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Reflecting Winnipeg’s ethnocultural diversity, this category represents our top choices from the many small, primarily family-run restaurants in town. The decor at most of these is simple and/or the location is out of the way. However, each restaurant represents food from the owner’s culture, with sometimes astonishingly low prices that reflect the simplicity of the service and surroundings, not the quality of the food. Bada Sushi Café [Japanese] 126 Sherbrook St, 204‐783‐4077. Signs of the space’s Greek restaurant past share the walls with Eastern memorabilia at this cute and quirky sushi spot. WA, IA, M, V Baraka Pita Bakery [Lebanese] 1783 Main St, 204‐334‐2004. Famous for in‐house fired pita bread, this North End gem offers falafel pitas, pita pizzas and specialty dips. WA, IA, V, M Boun’s [Southeast Asian/Laotian] 4‐208 Marion St, 204‐231‐3005. Southeast Asian spices and curries, as well as shrimp, pork and beef short ribs in signature garlic and soy barbeque sauce. WA, LP, IA, M, V Casa Grande [Italian] 984 Sargent Ave, 204‐783‐6231. Checkered tablecloths and candlelight create the ambience for homestyle pizza and pasta. LP, A, IA, M, V Dim Sum Garden 2677 Pembina Hwy, 204‐269‐7799. More than 50 types of dim sum. À la carte Szechuan and Cantonese favourites. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Deen’s [Caribbean] 205 Marion St, 204‐233‐2208. Shortorder Trinidadian dishes such as roti served in a variety of ways. LP, SP, A, IA, V Delicious Vegetarian [Chinese] 1467 Pembina Hwy, 204‐477‐1530. This little spot offers inventive Chinese vegetarian and vegan offerings. LP, V Emerald Palace [Chinese] 704 Sargent Ave, 204‐788‐4573. Authentic fare served up in a bustling atmosphere. Try the famous fried butter chicken. WA, A, IA, M, V Fusian Experience [Japanese] 612 Academy Rd, 204‐691‐9334. Fusion pairings like miso glazed cod and spaghetti create wild taste sensations. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V La Fiesta Cafecito [Salvadoran] Unit M‐730 St. Anne’s Rd, 204‐257‐7108. The vacation‐inspired decor offers the perfect setting for platters and exotic fruit drinks. WA, LP, SP, IA, M, V Gohe [Ethiopian] 533 Sargent Ave, 204‐414‐1529. Rich doro wat and vibrant lentil stews are highlights. Combo platters are perfect for sampling with a group. IA, M, V. worldfood bestlist Harman’s Café [Ethiopian] 570 Sargent Ave, 204‐774‐6997. Enjoy Ethiopian breakfast as well as lunch and dinner entrées. Be sure to try a cup of Ethiopian coffee. WA, LP, IA, M, V Il Molino [Danish] 709 Corydon Ave, 204‐615‐2600. Openfaced sandwiches are piled with fresh fruit and veg, as well as traditional toppings like pickled herring and cured salmon. LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Kimchi Sushi [Japanese/Korean] 30‐2583 Pembina Hwy, 204‐269‐0042. Black walls and hanging lights give this spot sleek style. The menu lists dishes for kimchi lovers. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Kimchi Café [Japanese/Korean] 61 1/2 Albert St, 204‐989‐2288 Nestled in the hip Exchange, this resto serves sushi and tongue‐tingling Korean fare. A, IA, M, V Kokeb [Ethiopian] 266 Edmonton 204‐784‐9267. Expect warm hospitality along with traditional stews of split peas, lentils and cabbage. WA, IA, V, M Kyu Bistro [Japanese] 185 Isabel Ave, 204‐504‐8999. This izakaya‐only spot offers small plates of gyoza, agedashi tofu cakes and chicken kara‐age. WA, A, IA, V, M Lao Thai [Laotian] 763 Selkirk Ave, 204‐589‐0065. Friendly mother/son team serves colourful Southeast Asian fare. Top‐quality soups and curries. WA, LP, IA, M, V Little Saigon [Vietnamese] 333‐335 William Ave, 204‐947‐3999. Well‐executed house specialties include salt and pepper shrimp and salad rolls. WA, LP, IA, M, V Mama’s Noodle House [Vietnamese/Chinese] 141 McPhillips St, 204‐783‐4847. This cheery spot consistently serves top notch noodle soup and stir fries, Thai and Japanese specialties. WA, IA, M, V Massawa [Ethiopian] 200‐121 Osborne St, 204‐284‐3194. Platters of flavourful stews are worth the often lengthy wait. LP, IA, V Mercadito Latino [South American] 570 Sargent Ave, 204‐415‐2870. Tiny space serves favourites like papusas, tameles, and tacos. Stocks hard‐to‐find imported food items. WA, IA Niko’s [Greek] 740 Corydon Ave, 204‐478‐1144. Comforting Greek classics are served with warmth. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Noodle Express [Chinese] 107‐180 King St, 204‐943‐9760. This hidden gem serves delectable dim sum and dumpling options. WA, LP, IA, M, V Pasquales [Italian] 109 Marion St, 204‐231‐1403. Perfectly cooked pizza and pastas come piping hot in this cozy spot. WA, LP, IA, M, V Pho Hoang [Vietnamese] 794 Sargent Ave, 204‐415‐6893. The pho at this chic and comfortable strip mall space ranks among the city’s best. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Pho Kim Tuong [Vietnamese] 856 Ellice Ave, 204‐661‐8888. Surprisingly sleek, with a massive menu of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai specialties. WA, IA, M, V Pho No. 1 [Vietnamese] 81 Isabel St, 204‐943‐7449. Charming Vietnamese noodle soup house. WA, LP, IA,V Sam Po Dim Sum [Chinese] 277 Rupert Ave, 204‐691‐1213. Minimalist Chinatown space serves simple dim sum offerings like pork with smoky hickory sauce. WA, LP, IA, M, V Shawarma Khan [Middle Eastern] 225 McDermot Ave, 204‐504‐0453. Former Blue Bomber Obby Khan serves up his favourite food. WA, A, IA, M, V Shawarma Time [Lebanese] 616 Ellice Ave, 204‐774‐2109. Three shawarma options as well as other Middle Eastern specialties. WA, IA, M, V Spicy Noodle House [Chinese] 102‐99 Osborne St, 204‐287‐2388. The honey spicy chicken and spicy eight treasure are both gems. LP, IA, M, V A Taste of India [Indian] 510 Sargent Ave, 204‐775‐1098. Lunch and dinner buffets celebrate the spices of India in this casual strip‐mall space. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Thida’s [Thai] 78 Donald St, 204‐942‐2639. Quiet, nofrills location that consistently delivers. Green apple salad is a refreshing starter. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Tropikis [Caribbean] 878 Ellice Ave, 204‐788‐4733. An elegant setting for island favourites like roti. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Vi-Ann [Vietnamese] 1020 Notre Dame , 204‐5050‐8833. Large portions and fragrant broth make pho the main attraction. WA, LP, IA, M, V Vientiane [Thai/Laotian] 12‐208 Marion St, 204‐235‐1576. Seafood dishes and comforting curries. First timers should stick to the low end of the 1‐10 spiciness scale. WA, IA, M, V Wakoya [Japanese/Korean] 167 Osborne St, 204‐783‐7777. Well presented sushi and Korean signatures. Sundubu jjigae is a comforting pick. WA, LP, IA, M, V Waves [Indian] 330 Kennedy Street at Ellice, 204‐783‐3000. Buffet‐centric dining featuring East Indian and international signatures. LP, IA, M, V 48 ciao! / aug/sep / two thousand fifteen