Real food from the land
As soon as I read the tag line on the website I knew we had to try it. And a visit to Winnipeg is not complete without trying at least one new restaurant with my mom and sis. So on my last day in town we headed to Peasant Cookery on Bannatyne Street in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner seven days a week. The lunch and dinner menus change monthly and use local and unique ingredients. If you do not read all the way to the bottom, know that this is a place that you should definitely try. I am looking forward to a return visit next time we are in Winnipeg. The food and the service were both very good.
Peasant Cookery is housed inside a heritage building. We really liked the layout of the main dining room. It was very open with round and square tables as well as large booths and a row of window seats. The bar/lounge is actually across the hall and looks like a great place for an after work drink and a snack.
The tables and chairs have a comfortable farm house feel and the window sills are lined with pickles, preserves and other canned goods just like your Gramma’s were. The view out the window across Bannatyne or King is of other heritage buildings.
Peasant Cookery was great for a group of 3 but would also be nice for a larger group.
The charcutrie and cheese lists also change regularly and are posted on large chalk boards in the dining room. Both are available as a selection of the chef’s favorites for $16. In the lounge smaller portions are available.
We started with the “Charcuterie” ($16) – a selection of house made sausages, pâtés and terrines. Ours included hunter sausage, chicken liver mousse, pepperoni, bresola, langue de porc, pate du campange and soppresatta accompanied by dijon, pickled asparagus, pickels and cruistads. Yes langue du parc is pork tongue of which we were not huge fans. My favoritie was the hunter sausage but my sister loved the chicken liver pate. It was all very tasty and nicely presented. We had to ask our server what each was several times and she was happy to help.
The “Tourtiere” ($17) was served with greens or fries. The pastry was not too heavy and the filling was very flavorful. The salad had a nice lemon vinaigrette. This was a winner.
The “Pastrami Sandwich” ($9) is not what you would typically expect. House made pastrami (yes house made) is served on top of focaccia with dijon mustard and parmesan cheese. The whole thing is topped with a medium fried egg that ‘ooozes’ just the right amount of goodness over the top when cut into. Add a side of greens or fries for $3. This was also a winner.
The “Aged Cheddar Gnocchi” ($17.50) is also made fresh in house. It is tossed with sun dried tomatoes, piquillo peppers, spinach and red onions in a herbed oil. The portion was large enough for leftovers. And mom who is a spinach lover really enjoyed her choice.
We finished with a cup of “Manitoba Rooibos” ($4) in which the Rooibos is imported and then flavored with dried Manitoba berries or plants. It was so good I found out that it was available at Cornelia Bean at 417 Academy Road, Winnipeg.
The food, the service and the company made this a great lunch out in Winnipeg. If I have time next visit (not until the snow melts) I would like to try the lounge for a snack/cocktail but only if we have a chance to try another new place first.
Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 6 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries.