but their attitudes are positive and they are very community oriented, local food oriented... I could go on!
"Bacon specializes in locally sourced ingredients to create inventive, healthy and sumptuous meals." - from their Facebook group
Favorite Dish: I visited Bacon in a party of 4, and we all ended up having the same main course, but I'll start with the appetizer. Me and my husband shared the poutine, but this is not your average poutine. There's is made with roasted potato & yam with feta & toasted sesame gravy. A very interesting combo, one that I quite enjoyed.
For our main course we all had the bison burger, with molasses butter, remoulade, onion and Havarti on sesame bun served with salad or three perogies & sour cream. Half of us had the salad and half of us had the perogies, and everything was great! The burger was so thick I could barely get my mouth around it.
We dropped in on a Friday night around 6pm. There were no other customers, but more and more people came over the hour we were there, which was nice to see. I think the decor was basic but there were nice touches. The seating and tables were plain, but there was some absolutely beautiful Afghan art all around the restaurant.
There are only six items on the menu, and since we hadn't visited before, we went for the $35 platter to share to get a taste of everything they have to offer. We also had a "small" order of delicious, fragrant, complex Afghan rice, which was an additional $10. The platter was massive and came with five different meats, chicken and beef. The chicken kebab was my favourite - amazingly tender. But everything was good. There was a big heap of salad in the middle, too. And I can't forget about the great, gigantic piece of Afghan bread that came with everything. The total was $48 before tip and we got four meals out of it. Not bad!
I should note that I don't think they serve alcohol there. I probably wouldn't have noticed unless I overheard a man asking if they had a house wine and the waiter said no. I then noticed that there is a physical bar, but there was mostly pomegranate juice behind it. I didn't see alcohol anywhere or a drinks menu.
As for service, I found it to be good. The man who came to our table was also, I'm assuming, the cook as he was going between the dining area and the kitchen. He was always smiling, asking us if everything was alright, and just generally a nice guy. The wait time for the food wasn't long, I think about 15 minutes. I wasn't keeping track.
There was only one downside to the restaurant, and it's not something I usually comment on, but I have to. The bathroom was probably the dirtiest, messiest bathroom I've seen in North America. When I walked in there was a huge painting laying on the floor in front of the stalls. There were paper towels everywhere and things knocked over. There were only two stalls and both of the toilets were just gross. One of them was unusable. I'm not sure why it was in such a state, but I really hope this was just a bizarre situation and not the norm.
All in all, I would still consider this place to be a hidden gem and you should definitely check it out. 4.5/5
I had lots of Ukrainian foods while living in Edmonton. Many restaurants have selections or a few items that are Polish/Ukrainian. A lots of places have perogies for example.
One place now does come to mind. Its not fancy, not trendy, but does have some good stuff. It is called "B's Diner".
Favorite Dish: The soups, sausages, perogies... the menu is not large, but everything I had was good.
The restaurant scene in Edmonton is highly variable - subject to the booms and busts of the economy - and so reviews from even a few months ago may no longer hold true.
For anyone looking to dine in Edmonton (and I have to admit that I have a bias for fine dining, and the centrally located plus University area and west side restaurants), here are my recommended suggestions for July 2011:
VERY FINE DINING
GOOD FOOD - ECLECTIC MIX of CUISINES
4th and Vine
For more information and menus, just Google the name of the restaurant plus "Edmonton".
Characters, Hardware Grill and Zinc are in the city centre area (Zinc is in the new Art Gallery of Edmonton).
Packrat Louie's is in the very popluar Strathcona area.
Allegro, d'Lish and 4th and Vine are west of the downtown area.
Favorite Dish: Too numerous to mention!!!
Enjoy a fine dining experience, complete with white tablecloths and burgundy napkins, surrounded by antique furnishings and Polish accents, and the soft sounds of a Chopin mazurka in this Central European establishment in the Old Strathcona area of southside Edmonton.
The food is consistently tasty and well prepared, there is a good selection of fine wines, European beers, and of course vodka.
The appetizers including such interesting dishes such as Steak à la Tartare (raw beef!!!!), Pickle Soup (mmmm!! much better than it sounds), and Flaczki (Polish tripe soup - only for the culinarily adventurous!!). There are two long pages of entrees to choose from, so the most dificult job is to narrow it down to the one dish that tempts you most. The portions are light at lunchtime and generous for dinner. Abd there is a delectable selection of tortes for dessert.
A window table will let you indulge in some people watching on Edmonton's trendy Whyte Avenue.
Favorite Dish: The Kielbasy Slaskie (Polish sausage) and the Polish Cutlets are the closest thing to homemade that you will find in a restaurant anywhere - very tasty and very filling - but easy on the budget!!
UPDATE January 2007 - there's a new menu at Continental Treat, but the old favourites are still available, and there are some new entrees too - the pierogi with sauerkraut and mushrooms are scrumptious!!!!
UPDATE July 2011 - the menus have changed once again, fewer items on it, and the prices have gone up. Food is still fine but they could use a few new approaches to the veggies that they serve with the entrees.
This unpretentious restaurant in Edmonton's west end serves wonderful oven baked ("il forno") pizzas and mouth watering pasta dishes at reasonable prices, all of which you can wash down with some fine Italian wines. This casual eatery is subtly decorated, the ambience is wonderfully warm and friendly as the proprietor circulates among all the tables welcoming all who dine at his place.
The salads are fresh and lightly dressed, the selection of pasta sauces is marvellous, there are also specials of the day that include risottos, veal and fish. This is a perfect place to unwind at the end of a busy day or hectic week of work!!
UPDATE January 2007 - unfortunately the original owner of Il Forno SOLD IT!!!, the restaurant is still there, but whether the food and ambience will live up to its previous standards is a BIG question.
UPDATE July 2011 - the new owners neglected to keep up the standard of the food; I would now rate this restaurant as very average and comparable to chain restaurants serving Italian food (mostly pasta). Pity!!
Favorite Dish: The pastas range from the basic tomato and basil sauce Napoletana to the spicier Calabrese, complete with homemade Italian sausage. The seafood pastas are especially delicious. Antipasti plates, calamari and cozze alla marinara (mussels with white wine and tomatoes) and Insalata tricolore are perfect starters, while the risotto with scampi, scallops and crab, or the vitello al lemone (veal with lemon) are hearty entrees. For dessert save room for gelato.
Stepping into Koutouki is like stepping into another world. White walls accented with blue, covered with pictures of family and friends throughout time. Plants hanging from the ceiling and Greek music playing a little loudly from the speakers throughout. The hostess will lead you through the narrow restaurant to your table. (There are three locations; I am referring to the one of the south side)
Koutouki offers a large selection of delicious Greek appetizers and a moderate offering of main dishes. Perhaps something that is special to their restaurant compared to other Greek restaurants in the city is Yianni's Meze, which is approximately 12 dishes for $33. Be advised, this has to be ordered for 2 or more, and 2 people cannot just share one.
I have a lot of friends who also love this restaurant. The food is delicious every time and the experience pleasant.
I have not yet experiences this, but Koutouki features belly dancers (who will encourage you to dance with them) and plate smashing.
Koutouki is a family run restaurant, owned by the Psalios family, many of whom work at the restaurants.
Favorite Dish: I had the chicken souvlaki, which was served on a pita with santziki and onion, Greek salad and potatoes. Very filling, but just the right amount! Delicious. $22
Chili Hot Hot is a large new dim sum restaurant located in downtown Edmonton. I was here last on a Sunday afternoon, close to the end of the dim sum cart service. The cart service was fairly quick. The food was all hot and delicious. Once the cart service was over (around 2pm) it was a bit harder to get service as the restaurant virtually emptied out and all of the servers seemed to take a break. Once the cart service is over you can still order dim sum items off of the menu, or order off of the regular menu. Lunch for 2 people came out to only $24!
ALL DIM SUM ITEMS ARE ONLY $2.75!
This restaurant is, unfortunately, now closed
Favorite Dish: Delicious, flavorful, tender shrimp dumplings and warm sticky rice that tastes just the way it should be.
What an AWESOME PLACE! I'd been here once before - only briefly for drinks on the patio one hot summer evening before a wedding! :P
Now, there for dinner. It was FANTASTIC! Very comfortable. Warm, appealing colors.
The waitress was SO friendly (and beautiful!). :-)
I would definitely return here. There are so many more things that I want to try!
Favorite Dish: I ate the Gnocchi in a tomato sauce with shrimp. We also enjoyed a nice bottle of vallipocella - was perfect! (Although, a nice white might have gone better with the shrimp....) The gnocchi was PERFECT! So delectable! This is a specialty for me. I only get gnocchi from the Italian Bakery here in Edmonton and make it myself. However, I WAS SO IMPRESSED! Thankfully the portion was large and I was UNABLE to finish it. I have leftovers for dinner tonight!
We had a "Big Night Out" for nine, booked 3days in advance this past mth.
-Staff seated us in two booths with wall between.Hardly cozy or easy sharing.
-Three pots for 9 people, charged in pairs. Means opportunity for variety was lessened; On all 3 courses.
-Inclusion of 18%tip was not advised upon paymt. At 12am, 20 minutes after leaving and realizing error, I called & left message for Mgr.to correct. 33% tip is excessive with above mentioned.
-Mgr. called back 22 hours later, said too late to fix...anyway...her servers normally get 33% and up. No concern on her part.
-I called 3 times during next day as well as leaving the message the night before. Servers took the messages, Mgr. advised she was doing interviews and didn't have time for me.
-The servers were good that night, no exception but as expected for this kind of dining. The seating and shorting in pot choices weighed heavy on the group. I do fondues @home this was to add to the experience outside the home.
- I promised to contact Heidi & Cory because my server -daughter and her restaurant manager, said no way would owners allow this to pass. Bills are corrected when in error, even when tips are involved and informed timely, just like in this case.
-On facebook people commented, this is no different than buying shoes, being overcharged, missing the charge,returning to correct and then being told: too bad. It doesn't happen.
So I've done my part, I'll try again to reach both of you personally. I promise to post the resolution to this problem as quickly as I posted the problem in the first place.
PS. tried all day several times to call Jan31/11. 10mins of continuous dial even. finally @ 5pm someone answered, said Christmas party on, place closed. Someone might want to add to answering message that place is closed, out of courtesy to clients.
Thanks for your ear.
Favorite Dish: "Big Night Out" is the full course dinner I serve at home when fondueing. So why have anything less when out. No exotic meats served but definitely a wonderful fare with seafood included. Can't make a mistake with a serving of salad, cheese fondue, meat fondue and chocolate fondue.
I don't have much experience with Indian food; before Khazana I'd probably been only three or four times. I've really been craving Indian food lately, so when my dad called me up on Friday and asked if me and my husband wanted to go to Khazana for dinner that night, I thought "Perfect!".
My dad was able to make a reservation for six at 6pm online, which he really liked. The first thing that struck me when I walked in was how big it was. I've walked by the restaurant downtown tons of times and didn't expect it to be so big. The decor is very warm and cozy, wood and gold with a cool fireplace right near our table. Speaking of our table, it was made of this gorgeous wood, the metal water glasses were cool looking and the place setting were nice as well. A very visually appealing place overall for sure. There was also some nice music playing in the background, not too loud to be distracting, but just perfect to complete the atmosphere.
Since there were six of us, we ordered an appetizer and then each picked something of the menu that we would all share. We ordered:
- Two orders of mogo ($5.25 each)
- Four orders of garlic nan bread ($3.75 each)
- Chana pindi (chick peas) ($11.25)
- Tandoori salmon ($19.25)
- Butter chicken ($15.25)
- Peshawari kebab (lamb) ($18.50)
- Coconut shrimp
- Lamb shank ($19.95)
- Basmati rice
My dad also had a mango lassi that was quite refreshing and delicious.
Wow, was that a lot of food! We just about managed to finish everything, but not quite. The flavours were amzing and distinct. The lamb shank was incredible, melt in your mouth, fantastic spices, wow. The butter chicken was great, and I loved the garlic nan. There was nothing on the table I didn't like. Khazana also claims to have Edmonton's biggest Indian buffet, which I think I'll try next time. I will definitely be going to Khazana again!