Reviews and Such Restaurants

Modern Electric Lunch – 232 Main Street

Modern Electric Lunch, is a new coffee shop, located in the Fortune building on South Main Street. Modern Electric Lunch derives it’s name from an earlier tenant in that building.

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I suggest you check out the West End Dumplings block to read more about the previous incarnations.  West End Dumplings is a great blog to subscribe to, if you are interested in history in general, and the history of Winnipeg, in particular.

Modern Electric Lunch tickets
Just a small sampling of historic order tickets from Modern Electric Lunch. Prices are a little higher these days.

Modern Electric Lunch for Breakfast

My first stop at Modern Electric Lunch was simply for a beverage. Despite hearing a lot of buzz about the place it was open for several months before I got around to visiting. It’s a nice little walk from my workplace at Holy Trinity, and I can take the Ellice bus to right in front of the doors, when I leave home in the morning.

Walking in I really like the look of the place. The north wall is exposed yellowy brick work. Light yellow-brown features a lot in the colour scheme. With the floor to ceiling windows there is a great deal of natural light. The tables are set up to meet Covid-19 restrictions and the coffee shop feels really roomy as a result.

The staff here is very welcoming and do a great job of taking orders, and making sure that they get out quite quickly.

A large latte from Modern Electric Lunch.

After ordering a beverage the first time, I decided on breakfast the second time.

wedge salad
A generous and interesting fruit salad.

The salad has a good mixture of ingredients. Although not listed on the ingredient list, there were seeds in the salad, along with the pistachio milk crumble that came on the side. The ingredients all tasted fresh and this makes for a good breakfast to start off the day.

Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, strawberries tossed in lime, tajin, on top of honey creme fraiche, pistachio milk crumble.-V

Modern Electric Lunch Savoury Waffle.
A savoury waffle, that qualifies as a meal all by itself.

My second breakfast item is the savoury waffle. This comes with a great cream sauce. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the waffle after I added the sauce. This waffle is light and fluffy, yet with the cream sauce is substantial enough to make a complete breakfast by itself.

Snack Time

One danger in going into Modern Electric Light is that there are so many delightful items on the menu you are tempted to walk out with enough food to last you several days. This is especially true of the sweets they serve.

This is one loaded cookie. Both with ingredients and also with flavour.


Modern Electric Lunch madeleies
The Modern Electric Lunch madeleines are a delicate orange flavour. They come in threes, but I ate one first.

The sweets aren’t list in the online menu. It is worth your while to ask about. Also, it’s good if you drop in from time to time because they do change up once in a while.

I should mention here, that almost everything on the menu is made in house. I believe the bread for their sandwiches is coming from outside, but on the whole Modern Electric Lunch makes everything on the premises.

Modern Electric Lunch for Lunch

Modern Electric Lunch Reuben
A delicious, and filling Reuben sandwich.

With a name like Modern Electric Lunch, you think they should have good lunch offerings, and they do. When it came time for ordering a lunch from here, I went with a classic sandwich, the Reuben. When I order a sandwich at a restaurant, the Reuben will be at the top of my list.

The Modern Electric Lunch Reuben is a really good one. One thing I like about it is the way the sauerkraut and corned beef are layered, with corned beef on either side of the sauerkraut.

It’s been a few days since I last visited Modern Electric Lunch. However, this is one restaurant, that will be on list of places where revisits are always a welcome activity.

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.