Randy Reynolds – Beaujena’s French Table

Trust the Chef Chef Randy Reynolds’ surprise menus excite the adventurous and push cautious diners out of their culinary comfort zone. By Carly Peters Chef Randy Reynolds sets down a plate on which pink smoked salmon is neatly stacked as a square tart, just warm enough to be offset by a smear of cool, fresh […]

Ciao! Cooks Inventive Pastas

Uncommon twists on an everyday meal. A piping hot bowl of noodles can’t be beaten on a cold, blustery night. Pasta provides an endless set of possibilities for layering flavours. Tomato sauces from the jar can be fine in a pinch, but let’s be honest, it barely beats ripping into a box of orange stuff […]

Penne Campagnola

Chef Giacomo Appice Tre Visi Cafe Chef “Jack” is a traditionalist at heart who appreciates the perfection of the classic Italian “mother dishes”. Spaghetti  puttanesca, like its original intent, is seductive with its aromas, and excites the palate with its briny boldness. This is also a great trick dish when only pantry staples are around. […]

Chinese Black Bean Vermicelli

Chinese Black Bean Vermicelli Equal parts tamarind, miso and hoisin are used for this recipe. INGREDIENTS 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp sesame oil 1 1/2 tsp garlic, crushed 1 tsp ginger, crushed 1 1/2 Tbsp Chinese black beans 1 1/2 Tbsp tamarind, miso, hoisin mixture 1/2 cup demi-glace 1 oz white wine pinch each […]

Restaurant Reviews February-March 2019 Yafa Cafe

Yafa Cafe Neighbourhood: St James Address: 1785 Portage Ave Phone: 204-221-1636 Entrées: $10-$18 People of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and other Arab nations have been trading spices and perfecting recipes for more than 2,000 years, but closer to home, increased cravings for quick, healthy and inspired food options have made Middle Eastern fast-casual eateries like Yafa Café ever more popular. […]

Restaurant Reviews February-March 2019 Nick’s on Broadway

Nick’s on Broadway Neighbourhood: Downtown Address: 287 Broadway Phone: 204-615-2872 Entrées: $9-$14 There is more than meets the eye at Nick’s on Broadway, where chef/owner Nick Graumann has been slinging sandwiches and satisfying the busy lunch crowd since 2015. From first bite, it’s obvious that this is the place for sandwich snobs: this kitchen is obsessed with the details. […]

Restaurant Reviews February-March 2019 Kevin’s Bistro

Kevin’s Bistro Neighbourhood: Exchange Address: 141 Bannatyne Ave Phone: 204-221-5028 Entrées: $12-$23 Since opening its first location in 1999, Stella’s has been a Winnipeg mainstay thanks to its hearty breakfasts and health-meets-comfort menu. Now, its new sister restaurant Kevin’s Bistro is taking up this mantle with a tighter focus: mac and cheese. Most of the menu at this cozy […]

Restaurant Reviews February-March 2019 Circle Kitchen

Circle Kitchen Neighbourhood: Corydon Address: 1-709 Corydon Ave Entrées: $6-$13 The quest for eating the best of everything naturally attracts us to the hottest, newest, most creative kitchens in the city, motivating us to be open minded to trying the next new thing.  While eating vegetables is hardly a new idea, shifting diets toward plant-based foods is gaining […]

Restaurant Reviews February-March 2019 Red Ember Common

Red Ember Common Neighbourhood: The Forks Address: 1 Forks Market Rd Phone: 204-504-8998 Entrées: $14-$16 Hailing from a European tradition and quickly gaining popularity in Canadian cities, food halls are a unique dining experience that merges the convenience of a food court with the upscale, artisanal quality of a local farmers’ market. Already thriving in the food truck scene with […]

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  New Restaurant Reviews Red Ember Common Hailing from a European tradition and quickly gaining popularity in Canadian cities, food halls are a unique dining experience that merges the convenience of a food court with the upscale, artisanal quality of a local farmers’ market. Read more…  Circle Kitchen TThe quest for eating the best of […]

Restaurant Reviews Dec-Jan 2018 The Oxbow

The Oxbow Neighbourhood: South Osborne Address: 557 Osborne St Phone: 204-691-5373 Entrées: $8-$34 Residential South Osborne, with its walkable strip of storefronts, has always held some gems, but now the neighbourhood may be hitting a trendy tipping point. Recently added to the mix of hip restos and shops is Oxbow. Wine bar vibes and beautiful, […]

Restaurant Reviews Dec-Jan 2018 Little Goat

Little Goat Neighbourhood: St James Address: 2615 Portage Ave Phone: 204-254-4628 Entrées: $21-$29 Once upon a time, French food meant candlelight, starched table linens, and a maître d’ in tails. But times have changed. Now, chefs are looking beyond Paris’ Michelin-starred kitchens and finding inspiration in the rustic flavours hiding beneath the lid of grandmere’s […]

Restaurant Reviews Dec-Jan 2018 Cho Ichi Ramen

Cho Ichi Ramen Neighbourhood: Fort Garry Address: 1551 Pembina Hwy Phone: 204-615-8832 Entrées: $13-$15 In Japan, alongside fish and rice, the noodle that rules is ramen. An explosively flavourful bowl of messy calorie laden noodles is the signature staple of the masses. Ramen rules, and for the last 100 years or so it’s been eaten […]

Restaurant Reviews Dec-Jan 2018 Black Bird Brasserie

Black Bird Brasserie Neighbourhood: St Boniface Address: 101-300 Tache Ave Phone: 204-505-0760 Entrées: $17-$24 Like pubs, tasques, or biergartens, the brasseries of France are informal restaurants that draw locals in with simple, hearty food. An ocean away, in our prairie province, the newly opened The Black Bird Brasserie is doing a first-rate job at living […]

Restaurant Reviews Dec-Jan 2018 Passero

Passero Neighbourhood: The Forks Address: 147-1 Forks Market Phone: 204-219-7300 Entrées: $14-$25 Food halls have surged in popularity the world over. Like their cousins, mall food courts, they offer an abundance of casual eats in convivial settings, with the added bonus of local ownership and chef-crafted menus. In this city, the Forks Common answers this […]

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Inferno’s Bistro_18

Inferno’s Bistro  Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 312 Des Meurons St, 204-262-7400 $18 Lunch  Appetizer Soup du jour   Entrées Pork schnitzel with apple, walnut salad, and black vinegar aioli – or – Braised beef brisket topped with gribiche sauce, braised cabbage, and fried pickled jalapeños Dessert Maple brioche bread pudding with cranberries, pecans, and crème […]

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Fusion Grill

Fusion Grill Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 550 Academy Rd, 204-489-6963 $38 Appetizer Crisply fried duck tenders, Concord grape, mustard preparation – or – Braised wild boar shank, zhoug, Napa pear salad – or – Soup of Tomorrow (announced nightly)   Entrées Jambalaya with braised elk, northern pike, smoked housemade chicken chorizo, tomato, Scotch bonnet pepper, arborio rice […]

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Nicolino’s_38

Nicolino’s Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 4-2077 Pembina Hwy, 204-269-5004 $38 Appetizer Breaded and fried calamari and prawns with roasted red pepper lime mayonnaise   Entrée 6oz Strip loin with caramelized shallot demi and rosemary smashed potatoes   Dessert Carrot cake           www.nicolinosrestaurant.com    

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Nicolino’s_28

Nicolino’s Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 4-2077 Pembina Hwy, 204-269-5004 $28 Appetizer Bruschetta Pomodoro on artisan bread with basil   Entrée Butternut squash and zucchini risotto with scallop, crispy pancetta, sage, pistachios, mascarpone and Parmigiano-Reggiano **   Dessert Chocolate ricotta cannoli ** can be served vegetarian           www.nicolinosrestaurant.com    

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Cafe Carlo

Cafe Carlo Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 243 Lilac St, 204-477-5544  $38 Appetizer Creamy New England clam chowder – or – Beets with olive oil, crumbled feta, pine nuts and fresh basil – or – Torched jerk salmon with edamame and yogurt   Entrées Braised lamb shank with lentils and mushroom-tomato demi-glace – or – Chicken […]

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Bailey’s

Bailey’s Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 185 Lombard Ave, 204-944-1180 $38 Appetizer Assorted Hors d’oeuvre Plate Bruschetta crostini, beef satay, and calamari with tzatziki sauce – or – Soup du jour – or – Seafood Bisque – or – Artisan Green Salad with raspberry vinaigrette Artisan mixed greens with fresh strawberries, mandarin oranges and candied walnuts Entrées […]

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Chop_38

Chop Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 1750 Sargent Ave, 204-788-2015 $38 Appetizer Caesar Salad House-baked focaccia croutons and grana padano – or – Artisan Greens With basil honey lime vinaigrette – or – Feature Soup Ask your server about today’s creation   Entrées Teriyaki Top Sirloin Served with your choice of mashed potatoes, wild rice pilaf, […]

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Café Dario_38

Café Dario Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 1390 Erin St, 204-783-2813 $38 Appetizer Chilled shrimp served with a pineapple cocktail sauce – or – Corn tostada topped with three cheese and bruschetta toppings – or – Mixed kebabs with salsa verde – or – Duck empanada with side hot salsa and lime quarters   Entrées 6 oz […]

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Loft 180

Loft 180  at McPhillips Station Casino 484 McPhillips St Must be 18+ $28 Appetizer Pan-seared Watersong farms steelhead trout with vanilla saffron cream, fried black rice, roasted cherry tomato and caramelized butternut squash – or – Roasted beets with compressed watermelon and cherry tomato, ruby red grapefruit, basil and walnuts, chèvre panna cotta burnt orange […]

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – The Oakwood

The Oakwood Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 660 Osborne St, 204-475-4250 $28 Appetizer Spicy chipotle pumpkin soup with warm herbed doughballs Entrées Deconstructed chicken pot pie with mashed potato and honey roasted beets   Dessert Deep fried ice cream with honey cinnamon drizzle       www.oakwoodcafe.ca  

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Chop_28

Chop Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 1750 Sargent Ave, 204-788-2015 $28 Appetizer Feature Soup Ask your server about today’s creation   Entrées Oven Roasted Chicken Free-run chicken with basil lemon pan jus, served with wild rice pilaf and fresh seasonal vegetables – or – Smoked Baby Back Ribs Half rack served with mashed potatoes and fresh […]

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Cafe Dario_28

  Café Dario Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 1390 Erin St, 204-783-2813 $28 Appetizer Escargots el Diablo – or – Seafood ceviche with fruit salpicon – or – Pork and shrimp flautas with sweet chilli aioli – or – Hearts of palm baked with cilantro jalapeño cream   Entrées Chicken breast filled with drunken figs and brie […]

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Promenade

Promenade Café and Wine Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 130 Provencher Blvd, 204-233-7030 $28 Appetizer Split Pea Soup Ham hock, peas, bison chorizo and persillade – or – Kale salad with goat cheese, toasted quinoa, shallot, yams with lemon brown butter dressing   Entrées Roasted chicken supreme with wild mushroom hunters sauce – or – Manitoba pork loin […]

Dine About Winnipeg 2019 – Tuxedo Village

Tuxedo Village Phone Now to Make a Reservation! 2090 Corydon Ave, 204-897-6565 $28 Appetizer Mini Village Greek Salad – or – Feta in a Blanket Feta wrapped in phyllo, deep fried and topped with honey and sesame seeds – or – Greek Bruschetta Toasted pita bread drizzled in olive oil topped with tomato, spinach, roasted red peppers, […]