Some say that food is art; others consider art food for the soul. These savvy local restaurants take a holistic approach, offering diners a double dose of culture.
Located atop the nations’s oldest public art gallery, Table (pictured above) has a refined menu inspired by the gallery’s feature exhibit.
• Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd, 204-948-0085, website.
The prosciutto and fig pizza at Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery salutes creativity with an inspired combination of texture and flavour mimicked by the stunning work of Manitoba artists on the walls.
• Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Ave, 204-975-2659, website.
The two levels of South Osborne’s Deseo Bistro are always adorned with the art of friends and employees. Artist’s work whet appetites for playful plates like sweet and sour anise-laced chorizo and figs.
• 696 Osborne St, 204-452-2561, website.
Cafe Carlo displays pieces by Winnipeg artists and has an intimate interest in creation, as Executive Chef Dave Hyde is a painter himself. Pan-fried pickerel is artfully enhanced by a brown butter vinaigrette with parsley and just a hint of garlic.
• 243 Lilac St, 204-477-5544, website.
Local graffiti artist Pat Lazo brings street art indoors with edgy murals. The vibrant Asian-Latin mash ups on the menu are reflected in the décor at The Merchant Kitchen, where a giant red rooster dominates the rustic-chic brick wall. Tuck into sushi burritos and rice bowls at Chosabi, and feast eyes on a beautiful koi fish which symbolizes prosperity and success.
•The Merchant Kitchen, 314 Donald St, 204-615-2278, website.
• Chosabi, 100 King St, 204-615-8338, website.