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with similar flair , proving that Down Under eating can be a cut above .
Billabong Gastropub is open Mon- Thu 4:30 pm-2 am , Fri 3:30 pm-2 am , and Sat-Sun 10:30 am-2 am .
CORNERSTONE Neighbourhood . Osborne Village Address ......... 93 Osborne St Phone ......... 204-505-7772 Entrées .............$ 11- $ 20
The intention behind the name of recent Osborne Village addition The Cornerstone is clear : to be the pillar that anchors the heart of this trendsetting neighbourhood . This may be a mighty task for the restaurant taking up the space of iconic Winnipeg mainstay Papa George ’ s , but one it has quickly exceeded , already winning the love of the Village .
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The building ’ s newly renovated interior points to the restaurant ’ s efforts as a community building block . Decked out in shades of warm grey , the sleek dining area provides a trendy but muted backdrop for colourful local artwork splashing the wall . The menu is similarly understated , showing off culinary expertise with clever flavour combinations and simple ingredients that shine .
A prime example of this ' keep it simple ' philosophy is the root vegetable panzanella . The salad pulls from old-school root cellar classics with a colourful blend of beets , carrots , and squash tossed with seasoned croutons , lettuce , and a vinaigrette rich with olive oil . Roast chicken is similarly pared back , draped in rich ( but not heavy ) gravy and set on a colourful stack of purple and fingerling potatoes , beets , onion , and a smear of cinnamon infused carrot purée .
Other dishes take inspiration from
world cuisines , like the Greek style Papa Gorgeous burger ( a loving tribute to the location ’ s previous tenant ) or the ‘ Middle Eats ’, a falafel inspired veggie burger . A pork belly dish lets the fatty , perfectly crispy meat stand out from an assortment of veggies . A soft poached egg crowns the dish .
Pan fried pickerel , floating on top of pearl couscous , and a tender steak sandwich - presented modishly open faced , with a fried egg on top - display thoughfulness in ingredients and composition . The sandwich ’ s crispy ciabatta is perfectly poised to soak up the juices from its tenderloin topping .
Casual classics make up the dessert menu , including a creme brûlée updated with pumpkin . Hiding beneath a thick , glassy caramelized coating , is warmly spiced comfort .
As neighbourhood gourmands and city sojourners craving classy pub grub stream in , it seems certain that The Cornerstone is at home in the ‘ hood .

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