It was a year of ups and downs for Regina’s restaurant scene, with the closures of both Flip and Malt City in the downtown core.
There were some exciting restaurant openings and new local food trucks, with unique and authentic flavours.
To put a wrap on this year’s food scene, we’ve put together a list of must-try restaurants for those visiting town or residents looking for a delicious night out.
The judge and Regina’s resident foodie is Aleana Young, owner of the Takeaway Gourmet food store in Regina.
Where she ate most this year
I ate a ton at Caraway Grill and at Enso Sushi in the east end. Both of them use real ingredients and really care about the quality. Enso I know flies in all of their own fish fresh a couple times a week. It’s not coming off the back of a truck somewhere, they fly it directly in from the Pacific and you can really taste the difference. The owner’s mom, who’s from Japan, makes all their dressings and sauces by hand and I think you can really taste care and commitment to quality that goes into it.
Best new restaurant
Wann Izakaya. It’s kind of a take on Izakaya, which is essentially a take on Japanese bar food, so a focus on sushi and lots of deep fried things. They make, I think the best ramen in Regina.
One of the things that I’ve consistently been impressed with is food trucks. For the trucks in Regina, in such a small market, to do consistently such a good job, with really limited kitchen space and really limited time to sell, I think is just amazing.
Honourable mention: Malinche.
I love me a greasy spoon breakfast so I like the classics. I like Nicky’s Cafe, Mr. Breakfast and The Mercury. With all due respect to places that are doing some awesome brunches, I think there is a gap in the market for a breakfast-specific restaurant in town. If somebody wants to open one, I will give them all of my money.
Milu Fresh Rolls & Subs.
Best dinner out
For a fancy meal, especially now that we’ve lost Flip and Malt City, I love Crave. I think Crave has the best cheese and charcuterie program. I think they have a nice and accessible wine list and, it’s underrated but out of every…