Review: Café Dario - Tomato pesto shrimp linguine

Tomato pesto shrimp linguine

By: PegCity GrubAugust 22, 2014 // Cafe

Cafe Dario
Cafe Dario (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Café Dario
1390 Erin Street
Neighbourhood: West End
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When you ask locals what are their favourite restaurants, Café Dario doesn't typically get loads of love.

It should.

This West End restaurant is located off the beaten path inside a cozy two-room bungalow.

Inside, you'll get one heck of a dinner deal. The four-course price fixe dinner menu is a deal at $39. There are many appetizer, entrée and dessert options. A salad and soup course also round out the meal.

The Latin American-inspired menu also has a pan-global feel. You'll find Canadian salmon wrapped in a banana leaf with a corn cream sauce. Pork tenderloin with a spicy chili rub and sweet mango pulp is also for dinner. Elk osso bucco, beef tenderloin and rack of lamb are also in the kitchen.

Lunch, meanwhile, is an a la carte affair featuring some of the same tastes as dinner.

Chef/owner Dario Pineda-Gutierrez has taken culinary inspiration from his childhood in Columbia and transformed those flavours and techniques for Winnipeg diners. Lucky for us.

Cafe Dario opened in 2006 and after a slow start the West End gem took off. Insider's Tip: Make a reservation (especially for dinner).

Chocolate mousse with passionfruit coulis at Café Dario. (Photo by Robin Summerfield)
Chocolate mousse with passionfruit coulis at Café Dario.

Inside Café Dario. (Photo by Robin Summerfield.)
Inside Café Dario.

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