Eat Your Way Through Manitoba

with Winnipeg leading the charge on the culinary landscape, Manitoba’s food scene is heating up

In the last five years, Manitoba has really come into its own as a culinary destination. The likes of the LA Times and Vogue have recently raved about capital city Winnipeg’s food scene that pulls on its multicultural roots while noting the abundance of small plates restaurants, craft cocktail bars, cafés, tapas bars and breweries. Here are a few options to try in Winnipeg and beyond.

On the forefront of Winnipeg’s culinary revolution are restaurants like Clementine Café — named one of Canada’s best new restaurants for its modern take on brunch, Segovia — a favourite for Spanish-style tapas, and Enoteca and Máquè — sister restaurants showcasing fine dining fusion.

There is also Deer + Almond — serving modern home-style fare, whose chef Mandel Hitzer, along with partner Joe Kalturnyk, has spearheaded a new trend in pop-up restaurants that embraces food, design and Manitoba’s winters. RAW:almond features a temporary structure built on the frozen river at Winnipeg’s most popular gathering place, The Forks. As the design of the pop-up restaurant changes every year, so too does the roster of esteemed guest chefs. This popular dining event sells out quickly, but no advance tickets are required to enjoy the skate-up brunch on weekends. The town of Churchill, on Manitoba’s northern coast along the Hudson Bay, is host to RAW:churchill. Built inside the walls of a 300- year-old fur trade fort, the pop-up restaurant features a transparent roof — allowing guests to feast on meals prepared with heritage ingredients while watching the northern lights dancing overhead.