|Visited On:||June 30, 2014|
|Gluten Free Menu:||No (most items on regular menu can be made gluten-free)|
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|Price Range:||$15-$25 per person, plus drinks, tax, and tip|
Last spring, we were sad to see Bedford favourite The Cellar close, but when their general manager teamed up with her family to open Resto Urban Dining in the same space, we were pretty excited. It’s been almost a year since Resto opened its doors so we decided it was time to finally pay them a visit.
Although we arrived at around 5 p.m. on a Friday, the place was in a bit of chaos due to a number of graduation events. (They also seemed somewhat understaffed.) We were disappointed that the much-lauded rooftop patio was completely booked but took a seat on the small front patio overlooking the Bedford Highway. To begin, I ordered a daiquiri ($7) and Michael ordered a red ale by Garrison
($5.50). A couple of notes on the food menu immediately grabbed my attention: all pizzas can be made gluten-free and you can substitute rice or quinoa pasta in any pasta dish. There is no upcharge for either item, which is really nice.
I asked our server about gluten-free options. Almost all of the menu is or can be made gluten-free, except for a few starters (the crab cake, seafood trio, and calamari). They also have a few gluten-free desserts, including a molten chocolate cake, ice cream, and crème brulée. I opted for the crab and quinoa crusted haddock with roast potatoes ($22), while Michael got a BBQ chicken pizza ($15).
Shortly after ordering, our server dropped off a bowl of warm pita bread. As he put a plate in front of me, I asked whether the bread was gluten-free. Of course, it wasn’t, but according to Michael it was delicious. (Gluten-free bread is available for $4, but we decided to skip the appetizers.)
Our meals arrived shortly after the bread fiasco. I’m not sure what size the gluten-free pizza comes in, but if it’s similar to the size of the regular pizza, it could easily feed two people especially if you had an appetizer to start. Michael appreciated the generous amount of chicken and said that the homemade barbeque sauce was delicious.
The crab and quinoa crusted haddock was excellent. The haddock itself was cooked perfectly, and the crab and quinoa topping made it very hearty. The potatoes were well flavoured and very crispy, and went well with the side of melted kale and roast carrots. Although this dish is a bit on the pricey side, it was well worth it.
I was really tempted to try the gluten-free molten lava cake for dessert, but we were running short on time (and feeling pretty full). It’s really nice to have a good quality restaurant in the neighbourhood that offers lots of different options, so I’m sure I’ll have a chance to check it out soon (perhaps on that famous rooftop patio!).
Resto Urban Dining
1516 Bedford Highway (Bedford)
Web Site: http://www.restourbandining.ca/