Nou Eul Tor – Korean Restaurant


I’m not really a make a reservation type of person. I tend to show up and hope that I’ll find myself a seat. Sometimes this works out well, and sometimes it means I have to go visit a restaurant a few times before I complete two visits. Still other times, it leads me to trying places I wasn’t expecting to try, One such reason place is Nou Eul Tor, a Korean Restaurant on Sargent Avenue.

I’ve actually walked past this restaurant on several occasions, but there has always been something about it that made me hesitate to enter. However, the other night, the Emerald Palace told me there would be a 45 minute to one hour wait before I would get a seat and my order taken, so I decided I would head a little farther west on Sargent. Nou Eul Tor was the first restaurant I came across. I saw from their posted hours that they would be open long enough to enjoy a meal so I headed on in.

Nou Dul Tor Kimchi

Kimchi from Nou Eul Tor.

The main body of the restaurant is long and narrow, with most of the tables against one wall, and a few on the kitchen side. There is also a room with a table for a larger group. The tables are dark wood and brown and white are the other dominant colours, giving the place a rather subdued feel. Continue reading

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Rice Bowl Restaurant – Sargent Avenue


One thing about reviewing restaurants is I often find myself no longer stopping at places I had once visited. The algorithms constantly demand new and fresh material, and so places, such as Rice Bowl, on Sargent become places I used to visit.

However, recently I decided I wanted to visit there again after a few years absence. Unfortunately, although I’ve paid three visits over the last couple of weeks or so, my camera acted up and I only have two photos total to show for three visits.

Rice Bowl Lumpia Shanghai

Lumpia Shanghai from Rice Bowl.

Rice Bowl is a unprepossessing little building. Stepping inside, the decor is also very basic. However, there are plenty of seats, and on all three visits, I had no trouble finding a place to sit.  Continue reading

Village Diner – Sargent Avenue


Last year I started hearing about the restaurant inside the Osborne Hotel, and that it was a great place for home-style comfort foods. Before I got a chance to visit, it was closed down as part of the changes that are coming to the hotel. I didn’t really think about it again, until I saw that it had popped up again on Sargent Avenue.

The new location once housed an Indian restaurant. Truth be told I wasn’t even aware that the Indian restaurant had closed.

Village Diner coffee

Coffee from The Village Diner

If you read Dining with Donald with regularity you know that service is important to me. One of the things that caught my eye about Village Diner was the presence of Mallory Letkeman as front of house manager. Continue reading

Gohe Ethiopian Restaurant


Although it’s been open for a while, it’s only recently that I’ve really noticed Gohe Ethiopian Restaurant on Sargent Avenue. I really enjoy Ethiopian food, I quite like taking the Injera and using it to scoop up my food in a meal otherwise devoid of utensils. Ethiopian food also tends to be quite spicy especially if you add lot of Berberi, the spice that dominates a lot of Ethiopian cooking.

Gohe Injera

Injera on the side at Gohe

Walking into Gohe the interior is fairly stark. One thing I did notice is that the restaurant is quite dark. Even in mid afternoon the low lighting keeps what is otherwise a large open space quite dim.

Late Lunch at Gohe

I stopped one day at Gohe later in the afternoon. That meant that there weren’t a lot of people in the restaurant at the time. I looked over the menu and noticed they had a weekend special called Tiere Siga:

Raw Beef served with Awaze (hot and spicy Berbere sauce) and Hot Mustard.

I thought a raw beef dish might be interesting. I’m reasonably adventurous, so I decided to give the dish a try. My server came back from the kitchen to make sure I was aware that I had ordered Raw Beef, and I said I was. However, I was expecting something more along the lines of Steak Tartare. The Tiere Siga turned out to be chunks of raw beef. However the Awaze made eating the dish quite pleasant. Continue reading

Vietnam Restaurant


If you like value in your restaurant experiences. Restaurants in strip malls are usually a good bet. One such place in Winnipeg’s West End is Vietnam Restaurant. Located just north of Sargent Avenue in a strip mall that contains a pizza joint, laundromat and medical centr, Vietnam Restaurant has been delivering quality food for many years. For me it’s a favourite that I return to periodically.

The interior hasn’t changed much in many years. The tables and chairs are comfortable but there is nothing remarkable about the place. Generally the one TV in the place is on with either some sporting event or foreign language TV show airing. This includes glass table tops that underneath the glass include a very favourable review of the restaurant from Marion Warhaft of the Winnipeg Free Press. The review is dated 1997. Although the the menu has changed a little from when the review was written, the food is still very good.

A 20 year old review still adorns the tables.

A 20 year old review still adorns the tables.

Quick Dining at Vietnam Restaurant

One of the features of Vietnamese cuisine that I like is that it is fresh and fast. I’ve often found myself stopping at Vietnam Restaurant on days when I’ve had a full day, and I just want something good and quick on my way home. I find Vietnamese soups do this particularly well. My personal favourite is beef Phô with it’s mixture of beef slices, beef balls and tendon. Depending on the mood I’m in I’ll spice it up with a little Sriracha. I also like to toss the little red peppers into the soup, and I do eat them as well.

beef-soup

When I’m not in the mood for soup, I like to go for a curry dish. My favourite is beef with onions. I’m of the opinion that a dish can never have too much onion, or garlic for that matter, and the sizzling curry beef at Vietnam Restaurant certainly delivers in that regard. The dish also comes with a generous portion of rice that is included in the price of the meal. No extra buck or two for rice here.

Curry beef with lots of onions

Curry beef with lots of onions

Rice comes included with the curry beef

Rice comes included with the curry beef

Another feature of the Vietnamese restaurant is the Salad Roll. When I was here I order the Pork Salad Roll. The rolls were stuffed with pork which was roasted in some form of marinade or gravy. This left the pork very moist. It also produced a Salad Roll that didn’t need to be dipped in the peanut sauce. It’s always a good sign if a dish doesn’t need a dipping sauce to be flavourful. At the same time, the marinade that the pork had been cooked in wasn’t so overpowering that it took away from the peanut sauce.

Plenty of flavour even without using the peanut sauce.

Plenty of flavour even without using the peanut sauce.

Vietnam offers a variety of drink choices. There are one or two beers available. There is also soda pop, and a few specialty drinks. For me, I’ll always order the same drink. Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk. It comes either hot or cold. As a result it’s the right choice any time of year. The same could be said of the restaurant as a whole. Doesn’t matter when you go, you can’t go wrong.
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