In Edify’s Super Delicious Food Review department, we’re always looking for new restaurants, especially ones that open on the city outskirts rather than Whyte Avenue or the downtown core and don’t receive as much coverage as a result. So as a regular LRT user heading home after an Oilers playoff game, and a huge spring roll lover, I was excited to see Spring Roll Kitchen open across from the Century Park Starbucks.
Turns out, I’m an idiot. Or at least not very observant.
“How long have you been here?” I asked the nice girl ringing up my order.
“Oh, since about 2011,” she said after a moment’s thought.
I don’t know what to say. Since then, I’ve taken the train many times, including a five-year stretch where I took it every single work day. I never went to the Starbucks, but still, it’s been right there this whole time, and the south side is not exactly overrun with tasty, locally owned Vietnamese restaurants (or maybe it is — please let us know!).
On to the meal. I ordered the Grilled Pork and Spring Rolls, which is a smoked-and-grilled pork chop with a slightly spicy honey pepper glaze, on rice with a small salad on the side. In a way, I’m not the best judge of spring rolls because I kind of like them all, even if they’re over-fried or not flavourful. But these were just short of being too crispy, full of flavour and bigger than most in the city (I of course ordered two extras). I also ordered the Special Noodle Soup with steak, brisket, fatty flank and meatballs swimming in a savoury broth that was good to the last drop.
In the end, I offer my apologies — to our readers and my tastebuds — for not reviewing Spring Roll Kitchen sooner. I can only hope you’ll both forgive me in time. But at least I found it now. And you should too.
2395 111 Street NW
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