Mongo’s Grill – Blogger Night

Last week I received an invitation to a blogger night out at Mongo’s Grill. I had heard the name of the restaurant, but didn’t know an awful lot about it. Mongo’s is short for Mongolian, so in style it resembles at one level Palatal or Palatal Express. This should have been fairly obvious to me, but whenever I hear Mongo this is the first thing that comes to mind:

Don’t miss the video of me grilling. You’ll find it at the bottom of the post.

However, Mongo’s Grill is part of a fast casual chain. The one we visited out by Polo Park is one of three located in Winnipeg. While I said that it has something in common with Palatal, it shares more in common with Freshii. The emphasis here is not only on fresh ingredients, but also on having a really broad selection to chose from.

I was the first to show up for the evening, so I had a couple of moments to wander around the restaurant when I arrived. The restaurant was larger than I expected, but is also wide open, and as a diner you get a feeling of having plenty of space for you and your party. The grill is the centerpiece of the restaurant and it’s the first thing that catches the eye once you enter. Continue reading


Il Molino – Corydon

As a priest, Mondays are generally a day off for me. This means I have time to go visiting areas of the city that I might not get to any other time of the week. Over the last few Mondays, I went down Corydon looking for some lunch options. I ended up picking out Il Molino in part because many Corydon Avenue restaurants close down for an early afternoon break.

My other reason for picking Il Molino is that there has been quite a lot of buzz around their open-faced Danish style sandwiches.

Il Molino for Late Lunch

I arrived at the restaurant at around 2:30 pm. I was the only diner there. Looking over the menu I chose the Rosemary Ham and Blue Cheese (you can also get it with Triple Cream Brie). The first thing I noticed about the sandwich when it arrived was the artistic arrangement of the food. Continue reading