A popular local café in Winnipeg’s trendy Osborne district, Stella’s has grown to be known city wide with seven locations and some of the best baking in town. All of their restaurants on Urbanspoon have received positive reviews and they have just recently opened their newest location inside the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
- Location: Stella’s Café - 1895 Grant Ave, Winnipeg, MB
- Hours: 8am-10pm, Mon-Sun
- Price Range: $10-15 per Entrée
- Website: stellas.ca
Upon arriving we were immediately greeted and shown to our seat. The restaurant, while small, has a very warm atmosphere thanks in part to their very open concept. One of Stella’s signatures is an open kitchen, which is visible in the back of the restaurant and frees up the space significantly. Add that with the large windows all around, the whole café was filled with a lot of warm, natural light.
Seating was comfortable (we were placed at a spacious 2-person booth) and we were promptly greeted by the server. Throughout the entire meal our server was quick and attentive, and while the restaurant was relatively filled there was never a decline in service.
Stella’s largest focus is on their baking and all-day breakfast which dominates their three page menu. Their menu consisted of the staples, Breakfast, Sandwhiches, Entree’s etc, but the most unique part was the separate section for Curries and Chillies. The only area where their menu lacked was in their drinks section, which notably served local beers such as Fort Garry and Half Pints, only offered two house wines.
When questioned about their specials (Mexican Salsa Soup, Jungle Soup & Quinoa Burgers) the server was very knowledgeable and answered any questions without hesitation. When asked about the Jungle Soup, she responded with, “How do you not know what Jungle is…?” “…it’s everything but the kitchen sink.” Like many of their menu items the Jungle soup included fresh ingredients, lentils, beans, onion, greens & curry.
For breakfast we ordered two meals: 1) French Country Omelette with Hasbrowns & Toast and 2) The Café Breakfast with a toasted Cinnamon Bun.
The omelette was perfectly prepared; it was fluffy and had just the right balance between the egg and its fillings (ham, green onion, mushrooms & swiss cheese). The hashbrowns (which were included in both meals) were wonderfully seasoned with oregano and rosemary and didn’t require any additional seasoning. Both items weren’t overly fatty or heavy and were free of any unhealthy oils and grease.
The Café Breakfast came with 2 eggs, a choice of ham, spicy sausage or bacon, hasbrowns and toast. A simple breakfast, everything was exceptionally done. The eggs were fluffy and again the hashbrowns had just the right amount of seasoning. The star of the second order, however, was the toasted cinnamon bun: soft and gooey and filled with flavour. This cinnamon bun is quite possibly one of the best baked goods in the city. Our server admitted that the first bun was originally done “a little crispy” so the kitchen staff decided to re-make it before our order was brought out.
Topping everything off was Stella’s signature brand jam: strawberries, blueberries, sugar, pectic, lemon & love. Super sweet, you can definitely tell that this jam was made with just a dash of love thrown in. And last, but not least was the Stella’s Smoothie which was a rich blend of strawberries, blueberries, bananas, oranges, peaches, honey and yogurt. With all of the fruit mixed in the smoothie wasn’t extremely thick, and in fact the honey and yogurt overpowered much of the fruit flavours. Overall it was a great way to end off a delicious meal.
- Atmosphere: 8/10
- Service: 9/10
- Food: 9/10
- Menu: 8.5/10
- Overall: 86%
Verdict: Stella’s Café & Bakery is a healthy, inexpensive way to enjoy a nice meal. Their menu is organic and vegetarian friendly, their staff is friendly and knowledgeable and their food is delectable. I’ll definitely be going back sometime soon and trying out their outdoor patio once the summer weather is upon us!