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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Review! The Kitchen Buffet & Bistro

Recently, I took my wife to the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton for the weekend to celebrate her birthday. Yes. I know I am an amazing and thoughtful husband but that is really not the point of this posting. What is the point is the review of one of the restaurants located within the resort...The Kitchen Buffet Bistro. Now I have never formally reviewed a restaurant before so bear with me.

We dined at The Kitchen Buffet Bistro three times that weekend (breakfast buffet was included with both nights of our visit). Twice for breakfast and once for dinner. I'll review these meals separately.

Breakfast: While I am not normally a guy who has a big breakfast everyday I could definitely get behind a spread like this. Omelets cooked how you like, eggs scrambled fresh, waffles cooked on demand,two kinds of bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, pastries, fresh baked muffins...its all there. Both my wife and I had more than our fair share and groaned our way back to the hotel room where we contemplated a nap. Try having them make your scrambled eggs with a big portion of the smoked salmon! Plain scrambled eggs will seem boring after those! I would definitely recommend the breakfast buffet for anyone visiting the hotel.

Dinner: We went on Saturday night which is the theme of "River Cree" for the buffet. Not exactly sure what that entails but the buffet menu highlights consisted of crab legs, mussels, shrimp and then....generous amounts of Chinese food?? Whatever...I ate lots. The mussels and shrimp were nice and fresh and I had no complaints here. One thing that was a disappointment was that the crab legs offered were very small and really not worth the time it took to pry the meat from the shells. They solved that problem by running out which is one way to deal with it. Luckily for me I am a bigger fan of mussels than I am of crab but if you had paid your money hoping to glut yourself on big crab legs you would definitely have a right to be choked. I look forward to trying the other themed buffets nights. (Wed nights...BBQ....drool....)

The service was excellent. We were never wanting for drink refills or to have empty plates taken away. The hostess cruised the dining room floor asking how you were and if there was anything they could do. Top notch.

The dining room itself it lovely and despite its size seemed comfortable and homey. I do however find it almost a touch over crowded. Almost as if there are about 5-6 tables to many on each side of the dining area. If you find yourself sitting in a booth you'd be fine but at a table you might find another patron hovering near the edge of your personal space.

So a couple minor complaints is all I could find wrong with The Kitchen Buffet Bistro. Not too bad in my books. Go and visit the River Cree Resort and try it out and tell me what you think!


Park Food Dude


  1. Sure dude, 2 kinds of bacon...that must come from some kind of magical animal...mmmmm bacon.

  2. Mark and I shot a wedding there last year and it was the BEST meal we have had at any wedding. Lots of BBQ items on the menu that day. Food was hot, presentation was classy - very enjoyable especially for a wedding buffet.