Shawarma Time – Ellice Avenue

Shawarma Time on the corner of Ellice Avenue and Sherbrook Street is one of the oldest Shawarma places in Winnipeg. Despite having lived in the area for the best part of 13 years, I’ve only gone in a couple of times over the years. The main reason for not stopping in was that although the food was quite good, I found the place to be a little on the run down side, and not a particularly pleasant space.

Shawarma Time Grape Leaves

The stuffed grape leaves from Shawarma Time

However, recently I went back because I was looking for something good and cheap. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in to see that they have made some changes to the decor. The most notable thing is large, flat screens that display the menu and catch your eye as you walk in. This has reduced the number of unattractive pictures that lined the one wall. In general the tables and chairs also look much better and the general cleanliness of the place is much higher.

I was quite hungry my first visit, so I decided I would order a couple of appetizers and one of their pies. I chose Stuffed Grape Leaves, Kibbe, and one of the their Cheese and Spinach Pies. Continue reading


Little Korea – Ellice Avenue

Little Korea is a new restaurant in an old location on Ellice Avenue. The building was formerly home to Choice Sushi. While Choice Sushi features a number of Korean Dishes in addition to the Sushi, Little Korea doesn’t offer any sushi on its menu. Instead it sticks to other, traditional Korean cuisine. Choice Sushi also ran a lot of specials on it’s sushi making it a bit of a bargain dining option. While not particularly expensive Little Korea doesn’t yet seem to be offering any such specials.

Little Korea sides

As with all Korean restaurants your order at Little Korea comes with a selection of sides.

Little Korea at Lunchtime

I made my first visit to the restaurant along with Rev Tanis Kolisnyk. Tanis is deacon at St. Philip’s. Summer was over and it was time to get caught up and do some planning for the fall and early winter. We arrived just before the noon hour, and so the place was pretty much empty. Continue reading

Palm Tree Restaurant

The Palm Tree has closed, and has been replaced by The Mami Project.

It’s interesting how you can live so close to a restaurant and never visit. For many years, I lived to blocks from Rasoi, an Indian Restaurant just off the corner of Ellice and Sherbrook. I don’t think I ever went in, although I do recall someone bringing their Samosas to some event. Then, one day, Rasoi was gone. I don’t know what I missed. However, with the space being taken over by Palm Tree Restaurant, I don’t really care either.

Palm Tree Door

The door with pictures of some of the food on offer.

Palm Tree Restaurant is, and I stand to be corrected, Winnipeg’s first Somali restaurant. Having been a couple of times I certainly hope that it won’t be Winnipeg’s only Somali restaurant. On both of my visits here the food was of extremely high quality, and the service very friendly and welcoming. Continue reading