Awesome place! It's a huge space that has a few different sections to sit in ranging from booths, bar style tables/chairs to lounge style seats. There's even pool tables. I was there on a Tuesday night and the place definitely filled up by about 9 pm. It was a mixed crowd that had a casual, fun yet laid back vibe! It was lively yet you can carry a conversation with the people near you.
The focus here is on the wide variety of beers they carry. The beers range from about $4 - $9 so it can be pricey depending on which beer you select. I like how the menu's main page is a map of the world listing all the origins of the beers. They also serve martinis, cocktails, and shooters but a very small offering of wines. I wish I noticed the beer flights earlier - it's $9 for 4 - 4 oz pours but I think it's only available for a certain selection of beers.
They have a great Happy Hour special which runs from 4 pm to 7 pm daily and is 40% off beers and all tapas are $8 each. Great deal!!! I have a new obsession now - Poutine Quebecer pizza ($13.99) - potato wedges, ground beef, red onions, MB Cheese Curds, and gravy. It sort of reminds me of the perogy pizza from BP but way better. The potatoes were tender and well seasoned and I loved the cheese curds! Also loved the Chimay Belgian beer made by Trappist Monks - delish! Their non-classic martinis ($6.69) are on the sweeter side so I'd stick with the beers.
Server we had was awesome! She was friendly, knowledgeable and even reminded us to put in some extra orders before the 7 pm happy hour cut off! So we ordered an extra few rounds to tie us over for a bit. LOL.
One of my fave restaurants as I almost always get a great meal and service. The food is pretty consistent - love the oysters, chopped salad, (real) crab cakes and beef carpaccio. For the mains, I love the salmon and the steaks. Their steaks are served with their signature sauce (mustard base with Guiness) and garnished with potato and a veg. Good prices at $36 for 10 ounce striploin or a 16 ounce bone in rib eye. Great place for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends. It's a lively atmosphere when it's full without being overly loud.
Great staff there as well!
It's a nice low key lounge but they really gotta work on their chairs. A must for any lounge is great seating, one that you would want to linger in for hours on end comfortably while sipping endlessly on drinks. At this place, the seating were considerably lower than any lounge I've been at and worst of all, the seats were overly soft and were not appropriate to the height of the table (very annoying). It's a Fairmont - can't they invest in some new cushions? I felt like I was sinking into my seat the whole night.
The place was nearly full on a Saturday night and the noise level was lively yet comfortable enough to hold conversation in. The crowd is definitely more mature, somewhere between 45-50 (too old for me). It didn't feel pretentious but it also isn't the type of place where you go people watching. :-)
The menu has a lot of appy's to nosh on - it was an eclectic menu with nachos, tuna and then some Indian inspired dishes. Desserts are available at $9 each, we tried the chocolate fondant cake with raspberry coulis. It tasted more like a very rich and creamy brownie as opposed to the lava cake it should've been. I've had other similar cakes I've had before, which are typically baked as ordered so you get the warm cake and oozy chocolate filling - that didn't happen here.
The drink menu is diverse but I was disappointed in the wine offerings; nothing great to try. There are a decent number of wines by the glass in a different sizes, starting at 5 oz and around $9-$12 a glass. At $12-$14 for a cocktail, which is rather pricey in Wpg but normal in larger cities, there should be more innovative cocktails as opposed to an updated Singapore Sling.
Service is nice but kinda guarded depending on who you get. Although I found it odd that we had 3 different servers in a span of an hour - I prefer continuity.
It's a very classic steakhouse look, dark woods and very traditional decor and leans towards a very "mature" crowd.
Supposedly the best steakhouse in Winnipeg...but I was sorely disappointed. I went here for lunch and was disappointed with the food. Maybe it's a less skillful/experienced staff at lunch time? To me, nothing ruins a good piece of meat like overseasoning it. I had the 12 oz New York and it was obviously over salted as I could see the steak covered in coarse salt granules. I took a bite and all I could taste was salt! I returned the steak - something I rarely do. The second go around was a charred steak - the exterior had way too much char, so it tasted like a burnt steak even though it was cooked to a nice medium rare inside. Grilling is good, but don't char the entire surface. I didn't return the second steak because who wants to be "that" person who keeps returning meals. The sides were also very underwhelming and pedestrian. But I have to say that the patio in the back is very beautiful and tranquil. It's one of the more unique patios in Winnipeg - I'd go back to enjoy that scenery though.
Now, to the lounge...it's a tiny room, with about 6 tables in there along with the bar. It's very dark in there along with the rest of the decor, and a very bright plasma TV in the corner that is very distracting due to the extremes in lighting. But, I understand that every bar/lounge needs to have at least one TV. Anyhow, despite the traditional looking lounge, I really enjoyed the ambiance. Yes, you do get distracted by the large groups walking in and out of the main dining rooms but overall, it's a comfortable room. I love the chairs, very comfy and very important in a lounge. How else would one lounge around for hours on end? They have a very extensive and expensive wine book for those who are so inclined. Numerous wines by the glasses and a plethora of hard liquor to make those stiff drinks with. The staff were really friendly and very helpful in helping us select our drinks. We also enjoyed a plate of beef carpaccio - thin slices of beef tenderloin drizzled with olive oil and with slices of Parmagiano Reggiano shavings and green onions. It was a good dish but not the best beef carpaccio I've had.
I think service here is much better in the evening and I'm sure the steaks are prepared and cooked better than it is at the lunch hour. But at the prices they are charging, the quality of the food and service should be very consistent.
Great lounge! It's got a great retro feel to it as the dark wood, red chairs and red lighting continue into this "L" shaped room. It's a fairly busy room on a late Saturday night full of people dining away on a less formal meal. The crowd ranged from groups of seniors to the middle aged set with a sprinkling of of tables in the under 35 category. I think one of the most important things in a lounge are comfortable chairs that are in proper portion of the table! Not many lounges achieve this - but the lounge here has super comfy red chairs that swivel and roll with small round tables.
There's a decent amount of wines to choose from (5 oz and 9 oz). We tried their chocolate cake ($6.50); it has three layers of cake and icing...very big so one should share this. The chocolate cake was a little dry and the icing was quite sweet and had a deep coffee taste that I didn't really enjoy.
The bar menu is really just a shortened version of the regular menu. Though you have to ask for a dessert menu if that's what you're there for.
On another visit, we tried their weekend special, which is a breakfast for $11.75 (also served on holidays). This breakfast includes a very small glass of OJ (maybe 3 ounces), bacon & sausages, two eggs, home fried potatoes, toast with marmalade or jam. I'd order another drink cause the OJ is easily finished in two sips. I wonder why they give you so little juice, especially since it's more of the Tropicana variety than freshly squeezed? You get like 3 strips of bacon and 4 sausages but you can also get all bacon or all sausage too. I asked if there was a vegetarian option - silly of me to do that at this place! I'm not vegetarian but I'm not a fan of that much fatty pork in one sitting sometimes. She just said that I could opt out of that but she didn't say that the price would be discounted so I chose to take the bacon and sausage. The bacon was good - very crispy and delicious, the sausage I didn't enjoy as much. The scrambled eggs I got seemed like it was more than 2 eggs as it took up half of my plate! Probably the best scrambled eggs I've ever had in the city. Very creamy and soft, the way scrambled eggs should be. The potatoes were good and the rye toast is pre-buttered and tastes good. All in all, a very filling breakfast - too much for me but I think would be a great breakfast for those who love those classic breakie items. Breakfast was a little slow despite the fact that we were there around 1:30 pm. Note: breakfast is done at 2 pm on the weekends.
Love, love, love this place! The only thing I don't like is the no reservation policy they have. It's such a popular place that it can be a long wait to get in on some nights. But I think it's worth it and have eaten here about half a dozen times this past year - including NYE (which did have reservations available for that night only).
I love the food here - it's interesting dishes that you'd be hard pressed to find around town. Name me a place that prepares squid ink risotto or roasted bone marrow? These are items you can easily find on menus in larger metropolitan cities but in our fair city, we're a little behind in the food scene.
Food service is usually very quick so I suggest keeping one menu, ordering a couple of items initially and just re-order as needed. It's great to order a wide variety of dishes to share but probably 3-4 dishes per person is probably more than enough for dinner. The main menu is good but I usually look forward to the daily specials since that's where the kitchen shines! Some delicious specials that I've had are: lobster risotto; roasted squab, and squid ink risotto. The squid ink risotto is memorable because the dish was so black! The squid ink was painted with the stroke of a brush on the white plate and the pitch black risotto sat in the middle with only a few calamari rings laid on top. There was no specific taste to the squid ink but it was more of the bold black color that was so shocking to see. Otherwise, it was a perfectly cooked risotto dish.
The roasted bone marrow with grilled bread and parsley salad ($5). I could eat this everyday; I always order this one on every visit! I love how the parsley salad cuts the buttery richness of the marrow. Another winner are the seared scallops with cauliflower puree with sherry raisins and crispy capers ($11). You get three very large and perfectly cooked scallops that sits on a bed of the most velvety smooth cauliflower puree. The braised Berkshire pork belly with quince puree ($10) is crispy, rich and delicious! The grilled hangar steak with beetroot, valdeon cheese and horseradish salsa verde ($10) - I really enjoyed the valdeon cheese (Spanish blue cheese) with the meat. Hangar is flavourful though not the most tender cut so don't go any further than medium rare. The albacore tuna with a putanesca sauce ($12) is another winner - perfectly seared tuna with a well balanced addictive sauce.
I'm not a dessert girl but the few times I've tried something, it has been good. The dark chocolate torte with cardamon ice cream and pine nut brittle ($6) had a lot of interesting flavours that all balanced each other. I didn't think I'd like the cardamon ice cream but it went really well with the torte.
The only thing suggestion I would make is to increase the selections of wines by the glass. Otherwise, this is a great place to just enjoy a couple of tapas and some wine or a larger number of tapas for dinner - the latter can add up your bill very quickly but it's well worth it.
The Palm Room lounge is located in the Fort Garry Hotel in the lobby. It's a gorgeous room that matches the rest of the hotel's traditional decor. This round shaped room is a large venue of leather lounge chairs and dark wooden tables where one can dine on the small hotel menu offerings or a drink from the bar. There are local musicians that perform nightly in this venue, usually a solo piano player or accompanied by a singer, usually jazz. I enjoy the music here but I find that the music can get quite loud...to the point of distraction at times. But, it's an enjoyable place to go to with a few friends or on a date that offers a more sophisticated atmosphere.
The staff seem to be hit and miss there - at times they can be really prompt and nice and but then there are other times where they seem aloof and even a tad snooty.
The crowd here also leans to the older segment on some nights...a little geriatric at times but I think it's because not too many younger people know of this place. It's also the kind of place that you can dress up and not feel overdressed yet also walk in with casual street clothes and feel comfortable in.
The food menu is pretty generic with its offerings of overpriced hotel food like burgers and fries for $15, salads, chicken fingers, enchiladas etc. I've had the pizza and burger here and didn't think much of it. You can probably get a better meal elsewhere for the same price or less. The dessert menu is okay but I've never had anything that was exceptional there. But to me, this place is best to have a drink at.
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