When you cast your mind around the globe for culinary destinations the usual go-to places pop up time and again – but why not look off the beaten track to discover world-class food that will give you a more original story to tell? Enter Winnipeg, home to a creative hub and a burgeoning food scene. There’s an incredibly eclectic array of places to choose from, so to help you navigate your way around the offerings we’ve cherry-picked some of the best.
SYDNEY’S AT THE FORKS
Perched next to the water with lovely river views, the real beauty of this dining spot lies on the plate. Each dish is a carefully constructed work of art, with colours and shapes that work beautifully together; when your food arrives it almost looks too good to eat – but don’t let that stop you. Chef Michael Schafer is an alchemist, balancing curious flavours and textures, such as wild scallops with candied bacon, vanilla soy, celery hearts and salt roast cashews. There are so many delicious pairings on the menu that we urge you to go with a group so you can taste a few.
THE FORT GARRY HOTEL
The award-winning Sunday brunch set in the magnificent lobby of this old railway hotel is not one to be missed. It offers the perfect power breakfast before a full day of activities – but if time is on your side, we recommend a more leisurely meal so you can make your way through the elaborate spread at each of the food stations and soak up the buzzing atmosphere. As well as having all the usual brunch staples, you’ll also find a ‘chef’s station’ with their famous chocolate fountain, truffles and every other indulgent treat you could wish for.
Sometimes simple is best; and what better than a top steakhouse. Housed in an elegant riverside mansion, this restaurant doesn’t dabble in anything overly fancy, keeping quality and taste at the forefront. Choose your cut of Canadian beef, cooked to your liking, and enjoy it with one of the many wines in the extensive cellar at 529, all selected by their prestigious sommelier.
DEER + ALMOND
Beyond the mish-mash of cool, modern décor, the message at Deer + Almond is that food should be fun. The bistro is committed to creating experimental menus to keep things exciting. Sample creations such as crispy cauliflower beer and cheddar soup and pickled radish with miso and sesame, as well as many other unusual but hearty tapas.
Winnipeg’s first tapas restaurant, Segovia is a small restaurant tucked away in a corner of the hip Osborne Village neighbourhood that is full of flavours. It serves up an impressive range of bijou plates that cover all the Spanish favourites, from patatas bravas to calamari, all done with aplomb. We love the cool, informal atmosphere; it’s somewhere you could easily while away a few hours, catching up with friends as you make your way through the ever-changing menu.