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Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Hidden Gem Restaurants

Folio Cafe courtesy CMU

Folio Cafe courtesy CMU

These little-known, out of the way, or surprising locales offer stellar eats for city explorers.

Folio Café

Find Folio Café neaby Assiniboine Park, tucked within Canadian Mennonite University’s library and book store. Awash in natural light, the open, glass-walled room (pictured above) is a restful stop for lattes, housemade soups, and scoops of Eva’s Gelato. 

  • 2299 Grant Ave, 204‑487‑3300 (ext 698), foliocafe.ca
  • Map and Reviews

Café Dario

One of the best prix fixe meals in the city is found inside a converted West End house. Café Dario serves a five course tasting meal of vibrant Latin-influenced cuisine inside the cozy, colourful space. 

Courtesy Fusian Experience

Courtesy Fusian Experience

Fusian Experience

In a city with no shortage of strip mall dining, Fusian Experience sets the standard with surprising, elegant tastes. The nondescript exterior gives way to a sleek, intimate room serving unique fusion items like torched whelks (pictured) and miso glazed cod pasta. 612 Academy Rd, 204‑691‑9334

Centre Place Café

The city’s best kept lunch secret may just be cafeteria-style Centre Place Café within the newly expanded RBC Convention Centre. Dine on refined, wallet friendly entrées, like salmon filet in lemon cream sauce, in one of many glass walled seating areas offering diverse views of corporate downtown. 375 York Ave, 1‑800‑565‑7776, Map 1: P-3

Courtesy Creme deL'Essence

Courtesy Creme deL’Essence

Crème deL’Essence

Hidden in a small concrete building next to an industrial park, Crème deL’Essence rewards those who make the 20 minute drive from downtown. Chef RJ Urbano’s flavourful, upscale brunch fare plays fast and loose with culinary boundaries, with creations like waffles topped with shaved foie gras. 1833 Inkster Blvd, 204‑694‑2225, Map 2: B-3

  • 2299 Grant Ave, 204‑487‑3300 (ext 698), facebook page
  • Map and Reviews

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