Neighbourhood: St Vital
Address: 531 St. Mary’s Rd
Juneberry is a welcome addition to Old St.Vital, bringing an eminently Instagrammable style and whopping amount of flavor to the neighbourhood, while drawing a dining crowd from across the city.
After an original opening slated for late 2019/early 2020, several run of the mill construction setbacks, and then a global pandemic, this brunch gem was finally able to open in July, in time for diners to enjoy a beautiful patio situated across from the river. The interior is a warm, inviting space drenched with natural light. Delicate floating mobiles add a festive and whimsical tone, while patterned fabric divides tables with flair.
If the gorgeous interior is enough to draw hungry brunchers in, the delicious menu will keep them coming back. Thoughtful twists on morning classics—eggs benedict gussied up with grilled mortadella, rosemary hollandaise, and aged goat cheese; caramelized onion and maple dijon aioli in the breakfast sandwich—add flair, while creative new options with Asian and Middle Eastern flavors are sure to delight.
Juneberry’s menu offers up a hearty selection of main dishes and a handful of sides and salads that are best shared. The breakfast banh mi is served on a fluffy white baguette, and stars housemade pork sausage, an excellent dupe for the grilled pork typically found in the Vietnamese classic. Flavourful meat is complemented by zingy pickled carrot and radish rounds sliced paper thin, seeded jalapenos, spicy mayo, and a simple omelette.
Oyster mushroom and kale pasta is subtle, with a silky mushroom-infused broth clinging to cavatappi noodles, and charred leeks and kale adding texture and depth. Topped with dill, a jammy egg and buttery bread crumbs, the dish makes a surprising case for pasta-for-breakfast. A knockout salad with buttery halloumi is studded with currants and toasted pine nuts, and dressed in a sumac scented vinaigrette that complements tender butternut squash and nutty couscous.
From the décor’s natural materials and warm red and plum tones, to the enticing cocktail list and expertly plated food, Juneberry finds a fine balance between elegance and comfort that has propelled it into the ranks of Winnipeg’s most beloved brunch spots.