Where to eat when in... Winnipeg
A family physician discovers there's more to the sizzle at Chop than just steaks
Chop is a jewel in Winnipeg, a city flush with great restaurants. Billed as a steak and fish house, it delivers the goods. My staff and I attended for a pre-Christmas lunch. The decor was smart and dignified. The staff were friendly and very polite. We were able to use their private room for a group of eight doctors and staff and it was wonderful; the lighting and fireplace added to the experience.
For the appetizer, we had the Chop Platter, this included a sampling of tuna pillars, steak bites, fire-roasted chicken wings, Saratoga chips and lobster and prawn fritters. All of the offerings were wonderful however I had to accept the scorn of my lunch-mates when I couldn't restrain myself with the steak bites. They were incredible.
There are a dozen appetizers and half a dozen soups and salads to choose from; each appearing better than the last. The French Onion Soup was a perfect match for the weather outside (frightful).
In addition to the sirloin, New York striploin and filet mignon options you'd expect, entrees included a pancetta- and Quebec goat cheese-stuffed chicken breast with fresh tomato sauce and seven-grain wild rice pilaf; a wasabi-crusted ahi tuna seared with mandarin beurre blanc served with infused mashed potatoes, which went over very well with others at our table; and the citrus soy-glazed wild salmon with fresh cucumber-orange salsa and seven-grain wild rice pilaf, which is what I had. I must say it was good enough that I found myself thinking about it throughout the afternoon.
For those that don't want anything so filling there is a menu of smaller lunch items such as the seared wild salmon burger. Deserts are made in house.
Like everything else at Chop the attention to detail and the ability to titillate the taste buds was clearly evident. Prices were mid-range and not as high as some of the other groups from our clinic were subject to for their pre-Christmas outing. We have already decided where we are going for our next lunch.
1750 Sargent Avenue
Open daily from 4PM
Dinner for two approximately $120
Dr Michael Stephensen is a family physician from Winnipeg, MB.
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