Little Bangkok Thai, Shawarma Fusion – Cityplace


If you’re a reader of Dining with Donald, and not from the area, you may not know that Winnipeg gets cold. Real cold. Periodically this cold arrives for extended stays like it did from mid-December until the last couple of days, with only a minor respite in the middle.

Over the years Winnipeg developed a downtown walkway system that helps to take some of the bite out of the real cold weather. Generally I walk out of doors, but during these cold snaps I find myself taking advantage of this system on a more frequent basis.

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Little Bangkok Thai soup

The Tom Yum soup from Little Bangkok Thai in the Cityplace food court.

There are many restaurants along the way. Included among them are the ones in the food courts at Portage Place, Cityplace, and Winnipeg Square. Of the three, Cityplace has become my favourite food court. The main thing about Cityplace is that they seem to have the best mix of chain and local establishments. I rarely visit the chains with the exception of Za Pizza Bistro, which is a local chain.

Over the last few weeks I’ve visited two food court tenants. One is what appears to be locally owned LIttle Bangkok Thai, Continue reading

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Freshii Winnipeg Square


Freshii Winnipeg Square is the second Freshii location I’m writing about. A couple of months ago I visited the Kenaston location. Then, a couple of weeks ago I received an invitation to attend the soft opening of Freshii Winnipeg Square. Thanks to Kevin Sawka for the invitation, and the meal.

Freshii wall sign

Wall sign inside the door at Freshii Winnipeg Square.

Having been at the Kenaston location, which is big and open with lots of windows, I was a little surprised to find the Winnipeg Square location to be smaller. However, the space is used very well, with a counter and a few booths for the customers at the front and the service area at the back. Along one side wall are what only can be described as the periodic table of ingredients. The image below is the one for romaine lettuce.

Freshii Romaine lettuce sign

Romaine lettuce as featured in the Freshii periodic table of ingredients.

During the soft opening I enjoyed the spicy lemongrass soup. This was actually the same dish I had tried when I was at Kenaston. It was equally good at both locations. Continue reading

Samosa Hut – CityPlace


Samosa Hut is an Indian restaurant located in Cityplace mall. It’s located just before the spot where the skywalk connects Cityplace across St. Mary avenue. This location has long been my favourite in the food court. Prior to Samosa Hut being there the space held a Greek restaurant whose name I can’t remember, but made a really great Avgolemono soup among other items.

Samosa Hut Combo

The Samosa Hut three item combo comes with Naan included.

My favourite choice here is the three piece Tandoori Chicken. It is well cooked, and well-sauced. I find the chicken to be quite tender. Having tried it so many times, I decided to choose a couple of different options when I recently visited.

Samosa Hut Combos:

Wednesdays I preside at a noon-hour Eucharist at Holy Trinity. By the time it’s over and I’ve packed everything away, I’m ready for a good lunch. The Samosa Hut provides me with both. The portions for their meals are quite generous. It starts off with a good base layer of rice and is built up with the other combo elements.
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Palatal Express – Guilty Pleasure


I never visited the Palatal Mongolian Stir-Fry on Pembina that now houses Royal Punjab Sweet House. However, I visit the Palatal Express at Sherbrook and Portage on a semi-regular spot. This for me is a great place to visit when I’m in the mood for a quick, cheap pigout. I don’t find the food here particularly brilliant, but there’s lots of it, and I can get it really spicy when I want that.

Palatal specials.

A variety of the daily specials available at Palatal.

Like a lot of places they advertise themselves as really healthy. I’m sure it’s pretty healthy, but I wouldn’t make it the centrepiece of my diet.

Palatal Pleasures:

One of the things I like about Palatal is that it is a soup and stir-fry version of Subway. Like Subway, the restaurant offers a wide variety of vegetables to add to your noodles and protein. I order a little of everything, maximizing my vegetables. Although I occasionally order the small sized daily special my typical choice is the large serving. Continue reading

Freshii – Kenaston Village Mall


Freshii is a new fast/fresh food restaurant that has taken the restaurant biz by storm. Freshii has Winnipeg connections at it’s root, so it was only a matter of time before they showed up here.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I was working my way through a book by Lizzie Collingham called The Taste of War. I haven’t gotten around to doing my write up on it, but I did receive the chance to do a brief lecture which I entitled Citizenship and the Calorie. This lecture was for a course entitled Citizenship, Land, and Economy. The course is offered at Canadian Mennonite University and is taught by my friend James Magnus-Johnston. Continue reading

Wok Box- Kenaston Common


I find myself fairly regularly out in the area of Kenaston Common. As a transit rider and pedestrian it always makes for an interesting trip. On my last visit I tried to transfer at Grant and Kenaston. I just missed the Waverley bus, and it then ended up being quicker to walk than to wait for the next bus. This was at lunch time. I arrived at the Wok Box at lunchtime and found quite a line up. I decided to take care of my other business in the other and go for a late lunch.

Wok Box entree

My entree from the Wok Box

This was my second trip to Wok Box. The first was a couple of months ago and was quite an enjoyable experience. This second trip was not quite as good. The first trip I ordered the Singapore Cashew dish, and the second time the Sweet Mongolian. The Sweet Mongolian was a lunch sized dish, so it is smaller. What was lacking though was the variety of vegetables. It was almost all broccoli. The Singapore Cashew dish had a good variety of all the vegetables. The other thing lacking was that the Udon noodles were a little on the pasty side.

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Thai Express – Portage Place


A few months ago, I asked a question in the Manitoba Food Bloggers Facebook group. What is your favourite food court restaurant. I got a variety of answers. Oddly, I can’t remember what my own answer to the question was. All I know is that it has changed. Back then it likely would have been Koya Japan. Now it is undoubtedly Thai Express. Specifically the Thai Express in Portage Place.

Thai Express Napkin

The Napkins come well branded. I wonder if as much ink is added o your face as food is removed.

I like Thai food, so it should come as no surprise that I would give a Thai restaurant in a Food Court a try. I’ve been there several times in the past, but the last two visits are the one’s that have cemented Thai Express’s place as my food court favourite. Last night I was on my way through downtown and wanted to stop for dinner before heading on to the event I was attending. I didn’t realize the Jets were playing, and so the first place I stopped in was fuller than I hoped. I figured this might be the case at most place and decided to check out the Portage Place food court. Continue reading