2010 Reviews

Alycia’s

(Editor’s Note – This business is no longer open.)

In our plugged-in world that values advanced technologies and continuous status updates, the steadfast popularity of Alycia’s Ukrainian food is remarkable. Apart from growing in size from the original 20 seats in 1977 to 120 over the years, this humble North End eatery has remained unchanged.

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Asoyama

What started out as a sushi take-out spot on Academy in 2008 has since exploded to include two restaurants for local chain Asoyama. In Japanese, the name has a special meaning: “Aso” refers to Japan’s largest active volcano while “Yama” means mountain. With one of the largest calderas in the world, a visit to the towering peaks of Mount Aso is big, bold and beautiful. It’s also parallel to the dining experience offered at Asoyama’s Linden Ridge Mall location.

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Bangkok Thai

It’s a sad truth. A trip to Thailand will colour your tastes for the exquisite South Asian cuisine—with its bold yet ingeniously harmonized flavours of chile, garlic, lime and coconut—for the rest of your life.

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Boon Burger Cafe

The recent launch of Boon Burger Café means Winnipeg is first in the nation to have its own all-vegetarian burger joint. Since opening in June, this West End cafe, and its nine gourmet veggie burgers, has become a favourite amongst vegans and meat lovers alike.

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Brit Cafe

(Editor’s Note – This business is no longer open.)

The smell of malt vinegar hangs in the air, just like you would find at a fish ‘n’ chippery overseas, at Brit Cafe. This jolly good eatery in St. James is Canada’s “Best British Restaurant” according to an online contest held by British newspaper the Daily Telegraph this year.

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Burrito del Rio

Mexican cuisine has always been a small segment of Winnipeg’s diverse dining scene. Two years ago though, things began to change. The feisty flavours from way down south blazed a trail into the city with restaurants opening like Don Pedro’s Authentic Mexican Grill and Casa Burrito.

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Cafe La Scala

A cook-in-training watches as Chef Perry Scaletta teaches the finer points of setting the perfect table. All cutlery must be perfectly aligned with their counterparts across the table; wine glasses must be placed above and slightly to the right of the knife; and table linens must be ripple-free.

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Chave D’Ouro

(Editor’s Note – This business is no longer open.)

The Fernandes family—Estela, Armando and daughter Sandra—have been cooking and serving high-quality, traditional, Portuguese food for more than 18 years at Chave D’Ouro (or “golden key.) Originally located on Sargent Avenue, the restaurant reopened in July 2009 after a three-year hiatus, moving into a vibrant yellow building on Ellice Avenue and Wall Street.

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Colesseo

The menu at Colosseo has stayed pretty much the same since 1973—before many of Winnipeg’s Little Italy patrons were even born. It has outlasted dozens of other Italian eateries on Corydon strip, as Winnipeggers looking for a cozy, unpretentious place regularly return to enjoy classic Italian food.

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Dandelion Deli

(Editor’s Note – This business is no longer open.)

While the name and decor of Organza Market’s in-house restaurant has changed, the dedication to fresh, organic and local ingredients and from-scratch cooking is still at the heart of Dandelion Deli’s food philosophy.

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Dim Sum Garden

The hustle and bustle of servers. The clatter of metal trolleys. The aromas of ginger, garlic, seafood and meat. This vibrant sensory experience is all part of Dim Sum Garden’s charm.

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Hu’s Asian Bistro

(Editor’s Note – This business is no longer open.)

Steps away from the cracked, concrete jungle of the Polo Park district now lies a little piece of serenity conjured up through the magic of good design.

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J.Fox’s

(Editor’s Note – This business is no longer open.)

Dubbed one of the decade’s top culinary trends, gastropubs have been popping up all over North America offering sophisticated pub grub and a wide selection of brews all under the same roof. One of the city’s best is J. Fox’s Restaurant and Local, located on the sophisticated Academy strip in River Heights.

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Kawaii Crêpe

In a neighbourhood whose reputation is built on many “firsts,” Osborne Village now boasts the city’s inaugural Japanese-style crêpe joint. Kawaii Crepe is winning the hearts of young and old alike as it introduces Japanese street food to the heart of the continent.

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La Bamba

It’s reasonable to assume, with plane loads of people jetting off between November and March each year, that appetites for Mexican cuisine would be piqued in this winter city.

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Le Garage Café

Garages and good food are not two things that you would normally hear in the same sentence, unless, of course, you’re talking about the cozy French eatery, Le Garage. Nestled in the heart of Winnipeg’s French Quarter, Le Garage is named after the fact that the restaurant was built by renovating a former bus garage.

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Mise Bistro and Lounge

(Editor’s Note – This business is no longer open.)

A vast menu with a multitude of dishes can intimidate anyone. Now try wrapping your head and your appetite around 35,000 possible combinations. That’s the number of options available on Mise Bistro and Lounge’s three-course, create-it-yourself, $35 prix fixe dinner.

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Naru Sushi

When curry mingles with tempura, and sushi is topped with buttery shrimp scampi, you’ve entered Japanese fusion food territory, which is the specialty at Naru Sushi. Nestled in the centre of Osborne Village, this 50-seat mod Japanese joint was opened in November, 2008.

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Urban Eats: Diners

Were the serviettes at your last meal made of: A) linen and folded just so; or B) paper and packed tightly in a metal dispenser? Don’t feel guilty if you chose B because classic diners are in the midst of a renaissance.

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Rae & Jerry’s

In a world where regional cuisine converts, television gastronomy and kitchen alchemists rule the food and restaurant scene, Rae & Jerry’s is unabashedly all about the carnivore, plain and simple.

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Sa’aadai Kheyr

Somali cuisine is relatively unknown to Winnipeggers. But thanks to recent immigration from this East African country, locals can now experience its rich, intricate flavours at Sa’aadal Kheyr—the city’s only Somali restaurant.

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Samurai

With Japanese restaurants sprouting up in almost every neighbourhood strip mall, it can be tricky to discern the best of the bunch. Downtown newcomer Samurai Japanese Restaurant has an edge the field with its picture-perfect presentation, a serene atmosphere and inspired dishes.

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Segovia

While tapas is not unheard of on local menus, Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant is the city’s only exclusively tapas restaurant. That singular vision serves the Osborne Village hot spot well, as diners line up each night for a coveted table. For the uninitiated: Spanish tapas—small plates of either hot or cold dishes—are designed for sharing.

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Sydney’s

Blink and you might miss them. Two tiny salt and pepper shakers sit inconspicuously at the edge of the crisp, cream linens that decorate the dining tables at Sydney’s, the city’s premiere table d’hôte experience. When we politely refused ground pepper, our polished server smiled and said he wanted all diners to trust the chef—a nod of confidence in chef/owner Michael Schafer.

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Terrace Fifty-five

Housed in the Assiniboine Park pavilion, fine dining destination Terrace Fifty-Five looks out onto picturesque lawns stretching in all directions. The location’s stunning tableside views have attracted the city’s movers and shakers for years. Wow! Hospitality Concepts took over the venue in 2008 (former home to Tavern in the Park) and hired Chef John Scarcella, a veteran Wow! chef of Pasta La Vista, to create a contemporary seasonal menu focusing on Canadian seafood and regional ingredients.

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