Wild Orchid Bistro and their gluten free options - Canmore, AB

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We always love it when our readers write in a review for us.  Here is a guest blog post by Cassie from a visit she had to Wild Orchid Bistro in Canmore

If nothing else, I would have given this place 5 stars due to the fact that the menu is 100% Gluten Free. As a celiac, this is basically impossible to find so it was a major treat to know that ANYTHING I ordered was going to be safe to eat.

We started with the Scallop Tempura which was pretty good. Maybe not worth the $12 however keeping in mind that I never get to eat that stuff, I wasn't too picky to pay the higher price. For someone like my husband, without food allergies, this was a little steep for what you get. It was cooked nicely though!For the main, we ordered 4 different rolls. (*Keep in mind they did not offer RAW fish sushi)

  1. Crunchy Salmon Roll - Odd texture with the crunchiness but surprisingly delicious! The salmon is slightly cooked but honestly, I think that made it better, bringing out the flavour. Really loved this one - very fusion!!  ;)
  2. Caterpillar Roll - Very yummy roll with a mild flavour. Especially loved the fresh avocado covering the rolls. 
  3. Atlantic Lobster Roll - If I had to rate between the other rolls, this was probably my least favorite (however still good) due to the cold shredded veggies with the lobster. Flavours didn't combine good enough to make a fantastic flavour though. 
  4. Dynamite Roll - LOVED this one. I can almost never eat Tempura but this tasted sooo good and even my husband (again, no food allergies) felt this tasted like something 'normal' and really like it. Flavours were really nice!

For dessert, I ordered the Coconut Creme Brulee, which I was elated to order because it was also Dairy Free! It tasted really good but I will say that I was a little disappointed because they didn't have the crunchy sugar top (which to me, is a MUST with creme brulee). It was mostly like pudding with some toasted coconut on top. Still tasted good, but not for $8 honestly. Presentation was very well done but price was too steep.

Husband ordered Sticky Toffee Pudding which was good too. For 'health conscious' people, this was great as the menu even says something about being less sweet and a healthier option. I mean, it's still a cake dessert with syrup and ice cream but I think it's just made with 'less sugar' than normal.

Atmosphere was nice, server was good. I would say it was a win for me as a Celiac. Just keep in mind, it is a little more pricey and it is a FUSION restaurant so it's not the classic raw fish sushi type of place.

Only 4 stars due to the price and minor taste dislikes.

I'd recommend giving it a try!

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