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Just over the footbridge from Assiniboine Park, you'll find the Star Grill (2069 Portage Avenue, 837-STAR (7827) with its smoky blue and grey interior, celestial charts, and Feng Shui-inspired chimes that play as you walk in the door, this little stop is surely a unique member of the local dining scene. The creation of this inviting space was owner Shirley Vlassie's intent when she opened the restaurant, which has a comfortably energetic and spiritual atmosphere. The restaurant seats forty-five patrons, with room for twelve more on a summer patio. While dining, you can experience tarot, tea leaf, I Ching or numerology with the help of Reid Edwards a knowledgeable and experienced reader, who will come right to your table.
The trio that run the kitchen work together to produce their culinary creations all of which are fantastically presented. The Star Grill's menu features a variety of temptations to please every taste. The grill's menu includes traditional favourites, vegetarian alternatives and everything in between. Whatever time you wish to dine the menu remains the same, as do the prices. Choose from lemon-pepper calamari, vegetarian spring rolls with chili-garlic mayo, or the Star salad as a teaser for the main fare. An eclectic collection of dishes follow including; Thai vermicelli stir-fry; stuffed chicken breast with mushrooms and Swiss cheese; pepper basil linguini with green olives; and the Star's flambé pepper steak. Those with traditional tastes can try the hand-battered fish and chips with malt vinegar, or oven-roasted turkey sandwich with pan gravy and home-cut fries.
Cap off your meal with a cafe latté and try to resist their sinfully (rum torte!) delicious (lemon meringue pie) desserts. An added bonus is that with two days notice, they'll make any of these up for you to take home.
In addition to the menu, Star Grill carries a variety of novel items for purchase-including incense, candles and wind chimes-all of which contribute to the cosmic surroundings.
The Star Grill is open Mon-Thur 10am-10pm, Fri 10am-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 9am-8pm. Breakfast served all day. Entrees: $5.50-$19.95.
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