Categories: Accommodations, Culinary
7 Reasons You’ve Got to Eat at Water’s Edge on the Charlottetown Waterfront
Charlottetown has been gaining a reputation nationally for its impressive culinary scene, thanks in no small part to the caliber of restaurants in the capital. One stand-out on the local dining scene is Water’s Edge Resto Bar & Grill.
Located in the Delta Prince Edward by Marriott, Water’s Edge has forgone the formal persona so often associated with hotel dining in favour of a casual, welcoming ambience that matches the easy-going vibes of the seaside capital. But make no mistake about it, the resto’s food and drinks are top notch...and that’s just one of many reasons you’ve got to eat at Water’s Edge, whether you’re a visitor to the city or a long-time local. Check out the top 7 reasons you should make a date with this waterfront restaurant when you’re in downtown Charlottetown.
1. Livin’ La Vida Local
Showcasing local ingredients and supporting producers from PEI and the Maritimes is always a priority at Water’s Edge Resto Bar & Grill. Their list of local suppliers includes local favourites such as Van Kampen’s Greenhouse, Glasgow Glen Cheese, Island Taylored Meats, MR Seafood, COWS Creamery, Charlottetown Farmers' Market, Atlantic Beef Products, plus many more small-scale and larger Island producers.
PEI Charcuterie Board | Photo Submitted by Water's Edge Resto Bar & Grill
And while local ingredients are prevalent in all their menu items, the nightly Market Feature offers Chef Justin Ford and his team the opportunity to go hog wild (or lamb wild or lobster wild, whatever the case may be), creating a new, imaginative dishes each evening. The Market Feature depends entirely on what’s available from local fishers and farmers that day, so you can be sure whatever is on feature - whether it be succulent lamb shanks, seared Acadian sturgeon, or teres major petite tender - is going to be hyper-local and as fresh as it gets.
2. There are NINE Red Seal Chefs on Staff
Is there really such a thing as too many cooks in the kitchen? Maybe so, but when it comes to Red Seal Chefs in the kitchen, we like the think ‘the more the merrier’. Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) Executive Chef Javier Alarco heads up a team of talented, creative Red Seal Chefs that also include Head Chef Justin Ford of Water’s Edge and Executive Sous Chef Candace Merkens, who also happens to be the Delta’s Pastry Chef and creates all of the hotel's desserts in-house.
Executive Chef Javier Alarco | Photo Credit: Heather Ogg
With this much talent under one roof, you know you’re in for a treat, whether you’re dining at Water’s Edge or enjoying a banquet dinner in one of the hotel’s ballrooms.
3. Lobster Eggs Benny for Breakfast ….
Fresh PEI lobster paired with the king of breakfast indulgences, eggs benny….need we say more? Serving breakfast from 630AM until 11AM, you’ve got plenty of time to fill your belly with Island-style eggs benny and other mouthwatering brekkie options.
Lobster Eggs Benedict | Photo Submitted by Water's Edge Resto Bar & Grill
4. Their Craft Cocktails Are To DIE For
Charlottetown has really come into its own in terms of its craft beer scene and for those craving a local brew, Water’s Edge offers 12 taps from breweries in the region...but enough about beer. Those in search of a sophisticated, yet approachable cocktail are in for a real treat.
Summer Thyme Cocktail | Photo Submitted by Water's Edge Resto Bar & Grill
The skilled bartenders on staff know their stuff when it comes to crafting a delicious cocktail - from dessert cocktails to beginner-friendly options to more unusual concoctions, there’s something on the menu for everyone! A favourite on the menu is the Six Feet Under cocktail, which was originally designed for a Funeral Services Association of Canada conference held at the hotel. It was a hit amongst the lively conference-goers and has proven equal appealing to the general public.
Raspberry Tom Collins | Photo Submitted by Water's Edge Resto Bar & Grill
In addition to crafty cocktails, there’s also a happy hour on Mondays and Tuesdays that the bartenders have fun creating new and enticing drink specials. And if you happen to visit during a Friday in the winter, you’ll also be wowed by the mad skills of Leo who struts his bartending magic during Flare Fridays.
Leo struts his stuff during Flare Fridays | Photo Submitted by Water's Edge Resto Bar & Grill
5. You Can Eat Al Fresco By the Water
Fresh air and salty water views - is there any better setting for a cold beverage and sea-inspired menu? We think not!
Brakish! Patio | Photo Submitted by Water's Edge Resto Bar & Grill
If you’re looking for a place to kick back and enjoy a few drinks or enjoy local flavours, head to Brakish!, the Delta’s seasonal eatery located at the backside of the hotel. You’ll find all the ingredients for a casual, memorable night of patio drinking and eating. And if an afternoon siesta sounds up your alley, take advantage of their weekday mussels at 50% off from 2pm to 4pm.
6. Live Local Music, the Perfect Accompaniment to Your Meal
Photo Credit: @Soxmerry via IG
Every Friday from 6PM- 9PM in the summer, Water’s Edge plays host to talented Island musicians who perform originals and covers. During the 2018 summer season, hotel and restaurant guests will also be treated to a local treasure - 11-year old fiddler and step dancer, Luka Hall, will be playing in the hotel lobby adjacent to the restaurant on select days from approximately 4pm – 5pm.
Meanwhile, over at Brakish there’s live music playing throughout the summer from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 6 to 9.
7. They Take Things to the Next Level
Photo Submitted by Water's Edge Resto Bar & Grill
From an edible lighthouse display to a Brak’ Yard with lawn games to the option to Dine on the Dunes, the culinary team at the Delta is always looking for new ways to surprise and delight their guests. They’re also keen to push themselves to the limit, regularly taking part in chef competitions and even creating in-house competitions to keep everyone on their toes! Recently at the National Culinary Federation Conference, Chef Justin Ford took home 3rd place in the Senior Culinary Challenge, while Executive Chef Javier Alarco was named PEI's Chic Chef of the Year in 2017 and represented PEI at the Garland Canada International Chef Challenge!