Back to the Forks
Our second dinner out while in Winnipeg also took place at The Forks (see previous blog). But this time we went to The Current Restaurant and Lounge located inside The Inn at The Forks. On a side note, The Inn also houses The Riverstone Spa which I visited with my sister and niece before my sister’s wedding for the “Deserving Thyme Foot Therapy Treatment” which is a spa pedicure performed as you lay back in a zero gravity chair with an eye pillow, blanket and aromatherapy. Very unique and definitely must try if you are in the area.
The Restaurant
The Current features many local food items as well has a host of others from across Canada. The decor included white linen and black accents and crystal chandeliers. The space was very large but divided into smaller sections to make it a bit less open. We sat by large windows looking to the rest of the Forks. Not a great view but better than nothing. The floor was covered with a patterned carpet, more hotel lobby design than fine dining restaurant.
Menu and Food
We were offered both a three course price fix menu for $37 and an a la Carte menu. Since we had just enjoyed the four course price fix menu at Sydney’s the night before Jeff , Mom and I all decided to go chose from the a la Carte menu. We ordered Martinis to start the evening off (mom and Jeff the classic and I a fruity version) and were served an amuse bouche of a tender lamb slice and a bread basket with three delicious spreads, one of which I am now trying to replicate at home. For starters Jeff and I shared the Wild Caught Scallops and mom enjoyed the Duck Confit Paté. The scallops were cooked perfectly, well seared on the outside and just done in the centre. They were served with crisp proscuitto and a bit unexpected but tasty fennel salad. The Duck Paté was a large portion served warm in a ceramic bowl with toast points and a small salad and was tasty and very rich. Mom ended up taking half home and ordering another appetizer size plate for dinner instead of a full entree. For a main course Jeff ordered the Shellfish Risotto, mom the Spot Prawns and I the fish special of the day. The Risotto was a huge portion filled with lobster, crab and scallops. The lobster was a bit tough but the crab and scallops were tender and juicy an the risotto creamy. The fish of the day was an Alaskan Halibut served with baby carrots, squash and beets. The halibut was also a large portion but a bit overcooked around the edges; the veggies were delicious. For the second night in a row we ordered the Inniskillin 2007 Dark Horse Meritage. This time only one bottle as there were only three of us and our flight was leaving at 7am to return home to Vancouver.
Both of our restaurant experience in Winnipeg on this trip were very good, both in terms of food and service. But our favourite Winnipeg experience is still “529 Wellington” and Whistler’s La Rua still remain’s our number one. On our next trip we will try out some more.