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local food

Chef Spotlight: Wayne Martin

By Teena Legris

CAPITAL COMFORT

After years cooking in Vancouver, Chef Wayne Martin has embraced the authenticity of Winnipeg. Since opening Capital Grill and Bar three years ago, he has been impressing diners with exacting techniques applied to unfussy comfort food. This self-professed chef of the everyman sprinkles hints of his west coast tenure, throughout his menu, like a Dungeness crab cake that has made waves within his fanbase. Accompanying Granny Smith apple slaw accompaniment demonstrates the expertise of his kitchen. Experience a perfect blend of haute and homey at 3116 Roblin Blvd, 204-615-3116.

To check out Chef Wayne Martin’s recipes, go to ciaowinnipeg.com.

Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

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Downtown at Gio on Market Street, Chef Bee Choo Chair gives traditional recipes an inventive new twist. Her version of poutine includes fried polenta fingers topped with duck confit, red wine jus, and blue “Cheez Whiz.” Open for lunch and dinner, Gio has a curated wine list and a creative mixed drinks menu.

SOUL FOOD

Photo: Timothy Richard

Photo: Timothy Richard

As the weather turns chillier, cozy up in a booth at Stayner’s Wharf Pub and Grill. The menu here has plenty to keep you warm, including steak and chicken dishes, plus local fare like pan-fried haddock and curry-crusted salmon. Most evenings offer live music, too.

SEASONS CHANGE

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There’s a new executive chef in the kitchen at Seasons by Atlantica on Robie Street. Chef Daniel Orovec is passionate about showcasing local ingredients on his new menu, which includes seafood favourites such as bacon-wrapped scallops and seafood linguini with saffron cream. “It’s about supporting local food and letting good ingredients shine on their own,” he says.

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Photo: NS Tourism Agency

Photo: NS Tourism Agency

On Lower Water Street, McKelvie’s takes fresh seafood to new creative heights. Try the maple-roasted bacon wrapped scallops or the lobster poutine with hand-cut fries. The crunchy haddock is another top seller, with creamy BBQ sauce and garlic mashed potatoes.

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Specializing in thin crust, New York Italian-style pizza for over 20 years, Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo in The Hydrostone has doubled its seating capacity thanks to a recent renovation. The restaurant kept its signature Italian-style décor and stucco walls, but it now has a sleek bar area serving local brews on tap.

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With chef Renée Lavallée at the helm, The Canteen on Ochterloney Street in Dartmouth serves up a flavourful array of sandwiches, salads, and take-out meals featuring fresh local ingredients. The bread is baked on-site, including gluten-free options.

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Specializing in Chinese cuisine since 1984, Great Wall, located downtown on Bedford Row, boasts robust Cantonese and Szechuan dishes such as Kung Po shrimp and Singapore vermicelli. Owner Patrick Wong also offers tasty Dim Sum on Sundays from 11:30am to 3pm.

Hot Dining: Prairie Pizza Boy

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Chef Eric Lee at Pizzeria Gusto has a reputation for redefining Italian classics through a local lens. The energetic 35-year-old nurtures key relationships with a number of small-scale Manitoba growers and producers to ensure his kitchen is always has the freshest ingredients. This practice is apparent at first bite. Lee’s caprese salad is always juicy with plump tomatoes, dressed in verdant pesto that delivers a peppery hit of arugula and crowned with the silky tang of buffalo Mozzarella. With local greenhouse-grown tomatoes, herbs and greens arriving twice a week and year-round this clever chef has cracked the climate code, serving a real taste of summer to Winnipeggers in winter. 404 Academy Rd, 204-944-8786.