Chorney-Sales space: Edmonton’s Padmanadi sends its pan-Asian vegan fare down the freeway to Calgary

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All rivalries apart, Edmonton has some unbelievable eating places. Similar to down right here in Calgary, the town is stuffed with hometown heroes that make it value heading up the QEII for the only real objective of consuming. Edmonton and Calgary restaurateurs are beginning to combine and mingle as of late, with a few of our beloved manufacturers migrating north and vice versa. All of this cross-pollination might intervene with these street journeys however is making for some thrilling openings in each cities.

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One acquainted Edmonton title to lately land in Calgary is Padmanadi, a family-owned vegan restaurant that’s been serving Edmontonians pleasant pan-Asian dishes for the previous 20 years. The restaurant was based when Kasim Kasim and his household immigrated to Alberta from Indonesia on a visa that required them to begin their very own enterprise upon arrival. The Kasim household already had a collection of eating places in Jakarta, so opening in Canada appeared like a pure selection.

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From left: Helvin Nyoliman, Maya and Adam Richmond of the Padmanadi Vegan Eatery in Calgary. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Photograph by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia

The household quietly opened the unique Padmanadi in Edmonton’s Chinatown to a comparatively sluggish begin however, finally, a glowing restaurant evaluate turned diners on to the flavourful vegan meals that awaited inside. Padmanadi moved its flagship restaurant to a bigger house downtown, with a small takeout-focused location opening on the south aspect in 2019.

The household’s two daughters at the moment are nicely into maturity and considered one of them, Maya Richmond, set her sights on increasing to Calgary. In mid-September, Richmond and her husband Adam opened Calgary’s first Padmanadi on Macleod Path close to Heritage Drive. It’s a clear and modern-looking 67-seat room, embellished within the model’s signature pink and inexperienced colors. The concept is to evoke a way of freshness that matches the restaurant’s famend meals.

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The Padmanadi Vegan Eatery in Calgary. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Photograph by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia

About that meals: Padmanadi’s menu adheres to Buddhist eating ideas, which embrace avoiding meat and animal by-products in addition to pungent greens corresponding to onions and garlic. This additionally makes the meals appropriate for kosher and halal diets – the cooks can’t by chance slip pork broth or different no-go substances right into a dish if there isn’t any within the kitchen – however the flavours at Padmanadi will enchantment to many diners, no matter dietary restrictions. Whereas Richmond’s household is from Indonesia, the menu is a cross-section of Asian dishes that simply occur to be meat-free.

“We serve plant-based meals. That is the meals that we prefer to eat,” she says. “That has develop into part of our success. French fries are technically vegan, however I’ll by no means serve them, as a result of that’s not us. I don’t serve couscous as a substitute of rice or noodles as a result of that’s simply not us.”

The Satay with Peanut Sauce at Padmanadi Vegan Eatery. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Photograph by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia

A few of Padmanadi’s dishes are naturally vegan as a result of they’re vegetable-based, whereas others just like the bestselling ginger beef ($21) and candy and bitter rooster ($19) make use of plant-based meat alternate options. The menu is lengthy and assorted, with different favourites like string beans in a spicy coconut sauce ($19), deep-fried tofu with oyster mushrooms ($18), and a collection of rice and noodle dishes like Nasi Goreng ($18) and lemongrass vermicelli ($18). Every little thing is made in-house – the garlic and onion restriction signifies that Padmanadi makes all of its sauces from scratch, which additionally occurs to style higher.

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Calgary’s Padmanadi location is at #110 8835 Macleod Path S.W. and is open Tuesday by Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant will be contacted at 403-300-2270 or by

Ginger Beef at Padmanadi Vegan Eatery. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Photograph by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia


In different restaurant information, Chipotle Mexican Grill, the famed American fast service favorite, will lastly be bringing its signature tacos, burritos, and burrito bowls to Calgary this coming week. Alberta’s first Chipotle will likely be situated at 2791 thirty second Ave N.E., formally opening its doorways on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Why does Chipotle have such a cult-like following? Folks appear to love the contemporary high quality of the model’s choices and flavour of the condiments and sauces, with the guacamole being a specific fan favorite. Will it’s extra common than different chain rivals like Mucho Burrito and Quesada? Solely time will inform.

Additionally new in Calgary: Calgary Co-Op members now have some added tech to assist them of their grocery experiences. The shop lately launched a brand new telephone app to assist members discover unique financial savings, together with video games which will lead to prizes or reductions, alternatives to earn bonus money, in addition to a buying listing function to assist streamline journeys to the shop. The brand new app is out there by the Apple App Retailer and Google Play.

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Lastly, Prairie Grid, the eating collection that impressed the lately launched Prairie cookbook, is returning to Carter Cadillac for its annual collaborative dinner. This 12 months’s dinner is guided by the theme “Whimsical by Nature” and can function dishes and drinks from Kelly Klebaum of Fireplace restaurant in Saskatoon, Milpa’s Elia Herrera and V Burger’s Andrea Harling (each situated in Calgary), Emily Butcher of Nola in Winnipeg and Peter Keith from Meuwly’s in Edmonton, all working with signature Prairie substances. All of it takes place on Oct. 21 and tickets can be found by Eventbrite. The menu may even host a day Prairie Grid market from 10 a.m. to five p.m. with a number of native distributors.

Elizabeth Chorney-Sales space will be reached at [email protected]. Observe her on Instagram at @elizabooth.

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