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with similar flair, proving that Down Under eating can be a cut above. Billabong Gastropub is open Mon- Thu 4:30 pm-2 am, Fri 3:30 pm-2 am, and Sat-Sun 10:30 am-2 am. CORNERSTONE Neighbourhood. Osborne Village Address.........93 Osborne St Phone......... 204-505-7772 Entrées.............$11-$20 The intention behind the name of recent Osborne Village addition The Cornerstone is clear: to be the pillar that anchors the heart of this trendsetting neighbourhood. This may be a mighty task for the restaurant taking up the space of iconic Winnipeg mainstay Papa George’s, but one it has quickly exceeded, already winning the love of the Village. ciao! reviews The building’s newly renovated interior points to the restaurant’s efforts as a community building block. Decked out in shades of warm grey, the sleek dining area provides a trendy but muted backdrop for colourful local artwork splashing the wall. The menu is similarly understated, showing off culinary expertise with clever flavour combinations and simple ingredients that shine. A prime example of this 'keep it simple' philosophy is the root vegetable panzanella. The salad pulls from old-school root cellar classics with a colourful blend of beets, carrots, and squash tossed with seasoned croutons, lettuce, and a vinaigrette rich with olive oil. Roast chicken is similarly pared back, draped in rich (but not heavy) gravy and set on a colourful stack of purple and fingerling potatoes, beets, onion, and a smear of cinnamon infused carrot purée. Other dishes take inspiration from world cuisines, like the Greek style Papa Gorgeous burger (a loving tribute to the location’s previous tenant) or the ‘Middle Eats’, a falafel inspired veggie burger. A pork belly dish lets the fatty, perfectly crispy meat stand out from an assortment of veggies. A soft poached egg crowns the dish. Pan fried pickerel, floating on top of pearl couscous, and a tender steak sandwich - presented modishly open faced, with a fried egg on top - display thoughfulness in ingredients and composition. The sandwich’s crispy ciabatta is perfectly poised to soak up the juices from its tenderloin topping. Casual classics make up the dessert menu, including a creme brûlée updated with pumpkin. Hiding beneath a thick, glassy caramelized coating, is warmly spiced comfort. As neighbourhood gourmands and city sojourners craving classy pub grub stream in, it seems certain that The Cornerstone is at home in the ‘hood. Get Fresh Produce • Deli • Bakery • Specialty Wares The Forks Market puts the snap in your snap peas, the kick in your coffee, the spice in your cinnamon rolls and the fun in your finds. Choose from seasonal fruits and vegetables, Manitoba-raised bison, elk, chicken and beef, organic baked goods, specialty items and more. If it’s fresh, you’ll find it here! www.theforks.com/market 28 ciao! / feb/mar / two thousand fifteen