New & Noteable: The Mitchell Block

Mmmmmm.... shaved roast wagyu beef burger at The Mitchell Block. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Mmmmmm…. shaved roast wagyu beef burger at The Mitchell Block. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

The Mitchell Block
173 McDermot Avenue
204-949-9032
Neighbourhood: Exchange District
Website: themitchellblock.com
Facebook: facebook.com/themitchellblock
Twitter: twitter.com/mitchell_block

You’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard of The Mitchell Block.

In 2013, long-time Italian bistro Tre Visi and Sensi Wine Lounge, the upscale yet relaxed space on the second floor, closed shop after decades in business. It wasn’t for lack of customers. The Exchange District dining room had legions of devoted customers.

Not long after, the new owner and chef Sean McKay christened his business The Mitchell Block. McKay was formerly the head chef at Bonfire Bistro, a smoking popular pasta and wood-fired pizza spot in River Heights.

McKay has earned a solid reputation as a top-drawer chef.

He brings that same skill at the helm of The New Mitchell Block. His lunch and dinner menu hits some high points.

Take not of the bison carpaccio, and the mixed green salad with crisp-fresh apples and celery with candied walnuts and dried cranberries. Both dishes are stand-outs.

For lunch, tuck into the potato gnocchi with bayonne ham, sautéed mushrooms and green peas in a creamy dill sauce.

The shaved roast wagyu beef burger is a luscious sandwich; juicy and tender and topped with some seriously large onion rings.

The Mitchell Block also carries on the tradition of house-made pasta. Four pastas—fettucine, the aforementioned potato gnocchi, spaghetti and penne—are all adorned and dressed with verve.

Bacon-wrapped pork loin and cornmeal-crusted pickerel also dazzle. Here’s a look at the lunch and dinner menus.

While it may be the new kid on the block, The Mitchell Block is here to stay.

Calamari by The Mitchell Block.

Calamari by The Mitchell Block.

One more look at this thing of beauty. A shaved roast wagyu beef burger.

One more look at this thing of beauty. A shaved roast wagyu beef burger.

Welcome to The Mitchell Block.

Welcome to The Mitchell Block.

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Contest Winner: Dusk until Dawn

Chef E and server Maria inside the kitchen at The Velvet Glove.

Chef E and server Maria inside the kitchen at The Velvet Glove.

Congratulations Louise Waldman. You have won Dusk until Dawn, a mini-getaway at The Fairmont Winnipeg and The Velvet Glove. You are about to have a fantastic meal by Executive Chef Eraj Jayawickreme, a newcomer to Winnipeg’s vibrant food scene. After dinner you can slip back to your room for a restful night inside one of Fairmont Winnipeg’s comfortable rooms.

Please send PCG an e-mail at goodeats@pegcitygrub.com so we can hook you up with your great prize.

Thanks to everybody who entered the contest. And thanks kindly to Pascal Rocher and her team at Fairmont Winnipeg for sponsoring this contest.

Check back at here at pegcitygrub.com for more contests and giveaways.

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New and Improved: Chocolatier Constance Popp

Inside Chocolatier Constance Popp's St. Boniface shop. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Inside Chocolatier Constance Popp’s St. Boniface shop. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Chocolatier Constance Popp
180 Provencher Boulevard
204-897-0689
Neighbourhood: St. Boniface
Website: artisanchocolates.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/constance.popp
Twitter: twitter.com/poppchocolates

Constance Menzies never rests on her laurels, never mind just resting.

Winnipeg’s most buzz-worthy chocolatier is always on the hunt. She’s looking for the next challenge, the next business opportunity, and the next collaboration all in the hopes of bringing more chocolate to ‘the good people.’

In just seven years Menzies’ name has become synonymous with chocolate in Winnipeg. In 2013, she moved from her original St. James location to Provencher Boulevard, in the heart of St. Boniface, Winnipeg’s French Quarter. She doubled her space, added a small coffee bar and seating area.

She has also added chocolate sculptor to her resume.

With the help of a local model maker, Menzies created a chocolate replica of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in time for the official opening in September 2014. More recently, she created a Salvador Dali inspired chocolate sculpture in celebration of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s latest exhibition.

Back in the shop, Menzies—with the help of award winning pastry chef Helmut Mathae—has also added pastries and custom-made cakes to her repertoire. He is a whiz with fondant, butter cream icing and sugar work. His special occasion cakes are masterpieces that taste as delicious as they look.

Everyday customers will find freshly baked crowd favourites like almond, chocolate and plain croissants. Puff-pastry cinnamon buns, that Menzies raves about, are also in the pastry case. Whole cakes are for sale or by the slice.

Her chocolate shop is not just about chocolates anymore, says Menzies.

“It’s all part of the master plan to expand our pastries.”

Pastry Chef helmut Mathae's masterful work.

Pastry Chef Helmut Mathae’s masterful work.

Peg City Grub is your ultimate source for food in Winnipeg. From the hottest chefs to the best new restaurants to the most delicious events, we’ve got you covered. Follow us on Twitter @pegcitygrub and visit www.tourismwinnipeg.com for more on the city’s fabulous dining options.

Peg City Grub is a Tourism Winnipeg culinary initiative.