I had wanted an excuse to try out Sabor Divino for a while, but with the crazy-business of life, it got put on the backburner for a while, so for my boyfriend’s birthday, we headed out to give its updated twists on classic European fare a whirl… and we weren’t disappointed. Dark woods, white tablecloths, warm earthy fabrics, a large dining room encircling a baby grand piano and large gleaming bar greets you as you enter.
The service was a shade below what we would have expected from a restaurant stepping out as one of Edmonton’s best fine dining experiences. Perhaps it was due to inexperience of our waiter or the fact we were a large group – but most overlooked things were quickly remedied once we pointed things out or asked for missing cutlery. On to the food!!
Our waiter was a bit surprised we ordered appetizers on top of our enormous seafood platter (it was to share!) but he quickly regained his composure, and food came out a bit after we polished off the bread, olives and a round of drinks. First out was our Mista salads that came with the seafood platters. Simple young spring greens, with a few colored tomatoes, cucumber, red onion are drizzled in a tangy-sweet balsamic vinegar based vinaigrette.
A few of our fellow foodies went with the Seafood Cataplana. A generous pile of perfectly cooked Sable fish, prawns, calamari, mussels, clams, and spinach swam in a rich, aromatic tomato based seafood broth topped with melt in your mouth scallops. A few slices of toasted bread is useful for sopping up the seemingly simple, but complex savory broth. Yum!
Most of us shared dessert or went with their temptation/ taster size of their in house made desserts as we were pretty stuffed from dinner. Their temptation size turned out to be about half the size of their full sized portions -Enough of us ordered the same thing in both sizes we were able to compare. A few of us went with their Tiramisu. Sabor Divino's version was a bit more "cakey" – with a higher ratio of biscuits soaked in espresso coffee, baileys, coffee liqueur and frangelico to marscapone cream goo than most traditional versions. Pictured is the temptation size - the full sized ones had forkfuls dug out of them by the time I dug out the camera lol!
Overall, a delightful place for a special evening out, delicious food with a seafood focus… and amazing amazing lobster risotto. With a few service and execution issues that can be easily remedied, I’m already looking forward to the next time we drop in for an impromptu dinner… and that incredible lobster risotto. Did I mention Chef Lino’s lobster risotto is freaking fabulous? Makes me wish I worked closer downtown to be able to try the “Rebel Chef’s” daily lunch specials. Ah well, lobster risotto... you and me have a date!
Address #109, 10220-103 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 4A1
Hours Lunch Monday-Friday 11:30-2pm, Dinner Mon-Sat 5pm onwards, Closed Sundays
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