Bodega Highlands: A Perfect Fit

Residents of Highlands are breathing a sigh of relief now that Christian Mena and Lino Oliveira have set up shop at 6509 – 112  Avenue. Everyone is hoping that the successful Sabor team is here to stay. I think there is little to worry about; it seems this space has been waiting just for them.

The duo offers more Portuguese and Spanish fare in the form of shareable plates because, really,  why mess with a good thing?

The room has been tastefully renovated. It is warm and classy with masculine touches of wood and brick.  Large paintings with splashes of red suffuse the room with mediterranean sensuality.  A leg of Iberico ham hangs by the bar and the scent of garlic and lemon hang in the air. It is very comfortable here.

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There were no missteps the night I visited; service was exceptional, and the food as wonderful as I hoped.

Listen to my CBC Edmonton AM restaurant review here, or click on the link to the web article, but first, feast your eyes:

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L: Grilled baby artichokes R: Crimini mushrooms in sherry with poached egg
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Roasted pork belly with quince and balsamic reduction
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Grilled calamari with spicy lemon and tomato
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Tomato and queijo fresco salad
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Roasted eggplant montadito
Port cherry cheesecake and creme Catalana
Port cherry cheesecake and creme Catalana