Singyun Chinese Restaurant – Provencher


I find myself going down Provencher Boulevard, both on foot and on bus, quite frequently. One restaurant that has often caught my eye is Singyun Chinese restaurant. Two things about it really catch the eye. The first is the exterior of the building which is a bright, lemon yellow, with signage that looks like it has seen much better days. The second is they advertise a lunch buffet, which for the longest time was $8.99 including a canned drink, but by the time I got around to trying it was $9.75.

Shingyun decor

The upper section of the restaurant looks like it was at one time a Mediterranean restaurant, and the new owners couldn’t afford or be bothered to change the decor.

Stepping inside the interior isn’t that much more inspiring. On the bottom level, where the buffet table is, there are three or four tables up against the window(I didn’t bother to count). Upstairs, which I didn’t visit until my third time here, it looks like you’ve stepped into an attempt to recreate the ambiance of a Mediterranean beach cafe. It appears like something out of the Cognitive Dissonance school of interior design.

Of course, I primarily go to restaurants for the food, and as it turns out, Singyun does that quite well.  Which is also a reminder to not let the decor throw me off. Continue reading

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Chocolatier Constance Popp


Now that the weather is warming up again, I find going out for a walk in the middle of the day a more frequent and pleasant activity. It also means that I’m more often in the Provencher area. This means trips for coffee to Café Postal. At some point I also hope to visit Dwarf No Cachet. However, the most tempting spot on Provencher is undoubtedly Chocolatier Constance Popp .

Chocolatier Constance Popp was originally opened in the St. James area of Winnipeg. As long as it was out there, it was quite a ways off my beaten path. The next move was briefly to the underground mall in the Richardson Concourse before settling into the current location on Provencher.

Dark cchocolate Bar

A dark chocolate, chocolate bar from Chocolatier Constance Popp.

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