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Restaurant Information
Gourmet Emporium
1799 Wyandotte St. E Windsor, Ontario N8Y 1C9 View Larger Map
519.915.0813
Website & Menu
Cuisine: Tapas
Open: Mon: Closed; Tues-Sat: 16:00-02:00; Sun: 20:00-02:00.
Price: $$ (Moderate – $15-25 per meal)
Parking: Lot Behind Building
Reservations: Not Required
Specials: Seven Course Tasting Dinners for $25 or $40; 2-for-1 Tapas on Tuesday nights
Other: Latin Dance nights with lessons every Friday
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Taster Recommendation: A great atmosphere for drinks and dancing in Walkerville
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Review

Located in Walkerville, Gourmet Emporium is a tapas bar with a party atmosphere. Is there such thing as a Restoclub? If not, the Gourmet Emporium is pioneering that category. The bulk of the dining area lies upstairs overlooking the main floor space which is mostly dedicated to the large bar and dance floor. The restaurant’s decor– black and red hues with eclectic local art adorning the walls– offers a nightlife vibe even before sunset.

Gourmet Emporium is a great place for a drink and dancing but it doesn’t quite live up to our standards of ‘gourmet’. We sampled the heavily-advertised $25 seven-course tasting menu which was inconsistent and mostly mediocre, though the main entree, a blackened chicken breast, was a perfectly cooked and juicy. (Chicken breast can actually be juicy? Well, fancy that!)

The Gourmet Emporium is more nightclub than restaurant so head with a group of friends for drinks and maybe a few tapas dishes when you get hungry from all the dancing.

Diner’s Favourites:

Blackened Chicken Pasta with Marinara – You’ll rarely eat chicken that is as perfectly cooked as this. Bonus, it comes with a huge portion of pasta.

Diner’s Thoughts:

Taster Girl

Of our seven course tasting menu I only really liked the blackened chicken and goat chese amuse bouche, which tasted quite good even if it was far too big for even my large bouche. All the other dishes missed the mark in either execution or ingredient quality. The samosas were mushy, the “crispy” potatoes were soft, and the chocolate sauce draped over the cheesecake had a weird aftertaste.

I wasn’t all that impressed by my meal, but the atmosphere isn’t bad, so when I come back it’ll be for drinks.

The Vegetarian The samosas managed to be piping hot but also soggy. They had to have been microwaved. When the pasta alfredo came out I thought, Well, this doesn’t look that great but it actually tasted much better than I was anticipating.

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  • Menu
  • Goat Cheese Amuse Bouche
  • Caprese
  • Patata Bravas
  • Samosas
  • Vegetable Alfredo
  • Blackened Chicken Pasta
  • Cheesecake


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