My boyfriend and I planned on having a romantic night out to celebrate a big event for the two of us. We wanted to try somewhere Italian, and checked around on here a bit for a suitable location. The Edge Bistro had few reviews, but all seemed excellent. I looked it up and they'd won a few awards in the Georgia Straight, so that was my pick for sure!
I called and made reservations for 6:30pm. They called me back to confirm and were very polite. We ended up getting near there a lot sooner, so I called to bump up our reservation. There was no problem at all.
We arrived and were seated immediately. First of all, the decor is wonderful. There are two glass panes full of wine glasses surrounding the foyer, and it's cozy while not being cramped. Everything is spotless and the kitchen can be seen from the dining room. The kitchen was also spotless and looked to be very professionally run. I felt totally comfortable and happy in the seats we were given, and we were asked whether we wanted a seat by the window or in the darker and cozier back.
Our server was exceptionally friendly and helpful and gave us a spirited rundown of the specials. We decided on a bottle of the rose wine, from their EXTENSIVE wine list. We ordered the crab cake appetizer, I ordered the salmon crusted with Dijon mustard and pecans in a tangy tarragon, orange, and ginger sauce", and my boyfriend had the fish special which was a snapper filet in a porcini mushroom cream sauce topped with shrimp.
We were then brought a lovely amuse bouche of an artichoke heart topped with an olive and garnished with balsamic reduction and a flavourful sauce. Then we were brought the typical bread and balsamic vinegar/olive oil starter. But this was not typical bread. It was a delicate almost sweet homemade-tasting bread. We polished it off and were immediately offered more. We were then brought our crab cakes, and they were breathtaking. They were beautifully presented and on a bed of fresh beautiful spinach.
After we finished them off, our server was very fast about taking our empty plates away, and also about filling our wine unobtrusively and quickly.
Soon enough our food was there. Also, beautifully presented, with a side of prettily chopped up vegetables and a dollop of mashed potatoes.
The food was delicious, and we followed it up with dessert from the menu that the server had memorized.
After we finished, the server asked us how we found the wine, and what we liked about it. He seemed genuinely interested in our critique, and was so incredibly charming.
Overall, it was the best dining experience I have ever EVER had. We left a huge tip and were very pleased coming away. I cannot recommend this establishment enough! It's a tad out of the way, but well worth the detour!