Centre Place Cafe

Located on the second level at the top of the escalators just off York Avenue, Centre Place Café is the premier restaurant in the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. Open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, they’re open early to serve you breakfast, lunch or that coffee break snack.

That sums up Centre Place Cafe nicely. And yes, I did just copy & paste that off their website.

The Convention Centre has a pretty good cafeteria style restaurant, which hosts one of the better clubs found in the downtown area. For only $8.45 you get fries and the sandwich – which is big, bold and beautiful. Real chicken that is baked daily & piled high with all the fixins are smothered within this triple stacker of harvest grain bread. What more could you ask for really!?

My only knock would be that the health rating on this club is low. The mayo, bacon and salt are very present.

Cheap, tasty and big – the perfect recipe for a clubhouse sammy. It doesn’t quite enter the upper echelon of clubs, but it is the closest thing to it!

Price: $8.45

Rating: 7.5/10



Osborne Village Cafe

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.

Rating: 7.9/10

Price: $9

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Elements The Restaurant

First off, I have to start this post by letting everyone know that this wasn’t my first visit to Elements. About 6 months ago I went to try the clubhouse, and I got denied because it “wasn’t offered before 3.“ This didn’t sit well with me since lunchtime is the ideal time for a club. Now, 6 months later, it’s time to finally get a crack at their club.

Elements is on the street-level of the Richardson College building at the University of Winnipeg. This fancy new building serves as home for the sciences and suitability wing of the university. The restaurant is partnered with the Diversity Food Services initiative, which aims at providing local food that meets sustainability goals while also meeting employment opportunity goals. If you are interested in the finer details – go read about it HERE.

The building is very modern, sleek, and spaceship-ish. Huge windows look out on to Portage and for one tiny millisecond you have a ‘big-lights big-city’ feeling. I must say, it felt quite nice sitting in there enjoying the LEDs.

Now that I’ve babbled enough about the place, let’s dig into the food and see if this baby has been worth the wait. The club, unfortunately, was pretty bland. You have your choice of focaccia bun, rye or harvest grain bread, and the fixins are standard. They use roasted turkey shaved super thin and stacked, but for me, this sandwich didn’t stack high on the club-rating scale. Taste was lacking and price was pricey as my whole meal came out to around $30. One thing this club has going for it is has a very clean and healthy feel.

Another downside was that I ordered a soup, and when the club was ready the waitress brought it out and said they are out of soup. It took another 6 minutes to get the potatoes and by that time the club was cold!

Elements is a nice restaurant, and I appreciate what they do; unfortunately the club very average. I’m sure I’ll be back though.

Price: $12.50

Rating: 5/10

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Brereton Lake Resort

The other week one of my co-workers asked if I wanted to drive out to the Whiteshell to go for a hike. My immediate response was, absolutely not. I do like to get in touch with nature once and awhile, but a hike? A hike to Bear Lake? Once again, absolutely not. Honestly, I am more of a ‘bum around the city’ kind of guy, but when my dashing co-worker mentioned that we could stop at one of the little diners on the way back to the Peg’, my interest peaked. To make a long story short, we hiked for hours, it was terrible etc. etc., and on the way back we stopped into Brereton Lake Resort. Lucky for me, they had a club on the menu.

As soon as I walked in the door of the Brereton Lake Resort I felt nostalgic. It felt like I was a kid again going into the corner store at the lake, and I’m sure lots of people have memories tied to the BLR. It’s a Corner store at the front, restaurant in the back, and they have 12 cabins you can rent. We grabbed a table and settled in.

The restaurant itself is quite nice, and it seems they had some renovations done in recent years judging by its modern/sleek look. But no matter how modern it is, you still feel like you’re at the lake (probably because you are.) There are a few things I’d like to point out – one being that the menu has tons of options including one of my personal favs – frings. Who doesn’t want half fries half onion rings!? Next, the arms on my chair had sheets covering them – that one threw me off. And three, the condiments are packed in a charming tin in the middle of the table – a nice vintage touch.

Now lets break down the club. One thing that hurt was that they had no lettuce! The owner apologized in advance though so I knew what I was getting myself into. Otherwise it came stacked fairly high with plenty of tomato, bacon, chicken, cheese, and 3 pieces of bread. The problem with this club is it seemed real greezy and salty. The chicken was fried – and just wasn’t top notch. Also, my sandwich came in 3 pieces; I’m not too sure how you cut a sandwich into 3 pieces the same size…I hope someone in the back didn’t just get hungry. All in all this club filled me up and I enjoyed putting it to the test, but it didn’t crack the upper echelon of clubs.

Oh and by the way, if you made it this far in the post, I have a confession. The hike to Bear Lake was beautiful, fun, and I am thankful I was asked to go! But if anyone out there is interested in this little adventure, keep in mind it’s a tough trail – so proceed with caution.

If you want more info on where this place is, here’s the website: www.breretonlakeresort.ca

Till next time,

Rating: 5.9/10

Price: $13.59