Owner Chris Fougere has a hand in every aspect of Fude Inspired Cuisine & Wine Bar, from personally interviewing the staff to coming up with names for each of the menu’s equally inventive dishes. A seasoned player in the restaurant industry, Chris uses every ounce of his creativity to create an inspired dining experience, saying, “Our goal, in no uncertain terms, is to wow our guests." The menu features culinary classics with twists, such as free-range-chicken skewers covered in a dark-chocolate sauce and topped with a dollop of cayenne cream or button mushrooms and local goat cheddar covered with puff pastry and berry cream. Nearly every dish highlights seasonal Manitoba vegetables, meats, and seafood, backed by an assortment of vegan and gluten-free fare and tofu shadow puppets.
In addition to the dine-in experience, Fude offers lunch, dinner, and cocktail-party catering services ranging from appetizers only to four-course meals with wine parings. An extensive drink menu features classic and house-formulated martinis as well as Fude-exclusive house wines named by Chris himself.
The Centennial Concert Hall lends its history and elegance. More than 2,300 scarlet-red seats rest beneath soft lights that shine down like stars or extraterrestrial eyeballs. At the orchestra level, two murals by artist Tony Tascona flank audiences on both the right and left side, and in the lobby, patrons partake in preshow conversations near a mural by Greta Dale.
During his travels through Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, Chef Robert Thomas developed a passion for the culture and street food of these regions. He found his inspiration for Modern Taco Company in the way simple ingredients melded to create these delicious cuisines. The culinary experimenter harnesses the diverse flavours of these regions to reimagine the taco, stuffing tortillas with pulled maple-chipotle pork, jerk chicken, and falafel. Margaritas, daiquiris, and Mexican-style hot chocolate can quell the spicy mouth conflagrations caused by the diverse gourmet tacos, quesadillas, and items from the eatery's gluten-free menu. Chef Rob also enthusiastically adds an extra kick by whipping up salsa from mango, super-spicy scotch bonnets, and a single dwarf star.
A roaring fireplace crackles in the pub, warming patrons as animal heads glower down at the cushy booths and barstools of The Thirsty Lion Tavern. Twenty different draught beers?including authentic Celtic ales, stouts, and ciders?pair with a menu of hearty Irish and English specialties. Throughout the week, darts soar into targets and balls shoot across pool tables beneath the glow 12 flat screen high-definition TVs, as colourful slot machines whirr and jangle. Every Friday night, the restaurant also hosts live bands in lieu sticking a drum kit into a industrial-size clothes dryer.
Visitors to Joe Black Coffee Bar can cuddle up with a shot of espresso or a cup of freshly brewed fair-trade coffee, paired with gluten-free pastries, sandwiches, and desserts. Diners sip Brazilian dark-roast javas in the morning, or sip wine at dinner as they sink their teeth into flatbread pizzas and toasty paninis.
There's always someone cheering at The Cheer Bar & Grill, either at their favourite team making a big play or at their favourite server arriving with frosty brews and fresh-cut fries heaped with bearnaise or rich gravy. The flatscreen TVs project hockey and football for cheering fans splitting wings by the pound or tearing into new york strip steak sandwiches. Late night, the place transforms as the first chords played by live bands and DJs stream from the sound systems. The main area swiftly turns into a dance floor with pulsating lights, and barstools become dance partners for shy wallflowers.