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Sushi Cushi

March10

Sometimes even food aficionados want to throw down their aprons and exit the kitchen. One Friday I hosted a dinner for 25 people in our home and the next evening cooked for and hosted another social event for 40. Come Sunday evening I really wanted to consume something that I had not prepared but was mindful that we have been successful in keeping our new year’s resolution of careful eating. Sushi was just the ticket.

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Sushi Cushi (1045 St. James St.) is en route to our youngest daughter’s home so we placed our order and were on our way to pick it up 10 minutes later. Upon entering, the restaurant was completely full so it was a good thing we were taking out. Both the room and the staff were cheerful and pleasant.

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Even the serious sushi chefs momentarily broke their concentration to break into smiles.

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We selected the Blue Ocean platter recommended for three or four persons

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but after sampling one piece of each roll, all four of us declared that we could not eat another thing. Had we left the table immediately this may have been true but as we chatted and lingered, chop sticks were spearing our favourites for second tastes. In spite of this, we still left a sushi feast for our daughter and her husband to enjoy the next day.

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Every roll tasted freshly made with excellent ingredients. We especially enjoyed Bite Me made with asparagus and smoked salmon, Bakudan (a food explosion) with chopped tuna and chili sauce and the Blue Ocean including cream cheese and tuna.

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In the centre of the platter was Sushi Pizza which turned out to be everyone’s favourite. The “crust” was made from formed rice that had been topped with salmon, avocado and masago (roe from a salmon like fish). The classic rolls entitled Teriyaki Chicken, Spider, Tempura Yam, Calamari, Californian and Dynamite were equally scrumptious but not especially unusual.

Sushi Cushi is owned and operated by Dong Noh Owner. They are open weekdays from 11:30 am-10 pm. Saturday & Sundays they open at noon. Saturday they closes at 10 and Sunday the close at 9 pm. There is an all day menu available. they are wheelchair accessible.

Watch for Food Musings every second Wednesday in your copy of The Headliner, The Herald, The Lance, The Metro, The Sou’wester and The Times.

Sushi Cushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kath’s quote: “The fine art of preparing sushi is something that you watch and learn”. -Nobu Matsuhisa

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Saddlery on Market

February27

Saddlery on Market (114 Market Ave. to be precise) is located on the main floor of the Great West Saddlery Warehouse building, erected in 1898. A little bit of Winnipeg Trivia: the saddlery company became the world’s largest manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of harnesses and saddles. The restobar has been inspired by Winnipeg’s past and serves homey, comfort food.

I was excited to meet up with an old friend. Her arrival was delayed as she could not find a parking spot in the area, either in a lot or on the street. This must be a real challenge for the restaurant.

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Anticipating my winter vacation, I chose from the salad section of the menu. The Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad was a hearty serving of red onion, candied pecans and roasted shallot vinaigrette. Once all the good stuff vanished from the top of the salad, I tried very hard to finish my vegetables by consuming all of the spinach leaves on the plate. Perhaps I was distracted by the hand-cut French fries that arrived with my companion’s burger. Being a good friend, she gave my permission to enjoy some of them off of her plate. They were the highlight of the visit.

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The house burger which was her selection was a half pound of ground chuck topped with lettuce, tomato, provolone cheese, pancetta, caramelized onions and premise-made barbeque sauce. She remarked that the pretzel bun was delicious but not sturdy enough to offset all of those fixings. The burger was tasty and juicing but eating it without making an enormous mess, took a lot of skill.

The space has supported a number of restaurant concepts in the past but I do not recall one that let the beautiful brick walls speak for themselves. Perched at a window with a view to the Exchange District, I anticipated that the restaurant would get busier over the lunch hour with so many persons who work in the area.

The Saddlery has an all day menu available. They are open weekdays from 11 am (Saturdays at 4 pm). Until 10 pm Mon-Wed and Late Thursday-Saturday and are closed Sundays. Wheelchair access is through the space at 112 Market Ave.

Watch for Food Musings every second Wednesday in your copy of The Headliner, The Herald, The Lance, The Metro, The Sou’wester and The Times.

Saddlery on Market Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kath’s quote: “my salad days, When I was green in judgement, cold in blood.”-William Shakespeare

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Halong Bay

February13

Halong Bay in Vietnam is said to be one of the most beautiful bays on earth and a “New 7 Wonders of the World”.  Perhaps the area was once home to the owners of the Halong Bay Restaurant here in Winnipeg-Tuyen and Hoa Nguyen. Having been a long time fan of Vietnamese cuisine, I must admit that I am pretty hard to impress but impress they did!

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We started with Spicy Beef Noodle Soup which sounds pretty ordinary but was anything but. The beef was succulent and tender and the noodles abundant and “slurp-worthy”. The broth was nothing short of sensational! When the other dishes arrived I ignored them in favour of the soup. Wondering with each spoonful how they made the broth, for it was bursting with savoury flavours. The stock was so satisfying that one could easily imagine that it had medicinal qualities. Perhaps that is why the restaurant was full of medical personnel from the Health Science Centre across the street.

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Noted as a House Specialty, their rice vermicelli combo came along next. I passed over the spring rolls and enjoyed the rest of the lettuce, sprouts, meat and peanuts.

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I was very, very impressed. I hadn’t had such a fine noodle bowl since I visited Jackson Heights in NYC’s borough of Queens, renowned for their ethnic restaurants. The harmony and balance of noodles and lettuce ribbons made perfect sense, a taste I crave on an ongoing basis.

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We also sampled one of the restaurant’s Daily Specials: a Singapore noodle dish chock full of egg, bean sprouts, carrot, green pepper, onion and curried shrimp. The curry seasoning was an exotic combination of spices and had a little heat (from the addition of chilies), without searing taste buds and removing appreciation for the other tastes.

We arrived after the noon rush and had a chance to appreciate the décor and sun streaming in from the wall of windows. Service was more than efficient with dishes arriving almost instantly.

The Halong Bay Restaurant is located at 772 Notre Dame Ave. Make note of the address as we found the signage deceptive. They are open Monday-Saturday from 11:00 am -9:30 pm. Dine In and Take Out menus are available. The dining room is wheelchair accessible but we did not check on the washroom.

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Ha Long Bay Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kath’s quote: “I lived across the street from Noodle Bar. I could barely stand it, because you’re there all the time; you can’t get away”.- David Chang

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Mercadito Latino

January30

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When Mercadito Latino was on Henderson Hwy I would drive by and wonder about its offerings inside. Unfortunately I never had an excuse to go in. Three years ago the Mercadito relocated to 570 C Sargent Ave. and was able to add more dining space. I am guessing that is when it became a full blown restaurant.

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The structure of the business is very much like the places that we love to visit in Mexico with the wife in the kitchen lovingly recreating her family recipes and her husband up front serving the tables and manning the cash register. We were introduced to Sonia Lemus when she finally had an opportunity to sit down at the end of her evening. She was as good-natured and pleasant as her husband Julian. Together they own and operate the market and restaurant.

In keeping with our other Latin restaurant experiences, the food came out quickly and steaming hot. You could taste that all the concoctions had been freshly made.

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We were delighted by the tortilla soup that we shared. Dotted with pieces of silky avocado, goey cheese, pulled chicken, crispy tortilla strips and sour cream, it warmed us up nicely. I would have loved a lime wedge to squeeze into the broth like we do when travelling.

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When the pupusas arrived at our table, Julian asked us if we were familiar with them. We responded yes based only on the one other opportunity to eat Salvadorian food in Winnipeg at La Fiesta Cafecito. We requested “Revueltas” which means we enjoyed cheese, beans and pork in all three corn flour pockets. I pressed for more detail about the cheese used. Julian replied that it was a blend of a Salvadorian cheese, feta and mozzarella.

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We were full by this time and still had chicken tacos coming to the table. If you think that tacos are always the Old El Paso style, you would be mistaken. Soft corn tortillas are eaten at almost every meal as a way of scooping up the fare. We had to at least have a bite and appreciated the subtle spiciness of the chicken and peppers inside the soft corn taco. My bite resulted in juices bursting out of the wrap and onto my plate (the sign of a very delicious taco).

The restaurant has an all day menu available. They are open Tuesday-Saturdays from 12 noon until 8:30 pm and are wheelchair accessible.

Watch for Food Musings every second Wednesday in your copy of The Headliner, The Herald, The Lance, The Metro, The Sou’wester and The Times.

Mercadito Latino Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kath’s quote: “Humour keeps us alive. Humour and food. Don’t forget food. You can go a week without laughing.” ― Joss Whedon

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2016 Restaurant Wrap Up

January13

2016 has been a wonderful year of noshing for Food Musings.

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The year started with munching on salads at The Nook, The Peaks Restaurant and the Capital Grill, then progressed through the delectable offerings of beef tartar at Sous Sol and Segovia. The peanut butter & jam chicken wings were a hit at the Silver Heights as well as the peanut butter and jam buster at Bronuts.

Midyear brought the Sunday brunch buffet at Gausthouse Gutenberg and out of town treks to Jonsey’s and Hillside Beach.

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Noodles were the selected fare at Dancing Noodle, Nicolino’s and Tom’s Pho and fish and chips were sampled at both Sei Sushi and the Captain’s Table.

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The biggest surprises were the bacon and egg pizza at Peg Beer Co. and the calamari on the seafood pizza at Amici (now closed) followed closely by quail eggs at both Bisita and Fusion Experience. Everything was a surprise Saperavi, the first Georgian restaurant on the prairies.

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The year concluded with exceptional tastes of the Vietnamese pork sandwich at King + Bannatyne,

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fried chicken toast at Clementine and paella at Simon’s Cuisine.

What does 2017 hold for Food Musings? Well I am still trying to work my way through the reader’s suggestions of Begonia Grill, Common Sense Deli & Bakery, Diner’s Grill, Ethiopian food at Massawa, Latin American fare at Mercado Latino Restaurant & Market, a theme night at Rossmere Country Club and the White Star Diner once they make their move to Kennedy St. On my personal list are Saddlery on Market, Feast Café Bistro, Blind Tiger Kitchen and Crème de L’Essence. So it looks like 2017 will be another busy one with trying to keep up with Winnipeg’s vibrant restaurant scene (and going to the gym to offset the fruits of my labour).

Kath’s quote: “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”-Mae West

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