Cactus Club Cafe – Edmonton, AB (Canada)

Another meal with J in Edmonton! We wanted to hang out in the mall after lunch and one of the dining options next to West Edmonton mall is the Cactus Club. Apparently, since Cactus Club opened up in Edmonton from BC, it has been a huge hit. We went on a Tuesday lunch and the place was packed!

Menu is fairly extensive, with a nice array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, steaks, chicken dishes and desserts.

We ordered:

Beef Carpaccio $14.50

Peppercorn crusted Canadian tenderloin, dijon aioli, pickled shallots, capers, grana padano and crostini

Bland… the peppercorn crusted tenderloin was bland and was still frozen. It was not very appetizing having ice cold slices of freezer smelling frozen meat on the plant. It needed more of something, the dijon aioli and capers definitely helped. The crostini doesn’t help much since it is really hard and crunchy and hard to eat.
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Tuna Tataki $14.50

Seared Albacore tuna, green papaya slaw, orange, avocado, pine nuts and yuzu vinaigrette

Pretty good tataki. I don’t usually care for tuna tataki but this was pretty good. I really enjoyed the mixed sweet slaw and tangy citrusy vinaigrette. The tuna was nice and firm with an even sear.
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Crispy Dry Ribs $10.50

Dry ribs tossed with sea salt, cracked pepper

Another good one. One can never go wrong with dry ribs. Crispy addictive goodness.
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Rocket Salad $17

Panko and Parmesan breaded chicken, baby arugula, vine ripened tomatoes, cucumber and lemon caper dressing.

Honestly, I was not too sure I would enjoy this but I did. Especially the tender, moist panko parmesan crusted chicken that was salty but oh so good! It went well with the tangy salad. I did find the salad a little overdressed.
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BBQ Duck Clubhouse $17.50, upgrade to yam fries $1.75

Peking duck, roasted chicken, San Daniele prosciutto, pecan fruit bread with yam fries.

Another dish I was skeptical about and this time I was right. This dish did not deliver.. the peking duck was a sad imitation and was dry shreds of duck breast, tough dry salty prosciutto and chunks of chicken. Nothing about the dish worked out and there was no aioli of any kind but sweet hoisin sauce that coated the meats. The bread was dry and crusty. Nothing worked. I did enjoy the yam fries~
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Caramel Chocolate Trio $8

Chocolate mousse, crunchy sponge toffee and warm caramel foam

The chocolate mousse was lost in the warm caramel foam, which was like a overly sweetened melted warm milkshake. A dessert that was highly recommended by the server but fell flat. We had one cup and that was more than enough.
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Chocolate Lava Cake $8

Molten dark chocolate cake with Tahitian vanilla ice cream

Another disappointing dessert. The molten chocolate cake was not molten in the least bit. It was just a plain chocolate cake served with plain vanilla ice cream. Didn’t finish this either.

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Total Damage: $122 (including tax & tip)

Personal Rating: 3 out of 5 (Good)

I was never a huge fan of Cactus Club back when we lived in Vancouver. But why not give it another shot in a different city? I didn’t hate anything but it was just overpriced fusion dishes that did not all work. They have everything from asian style dishes, to pastas, steaks and all. It seems like the menu has evolved over the years tho. For the most part the food was decent and some were quite tasty. I still find the prices exorbitant for what you get, especially the inconsistencies with the dishes.

Service was great though. From the moment we sat, ordered till we left – our server was there when we needed her and did her check backs regularly enough.

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Cactus Club Cafe

8882 107th Street NW
Unit 1946
Edmonton, AB
T5T 3J7

(780) 489 1002

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