Thousands of miles from his birthplace, Chef Stéphane Wild has erected a culinary alter to Alsace at Bistro Chez Sophie. Since the French-bred traditionalist set up shop in Winnipeg’s French Quarter seven years ago, he has become locally renowned for his time-honoured family recipes and consistent, flawless execution. With an arsenal of butter, cream and cheese the sincere, proud chef treats diners to a taste of his heritage. Each indulgent béchamel-smothered smoked salmon crepe and fluffy, soufflé-like cheesecake is a masterful execution of practiced and proven ‘true cooking’. 284 ave de la Cathédrale Ave, 204-235-0353.
Our guide to Winnipeg’s Crème Brûlée (Photo: mrgarin)
This French classic can be found here, there and everywhere, but it takes a true torch and sugar master to nail it. Here, we bring you a rundown of the Winnipeg’s best crème brûlée offerings. Indulge in local chefs interpretations of this rich dessert topped with tantalizing discs of crackling caramelized goodness.
At Peasant Cookery, Chef Tristan Foucault delights in transforming what might be waste into elegant, appetizing plates. This master of charcuterie cures everything on the board in-house, from beef tongue to porchetta di testa. Exciting renditions of classic French dishes feature elevated touches, like cassoulet with duck confit and housemade garlic sausage. Diners adore both the restaurant’s nose-to-tail philosophy and window-wrapped dining room, situated in the picturesque Exchange District adjacent to Old Market Square. 283 Bannatyne Ave, 204-989-7700.