It is possible to get a table at RGD RD.
Sure, if you are hoping for a 7 p.m. reservation on a Friday night you may need to book ahead, but if you open to some late night eats or a spot at the bar then a taste of RGD RD is within reach.
The Spaniard and I recently took a class at Get Cooking Edmonton with Chef David Leeder, who is currently in the kitchen at RGD RD. I mentioned I was wanting to come in again, but heard reservations were hard to come by since Chef Blair Lebsack and Caitlin Fulton’s restaurant had been named one of Enroute’s 2014 Best New Restaurants in Canada annual listing.
He corrected me – options for spontaneous eaters are available. I learned RGD RD has one table and four seats at the bar that are always available for walk-ins.
While the traditional Canadian dinner time is often booked up, late night dinner options are available. That Saturday I could get a table for four at 10:15 p.m.
Since I was going for dinner with two Spaniards and an Argentine, a 10:15 p.m. dinner time would have them feeling like they were right at home.
When we arrived, Chef Leeder greeted our table with amuse bouche for the evening. I love the surprise of trying the welcome gift of a kitchen; the dish featuring head cheese was my favourite bite of the night.
The asparagus salad featured edible flowers and lemon curd!
Eugenia stuck to your Argentine roots and ordered a steak
A special that evening – halibut on pureed potatoes and topped with crispy potatoes.
The Spaniard was kind enough to forego gluten so we could share two dishes.
So of course we tried to Nature’s Green Acres Pig Roast.
Jose Miguel went for the bison.
And everyone patiently waited so I could take photos.
Dinner is so much better when it comes with special accompanying pots of sauce.
The Spaniard and I shared the maple verrine – a very satisfying end to our RGD RD trip.
Now that I know I can score a table without booking weeks in advance, I’m already looking forward to my next late night visit.
RGD RD – untamed cuisine
10643 – 123 Street