With innumerable windows looking out onto the lush greenery of Assiniboine Park, the monumental Terrace in the Park is no question a celebration of its environs. The kitchen draws inspiration from the surrounding natural world, designing contemporary cuisine around fresh Manitoban produce, fish, bison, and lamb. Today’s Reserve selection invites you and a guest to relish the venerable venue and cuisine with a five-course chef’s tasting menu that includes the following:
- Two amuse bouches—chef’s selection
- Two tuna trios with tuna tartar, tuna tataki, and tuna carpaccio
- Two crab risottos with king crab and dungeness crab
- Two surf and turf plates, each with a 3-ounce tenderloin medallion, two diver scallops, and vegetables with rice
- Two servings of chevre cheesecake<p>
Chef Simon Resch—a scrupulous forager for local ingredients—prepares a five-course meal that showcases some of Terrace in the Park’s finest and freshest items, including three preparations of its wild-caught Pacific yellowfin tuna, a risotto with British Columbian dungeness crab, and Canadian-farmed Sterling Silver tenderloin medallions. The meal concludes with a chevre cheesecake prepared by the kitchen’s pastry chef, Jessica Young. Though not included with this Reserve deal, guests can search for pairings in a wine list that showcases Canadian wines along with a healthy variety of international vintages.
Perhaps the highest praise one can make regarding Terrace in the Park’s food is that it doesn’t get overshadowed by the venue itself. On warm days, Terrace offers two alfresco dining experiences that are simply unmatched. Hemmed by a tidy arrangement of red parasols, the lower patio extends into the pavilion’s back lawn, surrounded by towering trees. At the rear terrace, rustic wooden tables wreathe a small, manmade pond—the center point of a patio ensconced by a trellis that stands atop neoclassical stone columns.
But when the weather does not cooperate, Terrace in the Park still capitalizes on its scenic location with its visually stunning dining room. Fittingly called the Atrium, the room seats diners at white-linen-swathed tables surrounded by windows. Under the room’s vaulted glass ceiling, guests dine with the sunlight on their shoulders or the moon’s glow on their earlobes.