|Inside the train car portion of Resto Gare.|
Apparently this family-owned place had a refit in 2008, its website claiming to turn from a "white tablecloth dining" establishment to a bistro. The main building itself is historic to St. Boniface. As the name implies, it was St. Boniface's Canadian National Railway station since 1913. I only managed to have a few glimpses of the station portion of the dining area, but from what I could tell it appears that a significant portion of the interior was well preserved, including the timbered vaulted ceiling. The rail car, where I was seated, was decorated with the nostalgia of when rail travel was in its heyday. Of course, being located in an industrial area as most stations historically have been (and unlike some cities where some industrial areas have been redeveloped, St. Boniface's is still actively industrial), the view from the rail car windows is not worth mentioning, but in my opinion it's always better to be at a place with good food and a poor landscape than the reverse situation.
|A close-up of the Champignon Fricassée.|
|Bison Manitobain: braised boneless bison short ribs were featured in this dish.|
|A piece of the braised bison short ribs in Bison Manitobain.|
|Chocolate Passion Fruit Cake; this was a special as part of the city-wide Ciao! ChocolateFest this month.|
Overall it was a relaxing and enjoyable dining experience at Resto Gare. The restaurant is literally a hidden gem tucked away in an area not normally associated with fine dining, but it is definitely at home in a neighbourhood with a strong historic French presence.
Name: Resto Gare
Address: 630 Rue des Meurons, Winnipeg, MB
Price Range: Dinner $15-$60