The Palm Lounge
Address: 222 Broadway
The grandeur of the château-style Fort Garry Hotel is unmatched in Winnipeg, earning its reputation as the city’s finest haunt since 1913. Tucked behind the historic facade, marble floors transition into plush palm-adorned carpet upon entering the lounge. A striking stained-glass chandelier, originally from an early twentieth-century cinema, sparkles down on luxurious leather chairs and sturdy wooden tables that evoke old world charm. Sleepy travelers cozy up with nightcaps while locals chatter about the latest Jets game over a lush spread of shareables.
Chef Joseph Wojakowski succeeds in providing enough varied menu options to cover all preferences, while presenting fresh and contemporary takes on dishes. Everything is proudly scratch-made, from the organic sourdough bread that accompanies the Italian antipasto plate, right down to the pickle that tops every burger.
Presented in a bamboo basket alongside chopsticks and soy sauce, steamed veggie dumplings are an unexpected standout. Wonton wrappers are translucent-thin and tender, stuffed with Chinese cabbage, crisp bok choy and garlicky spinach. Plunge the sesame sprinkled dumplings into the inky sauce for a flavour boost.
No knife is needed for the sirloin pot roast; it’s fall-apart tender, melting in the mouth like butter. Bursting with red wine gravy flavours from the slow-cooked meat, a mound of soft fingerling potatoes, snappy roasted Brussels sprouts and juicy beets satisfy cravings for a classic Sunday dinner. It truly is a match made in heaven for meat and potato devotees.
Classic comfort favourites are elevated with flair. For a vegetarian or just an enthusiast of offbeat flavour combos, the Scandinavian beet burger hits the mark. The patty packs raw shredded beets with caraway, flax and dill to bind and add aromatic flavours. A buttery toasted bun gets a thick smear of lemon-infused horseradish aioli, and fresh cilantro and arugula deliver added pep. Carnivores delight in the house-ground chuck patty paired with house-cured bacon, oven roasted tomato, caramelized onion and a perfectly sunny-side up egg gushing underneath the oven-fresh bun of the fried egg and bacon burger.
Those who linger over the dessert menu or schmooze over a second glass of wine are rewarded with the sweet sounds of the evening’s 8 pm performer. Indulge in the decadent chocolate dome cake whilst being serenaded with jazzy tunes by talented local musicians. Thick ganache embraces layers of creamy chocolate and hazelnut mousse atop crispy hazelnut wafer, creating the ultimate chocolate lover’s dessert.
The Palm Lounge is open Mon-Thu 11 am-12 am, Fri 11 am-1 am, Sat 12 pm-1 am, Sun 12 pm-12 am.