Neighbourhood: St Vital
Address: 1131 St. Mary’s Rd
Winnipeg has a select line-up of far-from-downtown fine dining spots made for a high-level experience. Maxime’s has thrived in this category for more than 30 years. The service is famously mannered, and the room among the city’s most memorable, but the nostalgic dishes are the true heart of Maxime’s Restaurant and Lounge.
Maintaining its decades-old tradition, this multi-generational spot plates plenty of classic western European dishes. The restaurant continues to evolve with touches of Asian influence in classic continental dishes from chef Peter Long.
An opening dining space is the result of a recent facelift. Spherical lighting reminiscent of tangled ribbon graces the grand room. Heat from fireplaces add warmth, while soft carpet amps up the cozy factor. Though the goddess pillars have been removed, the charm of the space remains.
Maxime regulars, dressed for the evening in blazers and sparkly brooches, fill up the restaurant for dinner early.
In the midst of Old World elegance, fusion influence creates some of the menu’s most crave-able dishes. Potstickers filled with sesame chicken and pork pack a ginger heavy punch. Standout shrimp citrus spinach salad brims with peaches, mandarins and succulent sautéed tiger prawns.
Red wine burgundy mushroom sauce poured over tender veal imparts rich flavour. Side dishes add substance and heft. Steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots are accompanied by a choice of potatoes. Orange pecan walleye with a panko crust is another stunner. A sweet orange sauce laden with crunchy pecans provides a perfect accompaniment for dipping.
Adding creativity to classics, Maxime’s has hit on a winning formula to keep families returning for more memories.