This was a great experience to eat here. It was my first Japanese food experience. I was at the grill and you are at a table with other people, and you order, and your chef makes it right in front of you. It tasted divine. The people across from us were having a birthday party and drinking many 'Saki's', so that was fun, and the Chef drank with them.
I also know that ICHIBAN has a sushi bar, but I have no knowledge about it.
Favorite Dish: It is very fun to see the Chef make all the food right in front of you.
This is a difficult task. Winnipeg is a great place for restaurants. You can get every food from fast food to Chinese/Vietnamese to European cuisine. There are a number of franchise type restaurants in the city which have been there for a long while - places like Hy's Steak Loft, Olive Gardens, etc. Tons of fast food - McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, etc.
A problem is that there are constantly new restaurants springing up. Winnipeg is very culturally diverse, and its restaurants echo that diversity.
I prefer the privately owned smaller restaurants. I'll try and display some of the restaurants I have visited:
BDI (Bridge Drive Inn) - Jubilee Ave - ice cream - quality: first rate, lineups long on hot days - price $5 for a milkshake
Beachcomber's - The Forks (formerly Branigans) - general - quality: good - price $19 to $25 supper - April 2008
Bellissimo - Waverley St - Italian - quality: good - price $13 lunch - Mar 2001
Confusion Corner - Pembina & Corydon - quality: good - price $12 lunch - June 2005
Earls - Pembina Hwy - general - quality: good, noisy - price $13 lunch - Mar 2005
In Ferno's Bistro - 312 Desmeurons St - European - quality: very good, price $18 dinner - April 2007
Inn at the Forks - The Forks - general - quality: OK, service: slow - price $14 lunch - Dec 2005
The Keg - downtown - steak - quality: very good, price $22 dinner - 2005
The Keg - McGillvrary Blvd near Kenaston (Pembina Hwy closed Nov 2005) - steak - quality: very good, price $25 dinner - 2008
Kelsey's - Kenaston Rd - general - quality: good, standard fare price $20 dinner - 2007
Maxime's - St. Marys Rd - general - quality: good, price $17 dinner - June 2005
North Garden - University Cres. - Chinese - quality: very good - price $13 supper - May 2005
Olive Gardens - Portage Ave. - Italian - quality OK, price $12 lunch - July 2001
Favorite Dish: con't.
Olive Gardens - 51 Reenders Drive - Italian - quality OK - good buns and salad, price $18 dinner - April 2008
Palatal BBQ Mongolian - 2790 Pembina Hwy. - Mongolian BBQ - quality good, price $18 supper - May 2002 (all-you-can-eat, you select your meats and veggies - raw, and each dinner is cooked individually)
Pony Corral - Grant Park Shopping Ctr - home cooking - quality: good, large portions - price $11 - Dec 2005
Royal Crown - 83 Garry St downtown - buffet - quality fair, great view, revolving restaurant - price $17 dinner - May 2001
Note, I do not eat out a lot; only for celebrations and the like, so my list is pretty short. My 25 year old son visits more restaurants than I have in the past year. He likes Baileys, The Star Grill and The Storm. I just read a Winnipeg food publication, and they listed the top 180 restaurants -- I think all of my suggestions are on that list.
The fine print: Above prices are in Canadian dollars for an middle-of-the-menu entre and a non-alchoholic drink excluding PST (7%), GST (5%) or the tip.
The Spotted Cow is a small, privately owned ice cream parlor tucked away in an unbusy strip mall. The inside is decidedly cow-themed, with cow caricatures of celebrities covering every inch of the right side wall. Service was very friendly the times I've been there over the years.
Favorite Dish: My favorite thing to order at the Spotted Cow is a soft serve cone dipped in one of the many flavors they offer (chocolate, strawberry, butterscotch, orange, blueberry, etc...). Inexpensive, but very creamy high quality ice cream.
In my family it's always a tradition to visit the BDI when we go to Winnipeg. This small outdoor ice cream parlor is located right next to a large pedestrian bridge that stretches over the Red River and into a quiet residential area. Because it's outdoors, BDI is not open at all in the cooler months. This is the only place in Winnipeg I can remember having to stand in line for any length of time, so as with any ice cream place, be warned that the hotter the temperature, the more people you will have to fight to get your delicious ice cream.
Don't be surprised if people around you are asking for something strange called a "Goog Special". It's a local favorite, and something you won't find anywhere else in your travels. It's basically a milkshake with nuts, fudge, whipped cream, blueberries, and some banana strategically mixed together.
I've always loved this place because not only does the atmosphere have a unique retro feel, and ice cream is of excellent quality, but you can essentially get whatever your wild imagination wants. They won't look at you funny if you ask for ... A chocolate and vanilla swirl soft served, dipped in chocolate, dipped in rainbow sprinkles, dipped in butterscotch, dipped in chocolate sprinkles, dipped in strawberry. (I got one of these as a kid, and it was extremely hard to make and to eat!) In recent years I've noticed more options for toppings at well, which can only be a good thing.
Where to start ?? I have heard that Winnipeg has more restaraunts per capita than anywhere else. Not only do we have MANY restaraunts to choose from, but we have may different cuisines. Anything from Ethiopian to Carribean. It would take years to eat at all of them.
Favorite Dish: My favorite restaraunt would have
to be Magic Thailand - located on Logan Ave. The Penang Curry is YUMMMY! Nothing fancy- just great food. And the Thai Karoake is interesting too.
I am so excited to finally see such a great Japanese restaurant in Winnipeg. This is a trendy new restaraunt with great service, fresh food, and soothing atmosphere. The presentation of the food is incredible, from the dishware itself to the beautiful rose carrots and butterfly apples that garnish the plates. Other unique things about this restaraunt include: a karaoke bar, sake bar, both traditional and western seating, and city-wide delivery.
Favorite Dish: The A.A.C sushi is definitely a favorite, along with the pork and chicken cutlet, and deep-fried tofu. The sushi is neatly rolled with no ingredients that overcome another. The fish is always fresh and everything is absolutely delicious. The hot dishes have the perfect amount of food -(many restaraunts have a problem with giving lots of bad-quality food, rather than a just-filling portion of terrific food). The salad that comes along with the hot meals has a refreshing dressing, sweet and cool, and unlike anything I've ever tasted.
At work we would go there for the ocassional breakfast. On night our family stopped there for supper. We have been there many times since. The food is just simple everyday food. The staff is friendly. The cafe is small. But the food is very good.
Favorite Dish: Any of the burgers are satisfying and my wife loves the salisbury steak.
BarItalia -> Cafe. Good food. $$$
Fusion Grill -> Rest. Great Canadian Wine collection. $$$$
Mezzo -> Rest. Food is awsome. $$$$
Two A Tea -> Tea House. The best in the Province. $$$
BarItalia -> Great Club to visit.
Fusion Grill -> Great Canadian Wine collection.
Mezzo -> Best Night club next door. (Mezzo)
Two A Tea -> English style, to the tee.
Favorite Dish: BarItalia -> Club Sub
Fusion Grill -> Pork
Mezzo -> Lamb
Two A Tea -> Soups
It's tough to mention a restaurant in our city that really screams 'Winnipeg'. The prairie provinces are privvy to food of all different cultures, due to the fact that our city consists of mainly immigrants or descendents of immigrants.
Probably one of my favourite (though not cheap) restaurants is Picasso's Seafood Restaurant. Here they cook genuine Mediterranean cuisine. Another good one is Ichiban in the heart of the city (for amazing sushi!).
Favorite Dish: Picasso's shellfish, such as mussels made in white wine sauce, is superb. Ichiban's sushi rolls are terrific (all except for the raw squid, which, even after extensive chewing, seems to retain its original structure).
I own a house so with our high the property taxes, eating in many of Winnipeg's restaurants is not feasible. I do however like Joey's Only Seafood which has 3 locations here. Tues. night is all you can eat fish and fries. No watching your weight that night. I also like restaurants such as Perkins, The Keg, Grapes, and Red Lobster. Applebee's is ok. Branigans at the Forks SUCKS!
Favorite Dish: Hey now we are getting personal.