A friend of ours chose to have his wedding ceremony and reception at Sabor Divino in downtown Edmonton this winter. We were not entirely sure what to except for this late-afternoon Sunday wedding event. However, knowing my friend, it was absolutely no surprise that the wedding was perfect.
I know I said that this blog is all about food, but I wanted to tell you a little bit about this restaurant as a wedding venue as well. We seem to be in that age group where we are going to weddings constantly, sometimes back-to-back-to-back weekends. But this was the first wedding we have attended that was exclusively in a restaurant!
The restaurant portion upstairs was re-arranged to set up chairs and an aisle for the beautiful bride to walk down. It was intimate and cozy, especially with the wood beams and pillars. The small, lower level bar area was used to serve coffee/tea/hot chocolate before the ceremony to warm everyone up from the cold. It then served as a cocktail area for after the ceremony.
Following the ceremony, the staff quickly converted the upstairs into 9 (I think) tables plus a head table for the bride and groom, a cake/cupcake table, and a dance floor! It was a relatively small and intimate wedding - I would guess no more than 45ish attendees. So, onto the food!
We started with a salad of mixed greens and tomatoes. It was fine, if slightly overdressed and lacking any sort of texture. The main course was a choice of beef, chicken, or salad. We had the chicken and beef. The chicken was perfectly cooked and juicy, well seasoned in a mustard sauce. The beef was a good temperature, perhaps slightly closer to medium than medium rare. I found the beef could have used a pinch or two of salt. However, the cheesecake we had for dessert was so light and creamy and smooth that it made up for any shortcomings in the previous two courses!
The staff were fantastic and kept the courses moving, everything was served hot from the kitchen, and wine glasses stayed filled. So if you are looking for an interesting and intimate venue for a smaller wedding with good food, check out Sabor Divino! I look forward to trying their regular restaurant menu and tapas bar soon. The food may not have been the star of the show that night, but who can compete with such a perfect happy couple anyway!
10220-103 St. Edmonton