A nice restaurant in a nasty hotel. This is the easiest way I can sum up the Osborne Village Café. If you are unaware where the OVC resides, you can find it nuzzled in Osborne Village Motor Inn on Osborne. The Zoo is known for its hardcore music shows and hip Thursday hang outs, but now it’s got one more thing to offer… delicious food.
After undergoing a rebrand earlier this year, the Osborne Village Café has been rejuvenated, and honestly, I am quite impress by the charm of this place. For such a dive of a hotel, the bright white and green interior really brings this place to life. Although the clientele was mostly young bucks, there were a few families taking in the vibe as well.
Now let’s take a look at The Club Mansion. Their signature sandwich aptly named due to its height was a breath of fresh air. It’s even hard to judge it on the clubhouse rating system because of its uniqueness. But I knew I had to check it out after Marion Warhaft gave it props in a Winnipeg Free Press article.
This club packs a fusion of flavors that I can’t even put my finger on. One thing I do know though is that you’re going to need those fingers tightly gripped to keep it in one piece. Slammed between two pieces of bread are turkey, lettuce, melted cheddar cheese, tomato, cranberry dijonnaise (not sure if that made it into mine), and pork belly. Yes, you read that right – pork belly. “It’s the same kind of meat, just done differently,” said head chef Leighton Fontaine.
This sandwich is quite tasty, but if you were looking for a traditional clubhouse I would advise going somewhere else. The one thing I couldn’t get into was the homemade ketchup. It was too sweet and just wasn’t for me.
Hip, casual and trendy are a few words to sum up the joint. But don’t let that fool you. Yea, you are bound to run into someone you know, but you are both there for the same reason… a killer meal.
Open 8-8, but only until 4 on Sunday.