Izakaya Edokko – Downtown Winnipeg

I’ve been making more use of the Millennium Library in the last little while, so I find myself traveling up and down the streets in that area a little bit more than usual. Recently, I saw signs for Izakaya Edokko, a new Japanese restaurant.

Izakaya Edokko salad

A delightful little salad served as a starter each time I visited Izakaya Edokko.

Located on the main floor of Place Louis Riel. Place Louis Riel was formerly a hotel, but now is a combo hotel-apartment building, and has closed it’s in-house restaurant. That space is what Izakaya Edokko has taken over. The space has been nicely redecorated. There main space contains a sushi bar, a few four seat tables, and along one wall a series of tables that can easily be turned into one long table for a large party. In the back there is another room with a bar and several more tables. I haven’t ventured into that section on any of my visits.

The restaurant is a new project for Chef Masa Sugita, the man behind Masa on Pembina, and Yujiro on Grant. Continue reading


Fusian Experience – Forks Market

The transformation of the centre of The Forks Market continues to take shape. One of the biggest changes is that most of the new food vendors are more upscale. Fusian Experience falls into this category.

Miso Soup from Fusian Experience

Fusian Experience Miso Soup.

Fusian Experience brings the flavours and styles of their Academy Road location in a stripped down version to The Forks. The menu is roughly divided in half between traditional sushi, and contemporary tapas.

Fusian Experience Sushi

On my first visit I opted for the Bento Box. This consisted of two rolls, a Dynamite Roll and a California Roll.

Fusian Experience Bento Box

The Fusian Experience Bento Box

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Seoul Nami – Downtown, Underground

The other day I was underground at Portage and Main and decided I would make a stop for lunch at Seoul Nami which sits in the rotunda between Winnipeg Square and the Richardson building.

A good though oddly priced, $1.67, Miso soup

A good though oddly priced, $1.67, Miso soup

There has been a lot of talk recently about possibly re-opening Portage and Main to pedestrian traffic. Moving to Winnipeg in 1980, I’ve only known a closed corner. Meanwhile, the underground has been part of my life at various times. I worked at Henry Armstrong’s in Winnipeg Square and banked at the TD branch undergound at the intersection. My first regular coffee place was the Second Cup that was open there at one time. I’ve stopped at the food court at Winnipeg Square for late lunch on several occasions. 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 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

Mooshiro Sushi: All I Could Eat

Last November I paid a visit to Sushi Gen, on Portage Avenue.  My intent was to follow it up quite quickly with a visit to Mooshiro.  Mooshiro is another all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant, located just past Portage and Maryland.  The first difference you notice between the two restaurants is that the Mooshiro dinner buffer, which I tried, is five dollars less than the Sushi Gen dinner buffet.  So, is it a better bargain?

My Three Basics at Mooshiro Sushi:

There is a lot of variety in sushi menus. There are though, three dishes that I usually try when I go to a new sushi joint.  The first is the Miso soup.  The Mooshiro Miso was definitely as good as Sushi Gen.  The second is the Wakame (Seaweed Salad).  This was rather disappointing as it didn’t have quite the flavour, and there didn’t seem to have any white sesame seeds on top.  The third is the dynamite roll, which is a little better, but still rather pedestrian.  All in all I’d call these three dishes a saw-off.

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Kimchi Cafe in the Exchange

Kimchi Cafe

My off works hours for the last two weeks were largely taken up by the Fringe Festival.  I bought a buddy pass and saw 14 shows.  I also took time to review 12 of them.  I didn’t review the last two I saw as the festival was almost over, and I was wearing out.   I was working full-time, so meals at home weren’t always on my schedule.

Fortunately, there are a lot of convenient and reasonably priced meal options right in the Exchange District.  This year there were three food trucks out.  Little Bones Chicken Wingery, which I tried for the first time at last year’s Fringe.  Habanero Sombrero, and Stuff it were also out.

Given that the weather was either rainy or at best uncertain, it’s always nice to be able to get out of the elements as well.  So, on a couple of occasions I decided to head up Albert Street to the Kimchi Cafe.  Kimchi Cafe is a little restaurant on the main floor of a larger building along the east side of Albert St.  It advertises itself as offering Korean and Japanese cuisine.

Kimchi roll

Kimchi Cafe Spicy Tuna Roll

I can’t vouch for the whole menu, as it is quite large, but I have been pleased with all the dishes I’ve tried.  The prices are quite reasonable and you can dine in satisfying fashion for $10-12, or feast it up for around $20. (all prices for food, alcohol extra). Continue reading