Last time you ordered a Blizzard from Dairy Queen, you might have asked for Oreo. Maybe Smarties? Rolo? Definitely not lobster. Few places serve the expensive crustacean in dessert form, but The Makk on 124 in the old d’Lish space, bucks the norm, serving up an extensive ice cream list with lobster, yam and cassis garnering the most raised eyebrows from our table.
My dinner companions order the lobster without hesitation. But they do hover slightly over the second bite, considering for a moment the surprising sweetness; there’s no fishiness, but a flavour someone says is close to that of Froot Loops. Odd, but still very tasty. While the dessert menu is arguably the most interesting at The Makk on 124, the dishes that precede it are diverse but classic with several gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
For a flavourful starter, try the smoked salmon appetizer. Thick sheets of smoked salmon top two crispy potato pancake medallions. Red onion ribbons and a scattering of capers add an extra burst of flavour to the dish, while the salty salmon contrasts nicely with a bed of slightly bitter greens.
If you’d like a gluten-free or vegan dish (or both), the pad Thai is a generous portion of soft rice noodles, crunchy bean sprouts, carrots, tofu and made-in-house peanut sauce. You can also add chicken to the dish. Meanwhile, the steak sandwich is a thick AAA Alberta sirloin decorated with a dollop of garlic herb butter, sitting open faced on brioche, next to a pile of roasted potatoes.
The Makk on 124 is not ideal for a quick work lunch, but when you have the time, something’s bound to grab your attention, even if it’s not dessert. (10418 124 St. 780-705-3710)