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Chef Mridul’s culinary journey dining series at the Harvest Room

Last month, I joined a new dining series aimed at taking diners on a culinary journey around the world. Chef Mridul Bhatt joined the  Fairmont Hotel MacDonald culinary team last summer, and the Indian born and raised chef is eager to bring some international flavour to the Hotel Mac’s Harvest Room.

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Sadly, I missed his first two destinations – India and Spain – but managed to get my culinary passports stamped with his latest Italian dinner over the Easter weekend.

I felt $75 for the dinner was an excellent value for our five-course Italian dinner, and of course the service in the Harvest Room was impeccable. Chef Mridul and this team happily accommodated my gluten-free needs, but I did have a moment of envy while dining with the Spaniard and our friend Jose-Mi. While I did enjoy my gluten-free spaghetti with truffle, sunchoke, egg yolk and pecorino, I know I was missed out on the the hand-made parpadelle from the pasta course the boys raved about.

Antipasto course – olives, focaccia, Parma ham, burrata, and peppers

Piadina – seared ahi tuna, arugula pesto, pistachio, lemon

Piadina – (served gluten free) seared ahi tuna, arugula pesto, pistachio, lemon

my gluten free pasta course served with truffle, sunchoke, egg yolk, and pecorino cheese.

Parpadelle -truffle, sunchoke, egg yolk, pecorino cheese.

Beef tenderloin served perfectly pink with olive oil and parmesan mash, porcini, espresso

Castagnaccio – chocolate, chestnut, fig, and anise gelato

I think the Hotel Mac’s international culinary dining series is a great addition to the Edmonton dining scene and an opportunity to make some tasty #macmemories. The next destination Chef Mridul and his team will be taking diners to is Ukraine on May 25th.

My adorable dining partners for the Italian Dinner at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald – Jose Mi and The Spaniard

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