Reviews and Such Restaurants

Cafe Asante, Winnipeg Square

A few days before Christmas I had a fall. It was on one of those really icy days, and as I stepped out of my apartment building my feet went out from under and I bounced down three steps, badly bruising my tail bone. One result of this is that I have been doing more indoor walking in the last few weeks. From a restaurant point of view this took me back to Flavour Fusion in Winnipeg Square, and recently to Cafe Asanté, also in Winnipeg Square.

Cafe Asante wall sign
Wall sign from Cafe Asante
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Cafe Asante operates from 7 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday. They offer a variety of breakfast items, while the lunch menu primarily consists of wraps, sandwiches and salads along with a couple of specials that are available. The menu is largely Indian and Caribbean influenced.

Cafe Assante Butter Chicken.
Butter Chicken from Cafe Assante.

Breakfast at Cafe Asante:

Walking by the restaurant, the first thing that caught my eye was the sign advertising the breakfast special (bacon, eggs, potato pancake, and coffee) for $4.99. This struck me as a pretty good deal. I talked to the person (I think the owner) at the till, and was told to take any seat I wanted and someone would come take my order. I was actually quite surprised at the seating capacity. Plus, the tables are far enough apart that you don’t feel squeezed in.

Breakfast offer
The Cafe Asante breakfast

My server came and took my order, and it was prepared fairly quickly. The potato pancake turned out simply to be shredded hash browns. This wasn’t too bad, as this is my favourite form of hash brown. I find them most likely to be cooked evenly.  The eggs were well cooked and the bacon was cooked and crispy.

Cafe Coffee.
The coffee at Cafe Asante, was coffee in name only.

My only disappointment was the coffee. While it was included in the price, I would rather pay extra and get something worth drinking. This was worst coffee I’ve had in quite a while.


When I visited for lunch, I decided I would go for the special. This time around it was the Butter Chicken for $8.49. As you may know if you’ve read some of my other posts, I am not a Butter Chicken fan. That’s not to say I don’t like it, but it’s not a go to dish for me. That said, I really like Cafe Asanté’s Butter Chicken. The chicken was tender, and the sauce was rich and thick with a nice touch of spice. The Basmati Rice Pilaf made for an excellent side, and the Naan that came with it was good and chewy. All in all a satisfying lunch.


As I was reading around about Cafe Asanté, I noticed a number of complaints about the service. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t there at peak hours, but both times I went I found the service to be all right. I wouldn’t say it’s the kind of restaurant that I would go to because of the service, but I wouldn’t stay away because of the service either. I didn’t find anything I would consider negative, and on the positive side, on both occasions my food arrived not long after I ordered.
If you’re looking for good quality food, that comes at a reasonable price, Cafe Asanté is well worth taking the time to check out the next time you’re underground in the area of Portage and Main.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.