[Manitoba - Winnipeg] Clementine - Best Brunch in Winnipeg

Clementine is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, brunch restaurants in Winnipeg.

We arrived at prime brunch hour and I was expecting something like a 2-hour wait because the restaurant was pretty small. Luckily, we were quoted only a 45-minute wait.

You walk downstairs and you'll see a small waiting area. You can add yourself to the waiting list. They will take your phone number and then text you when your table is available.

After watching people enjoying their lattes while waiting for their tables, I (Marian) had to order one at out table. It was smoothly made with a rich coffee and nice blend of milk.

This is the Tamarind Lemongrass Soda. I wanted to try this flavor because it's pretty rare to see this type of flavor on a menu and it sounded like a perfect and refreshing beverage to have on a winter morning, especially since I was already properly caffeinated. The soda had a bit of a zing to it, which is exactly what I wanted. It felt so energizing. I was also excited that it wasn't super sweet. I was a little worried it was going to taste sticky...or you know how sometimes when you have soda and it makes your mouth feel fuzzy? It wasn't like this, which was great!
This is the Smoked Arctic Char. It was honestly quite difficult for me to decide between the Smoked Arctic Char and the Fried Chicken on Toast. This was such a beautiful dish, ON TOP OF being delicious. If you're worried that the Arctic Char will taste super fishy, don't you worry. The sticks in the middle are actually the hash browns. The potatoes are perfectly crispy on the outside and still moist on the inside, which is super nice. It's important to get a bite of every flavor together because that will be the perfect bite.

Although I didn't try it personally, the Fried Chicken on Toast was extremely popular. Almost every table had at least one. There were 2 reasons why I didn't order it. The first being right before going home for the holidays, my Norwegian friend visited me in New York City and I ate fried chicken for literally every meal we had together, so I was trying to do a detox from fried chicken. Number two, I'm not a huge fan of bread so the HUGE slabs of bread were not so enticing to me, but that was definitely a large selling point for most people. I'm just weird.

This is the Braised Bacon Benedict. I should have expected the very thick cut Canadian bacon at a restaurant in Winnipeg, but it surprised me. It tasted of maple and nicely blended with the hollandaise sauce and the poached eggs. I love sopping up runny egg yolks with the English muffin and this one dish had eggs done to perfection with a soft muffin for sopping.

The Belgian waffle was topped with lemon curd, strawberries, lemon poppyseed muffin crumbs, and cream. It was amazing!

Eating all the elements in one bite was the perfect blend of flavors and textures. The waffle maintained its crispiness even with all of the toppings on it. This is probably the best waffle I've had in a restaurant. I really loved the crispy crunch I got from the shell of the outside of the waffle. Mike adds that the paper-thin crispy coating on the waffle was delicious.

Overall, we enjoyed vibrancy of this popular small restaurant.

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