Delectable Dining Photography: John Johnston
Happy people happy making food! As simple as that: Chew. Opened summer 2013 by Toronto-bred Red Seal Chefs Kristen and Kyle Lew, Chew has quickly become a darling in Winnipeg’s foodie scene. And squeezing into their bite-sized dining room, you’ll feast your eyes on an ever-evolving contemporary menu that won’t just have your mouth smiling, but watering! Everything on the menu is focused on local Canadian and responsible products for lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks (although these folks can’t pass up truffles and octopus whens they see ‘em). We all know what that means: fresh and flavourful! But first, clear the pipes with cocktails! A hot tumbler of the boozy “Chimney Sweep” fires up steamed milk thanks to two ounces of whiskey and smokey chai sweetening. The rim smolders with peppercorns and torched meringue. Chim-chim-charoo! Mexican holiday! A tall & bubbly “Zihuatenejo” spiked with tequila, gingery Domaine de Canton liqueur, soda, vanilla, cinnamon and dried cranberries is a perfect summer sip. A diverse menu yields plates featuring everything from rabbit to ravioli to Lobster Risotto. Appetizers make us go :-0. Grilled Asparagus is a gourmet brunch of dark green spears topped with delicate poached egg, truffle vinaigrette-splashed greens and pieces of smokey Italian bacon. Seared Scallops are some kinda sexy - melt-in-your-mouth and matched with airy lemon preserve, smooth saffron-infused cauliflower and lively beet chips. In love yet? A scatter of flower petals seals the deal. Wine to the table: classic white and New World blend. Simonsig’s South African vineyard Sauvignon Blanc-Semillion holds to French tradition with crisp grassy notes. Hacienda Lopez de Haro’s Spanish Tempranillo blend is a passionate palate of dusk, tart and herb. Mains pack scrumptious texture, sensuous meat and silky flavour. A Manitoba must: Crispy Pickerel. Blackened, buttery and salty, pickerel comes with sides of crispy caramelized chickpeas, crunchy collard greens and lemony hummus. “Takes you to the shore of Lake of the Woods,” my dining partner proclaims. And we’ve never had so tender (or so exotic) a Lamb Loin, crowned with baby arugula on cumin quinoa, riddled with dried fruit and accented with cool pomegranate yogurt. For dessert, shortbread shoulders perfect “O” scoops of cool and leafy basil gelato and cakey lemon ricotta ice cream. This treat also gets a smile-inducing accent of vanilla beet coulis.
Chew 532 Waterloo Street 204-667-2439 22 | STYLE MANITOBA | SUMMER 2014