Greenish Cafe – Downtown Skywalk System


The rainy weather over the last few weeks has forced me inside more on the occasions that I am out walking. When I’m downtown this means traveling through the Skywalk system. Roughly halfway between Cityplace and Portage Place, lies Greenish Cafe, a Sushi and Salad place. There has been a sushi restaurant there for quite a few years, but I’ve never really been tempted to go in. However, over the last few months there has been a renovating of the space, and Greenish (nb the website only has phone number and email on it, so far) has emerged.

Greenish Cafe Americano

The Greenish Cafe Americano

One aspect of Greenish that caught my attention before I went in is that they have a sign advertising their coffee prices, which include a $2.00 Americano. I thought it would be worth my while to visit the place just to give the Americano a go.

A couple of other factors made me want to stop in at Greenish. One is it’s proximity to Coffee Depot, which I enjoy from time to time, and the other is that it made me think of Sushi June in the Cityplace food court that offers some really good food.

The first thing I noticed when I entered the Greenish location is that it looks more comfortable than it did before. There is a nice bench running the length of one wall, and the the tables and chairs are quite pleasant as well. the renovation has also left the place feeling more cosy as well.  Continue reading

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PegCity Poutinerie – CityPlace


PegCity Poutinerie is the newest tenant in the CityPlace food court. This is the third new restaurant to open their in the last few months. The first two were, in my books, a hit, (Za Pizza), and more of a miss, Meltwich. PegCity Poutinerie definitely falls into the hit category.

Loaded Bacon Poutine from PegCity Poutiinerie. It certainly lives up to it’s name.

It also got me thinking, why aren’t there more one off local places in food courts? Continue reading

Melt”wich” Food Co – CityPlace


About a week and a half ago I wrote about build your own pizzas. Today I’m writing about Melt”wich” Food Co, which could best be described as build your own grilled cheese sandwich. It appears that the Subway model is taking over the food courts of the world. Perhaps it’s a nefarious ploy to get us to eat more vegetables. Whatever the reason I think a trend is emerging.

Melt"wich" grilled cheese

Basic Melt”wich” grilled cheese with all the toppings.

Melt”wich” Lunch:

My first visit was the day after the place opened. It was clear that the staff will need more time and training before the place begins to run smoothly. I asked what a combo was and if there was a combo deal was. None of the people working knew, and there was no manager around to ask. Continue reading

Pizza Hotline Vs Za Bistro


A couple of weeks ago, after publishing posts on Nuburger, and Harvey’s, Cory Boehm, a friend and fellow food lover, asked if I had tried either of the new downtown pizza restaurants, Za Bistro, and Pizza Hotline. He said he had been having a conversation with a couple of his friends, and that since both offered similarly priced build you won pizzas, they might make for a good comparison.

As it turned out I had just made my first trip to Za Bistro, recently opened in CityPlace. I didn’t realize Pizza Hotline was similar, but on finding that out I thought a comparison post would be a good idea.

Za Bistro.

All the Za Pizza Bistro orders come in take out boxes.

Pizza Hotline Wins the Decor Battle

When it comes to a dining space, Pizza Hotline wins hands down. Za Bistro is the middle of the City Place food court, while Pizza Hotline has a stand alone location with a variety of comfortable seating arrangements tucked into Winnipeg Square. Continue reading

Sushi June – City Place Food Court


Once again the colder weather has settled into Winnipeg. This has me walking the skywalk system more frequently. As I’ve gone along, I notice that the City Place Food Court seems to be in flux. The overwhelming marketing klout of MacDonald’s and Tim Horton’s seems to be driving many of the smaller chains out, with both Koya Japan and Manchu Wok recently closing. There is a Meltwich grilled cheese opening soon, but time will tell as to who will succeed.

I’ve reviewed Samosa Hut in the past, and so I decided to I would stop in and give Sushi June, another smaller place a try. I don’t know how busy they are, but I did notice the first time I went, that there was a lot of sushi prepared and sitting out. I also noticed that they featured several Korean dishes as well.

I ordered the Spicy Ramyun soup. This was very well prepared. The noodles have a real good chew to them. The egg is well cooked, and best of all the spicy soup is indeed spicy. I did feel that at $8.25 for the dish, the portion was a little on the small size.

Sushi June Spicy Ramyun Soup.

Sushi June Spicy Ramyun Soup. The egg is hidden by the bits of broccoli on the top.

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