Bento Sushi Express – Portage Place


From time to time I like to try out different Food Court restaurants in local malls. Most of the time, these places aren’t all that spectacular but once in a while you run across one that is quite good. Such a place is Sushi June in CityPlace. Having enjoyed Sushi June, I thought I would give the Bento Sushi Express location in Portage Place a try.

Bento Sushi Express Bento Box

The Bento Sushi Express Bento Box. A bit of a mixed bag.

My first visit was around closing time for the food court, and I wasn’t sure that they would have all their menu items available. So, I picked up one of their packaged rolls, figuring if nothing else I would get a second one if the menu items weren’t available. Happily, when I ordered the Beef Udon soup, there was no problem getting it made for me.

The soup was quite good. I was pleased with the richness of the broth and there is also a good portion of tender beef, and lots of noodles as well. Continue reading

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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

Free Press News Cafe


For the last 10 days I’ve been on holidays. Mainly I was taking in the Jazz Winnipeg Festival. I’ll have a couple of more posts to write on that in the next day or two. A lot of the venues are real close to each other, and several make food available as part of the Club Pass shows. One of the venues that I’ve visited several times in the past but never written about is the Free Press News Cafe.

Free Press News Cafe

Free Press News Cafe Sign with specials and announcement for show.

The Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe came online, so to speak, around the time I first got serious about blogging and social media. Over the years I’ve visited for discussions on social media, elections, and book launches among other things. Several of these events involved food supplied by the Cafe, but I’ve never really sat down to find out about their food. Continue reading