6. Carino Riserva

Carino Riserva takes home sixth place in the Best New category in the 13th Annual Best Restaurants Awards. Carino Riserva melds Japanese and Italian cuisines, and the result is dishes you won’t find anywhere else in Western Canada.

Duck breast skewers (yakitori), arugula orange salad, sliced smoked duck breast, pumpkin purée and honey chili gastrique.
photograph by jared sych 

The owners of Carino Bistro at the crest of Edmonton Trail have also brought us Carino Riserva in the old Antonio’s Garlic Clove space on 4th Street S.W. Chef Eisaku Kuboki loves to blur the lines between Japanese and Italian cuisines, offering up dishes you certainly won’t find anywhere else in the city – or in Western Canada, for that matter.

Spaghetti pescatore served in a shallow and robust dashi broth or the fried calamari with yuzu zest are just a couple of examples of how unique the fusion cuisine here can be. If you want to leave it all to Kuboki, do the chef’s tasting menu – at $70, it’s also a fantastic deal. Owner Toshi Karino draws on his former experience as the wine director for Teatro, offering up a well-thought-out wine list that complements the myriad of diverse dishes on the menu at this eclectic spot.

2206 4 St. S.W., 403-454-7668, carinoriserva.ca

Restaurants in the Best New Restaurants category opened by the end of summer 2015. It gave each restaurant time to find its groove and our judges time to eat there before the deadlines for our March issue. Other restaurants have opened since and they are on our radar for next year. 


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