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bestlist INDIAN Charisma of India 83 Sherbrook St, 204‑222‑7878. Dine in or take out savoury dishes steeped in flavour. Creamy vegetable korma and spicy tandoori chicken are menu highlights. WA, LP, IA, M, V Cilantro’s 725 Gateway Rd, 204-669-9157. This East Kildonan gem serves Indian favourites and restaurant signatures like richly spiced ginger coconut curry and dum style biryani with tender lamb. WA, LP, SP, IA, M, V Clay Oven Three locations, Classic Indian dishes and Hakka cuisine are served in a stylish and modern space. Those in the know go for the memorable thali platters. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V East India Company 349 York Ave, 204-947‑3097. Centuries- old artifacts grace the room of the Mehra family’s flagship restaurant. The food is flawless, with biryani beautifully presented and perfectly spiced. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V India Palace/India Palace Express 770 Ellice Ave, 204-774‑6061; 1328 Portage Ave, 204-832-8888. Large menu features vegetable, chicken, lamb and seafood dinners. Lunch and dinner buffet. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V INTERNATIONAL/ CLASSIC The Allen Restaurant 281 Donald St, 204‑594‑9494. The historic Metropolitan Theatre has been reborn as a destination dining establishment. Every dish reflects the elegance of the space. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Bailey’s 185 Lombard Ave, 204-944‑1180. Heavy wooden doors open onto a world that celebrates the British Empire. Specialties include the reuben, rack of lamb and prime rib of beef. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V, ATM Maxime’s 1131 St. Mary’s Rd, 204-257‑1521. The elegant atmosphere and wide-ranging menu, offering short‑order favourites, makes for a multi-generational palate pleaser. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V The Terrace Dining Room 3975 Portage Ave, 204-885‑3330. A multi-tiered room gives every table a superb view of Assiniboia Downs’ racetrack. Reservations required. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V INTERNATIONAL/ CONTEMPORARY The Blue Marble 1979 Wellington Ave, 204‑594‑1967. With greens grown on-site, fresh delights are served up with artful presentations. Tuna crudo on a vibrant pea purée is a standout dish. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V 34 ciao! / aug/sep / two thousand nineteen Capital Grill and Bar 3116 Roblin Blvd, 204‑615‑3116; 275 Broadway, 204-416-1144. Neighbourhood regulars clink glasses in the sleek, modern dining rooms over a mix of homey and high cuisine. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Close Co. 256 Stafford St, 204‑691-7788. Small size belies big flavour at this intimate spot. Creative sharing plates keep those in the know returning regularly. WA, LP, SP, IA, M, V Cordova 93 Albert St, 204-691-1900. This casual and lively atmosphere offers unique European influenced tapas, beer and wine. Chicken liver pâté is luscious and smooth. LP, SP, IA, M, V Enoteca A-1670 Corydon Ave, 204‑487‑1529. This ultra-hip space boasts a creative sharing plate style menu using exotic ingredients. Chef Scott Bagshaw’s beef tartare with quail egg is exquisite. WA, LP, IA, M, V Jane’s 504 Main St, 204‑632‑2594. Red River College’s Paterson GlobalFoods Institute offers a unique dining experience where patrons interact with students as they execute an inspired menu. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Junction 59 Roadhouse 1615 Regent Ave W, 204-654-3345. Southern-style eats in a rustic-prairie atmosphere. Chef Ryan Glays’ signature molcajete bowl is a hit. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Máquè 909 Dorchester Ave, 204‑284‑3385. Impeccable adaptations of pan-Asian cuisine in a cozy Crescentwood dining room. Try the smoked duck or soy braised shiitake steamed baos. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V The Mitchell Block 173 McDermot Ave, 204-949‑9032. Chic spot serves chef/owner Sean McKay’s eclectic, Mediterranean influenced menu. Upstairs lounge Wet & Dry Dept. offers elevated sharing plates. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Moxie’s Grill and Bar 1620 Kenaston Blvd, 204‑489‑1199; 300 Portage Ave, 204‑926‑5757; Polo Park Shopping Centre, 204‑783‑1840. Quality and consistency are hallmarks of this respected Canadian chain. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V, ATM Oak & Grain 1800 Wellington Ave, 204-786‑0926. At the Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport, comfort food classics are offered with regional spin at the newly renovated bistro. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V The Oxbow 557 Osborne St, 204-691-5373. This local-centric restaurant with an ever- changing menu focuses on seasonal ingredients like pickerel. Natural wines are a perfect pairing. LP, A, IA, M, V The Palm Lounge Fort Garry Hotel, 222 Broadway, 1-800- 665-8088. This swish lounge boasts an opulent ceiling and live jazz, while the kitchen presents stellar scratch-made sensations. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V, ATM Rudy’s Eat & Drink 375 Graham Ave, MB Hydro Place, main floor, 204-421-9094. Diners enjoy mod offerings, like steak frites, and elevated comfort dishes in a retro glam atmosphere. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Saddlery on Market 114 Market Ave, 204‑615‑1898. Twists on comfort food are presented in a chic East Exchange District heritage space, once the site of the Great West Saddlery Company. WA, LP, SP, IA, M, V ITALIAN/CLASSIC Aurora Pizzeria and Café 842 Corydon Ave, 204‑615‑9644. Family- owned spot on the Corydon strip revels in tastes straight from Italy, from heaping cheesy pastas to crisp, napoli- style pizza. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Colosseo Ristorante 670 Corydon Ave, 204‑284‑4977. House- made, classic Italian fare makes this the place for Italian cravings. A warm and friendly environment is perfect for family outings. WA, LP, SP, IA, M, V Mona Lisa 1697 Corydon Ave, 204-488‑3687. The cuisine of the Grande family’s southern Italy home has been offered for more than 30 years at this neighbourhood restaurant. Excellent freshly made pastas. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V, ATM Monticchios 684 Osborne St, 204-477‑4773. South Osborne mainstay serves traditional recipes in a contemporary space. Try the breaded veal topped with olives and provolone cheese. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Pasquale’s 109 Marion St, 204‑231‑1403. This long- standing destination treats all as family. Classic pastas, red sauces and old fashioned recipes keep diners raving. The rooftop patio is a summer hotspot. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Super Deluxe Pizzeria 4-433 River Ave, 204‑475‑4513. Italian diner style nook riffs on ‘80s pizza parlours with a checkerboard floor and booth seating. Neapolitan pies are mod, topped with grape and blue cheese. WA, LP, IA, M, V Tre Visi Café 926 Grosvenor Ave, 204‑475‑4447. Chef/ owner Giacomo Appice’s nationally recognized Italian-Mediterranean cuisine includes one of the city’s most sumptuous gnocchi. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Vera Pizzeria 670 Osborne St, 204‑222‑6306. An open concept kitchen gives a view of artisanal Neapolitan pizza made with top-notch ingredients, such as fresh basil, fior di latte and generous shreds of roasted garlic. LP, IA, M, V