The West End of Winnipeg receives a lot of negative press. Some of it is justified, some not. Often lost among these criticisms is what a wonderfully diverse area of the city this is. Nowhere is this diversity better displayed than in it’s restaurants. Much of the food of Folklorama which shows up for two weeks in August, is on daily display in the West End.
One of the best examples of this is at Nhu Quyhn, a restaurant featuring Vietnamese and Chinese food on its menu. Nhu Quyhn sits in a nondescript little building on Ellice Avenue, between Sherbrook and Maryland Streets. On entering the restaurant, you’ll find an interior that is only slightly more descript.
However, this is one of those restaurants where it’s all about the food. The menu, as is the case with many Asian restaurants is very large. Having ordered from most of the sections over the years, I can also say that you find plenty of very good dishes throughout.
The prices here are more than reasonable. There are a couple of appetizers in the $4-5 dollar range, and most other dishes fall into the $8-12 dollar range. You should note that rice doesn’t come with most of the Chinese dishes, but you can get a bowl for $2, I usually get it for myself, but it could serve two quite nicely.
The salad rolls and the spring rolls are both good choices to start your meal. The former being moist and fresh, and the contents threatening to burst the seams of the rice paper. The latter are crunchy with a pleasantly spiced filling. Nhu Quyhn offers excellent Phô along with a variety of other soups. The large size servings are more than filling, while the small size are still plenty adequate.
I’ve tried the spicy satay beef, and while not overwhelmingly hot, it delivers a good little kick. The sizzling plates, I”m not sure of their proper description, are also done well. They arrive at the table piping hot, and hold their heat for a good period of time.
Finally, Nhu Quyhn offers a wide variety of beverages. The fruit shakes are very refreshing. The Vietnamese coffee here is always nice and strong whether enjoyed hot or cold. On top of all this, I have found that the service here is consistently quick, both in having my order taken and receiving my food. The servers are also generally quite friendly.
If you think there’s no reason to visit Winnipeg’s West End, you need to try Nhu Quyhn. It might just be the first step in changing your mind.