A little spice and everything nice

Today I’m excited to announce a new restaurant promotion happening April 4-29.

During Let’s Do Lunch Downtown, 21 downtown restaurants will be offering up awesome lunch specials starting at just $6.99. Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing the special menus that have been prepared for you. And if you Do Lunch Downtown, you’ll be eligible to win an amazing $500 restaurant package.

As a lead up to this exciting event, I’m going to be promoting all of the participating restaurants and giving away tons of gift certificates for them!

First up are East India Company and 4Play Sports Bar.

I’ve got a $50 gift card to give away to each of them.

To enter leave a comment below telling me which restaurant you’d like to try along with a way to contact you. (You can enter your email in the comment form–it will be kept private.)

You’ve got until Wednesday, March 9.

East India Company
349 York Avenue, 947-3097

Indian food–it conjures up images of creamy sauces, fragrant spices and oh-so-good buffet. Of course we all know East India Company does it better that pretty much everyone, and your tour of Winnipeg’s ethnic restaurants wouldn’t be complete without a visit here. (And not only is their food amazing, owner Sachit Mehra is just the nicest guy ever, and I like giving my money to nice people.)

Apparently the Mehra’s have been using their own family’s unique garam masala (a blend of spices often unique to families) in their dishes for 35 years.

If I were to be granted a final meal, then East India Company’s butter chicken would be on my list. Tender pieces of chicken are swimming in a creamy tomato sauce that’s to die for. I also love, love, love their malai kofta–delicate cheese balls that are fried and dunked in a spiced sauce. Of course you can’t leave without trying the flavourful tandoori chicken or melt-in-your-mouth lamb curry.

Another one of my favourite items is the spinach paneer–a mixture of creamed spinach and Indian cheese that is earthy and satisfying. I also love watching their chef churn out naan (fluffy flatbread for scooping up sauces) at the tandoor oven sitting right in the middle of the buffet.

Of course there are also petite, crispy samosas stuffed with potato and peas and golden brown pakoras (battered spinach that is deep fried) perfect for starters. If you like something sweet to balance it out, try the tamarind chutney over top. I also like the mint chutney for a real kick.

Their dessert buffet is always impressive with some of my favourites including mango ice cream served in adorable little terracotta pots and gulab jamun–cheese balls fried and served with sweet syrup flavoured with rosewater and cardamon. Totally to die for.

And finally, make sure you try a mango lassi–kind of like an Indian milkshake–for a creamy and sweet treat.


4Play Sports Bar
323 Portage Avenue, 221-4583

If you haven’t heard of (or been to) 4Play Sports Bar yet, you’re missing out on an experience unlike anywhere else in the city. Modeled after similar concepts in places like Las Vegas, 4Play Sports Bar is like man heaven (or woman heaven too if you want–I’m all for equal rights).

The former nightclub location looks similar on the surface, but here, it’s all about the presentation.

The first thing you’ll notice is a towering 24-ft screen blasting TSN and SportsNet all day long. In front of the screen, they don’t have boring old tables–they have an entire 50-person living room of cozy leather chairs replete with cup holders and detachable trays. If they hadn’t made me leave, I might have moved in there.

Can you imagine watching the Bombers win the Grey Cup on a screen bigger than your house in a chair better than anything you have in your house? Actually, it felt kind of like I was in first class on an airplane with that little tray across my legs as someone brought me beer and appetizers. (Definitely not just man heaven then.)

On top of all that, they’ve got an entire bank of Wiis where you can play to your heart’s content as well as a golf and soccer simulator. They’ve got pool tables, Foosball tables and even tables where you can sit and eat (novel, I know).

There are 32 TVs and a DJ controlling them all. So if you and some friends decide you’d like to watch the Westminster Dog Show in your little corner (it’s a sport right?), then you just let him know.

They’ve added another bar on the main floor (never a bad thing) and have many varieties of beer on tap, including Sapporo which I’ve never seen outside of a can before. And of course, what would a sports bar be without some hardy grub? They’ve got all the usual varieties of burgers, wings and fries as well as creative plates like cute little mini-burgers with four different toppings, poutine and yam fries. Yum, yum, yum. (Never mind that I was drinking at noon on a Monday, it was totally worth the effort to stay awake for the rest of the afternoon.)

There’s also a really posh VIP room upstairs that you can reserve for meetings and presentations.

It’s a place with endless potential as a destination in downtown. They are constantly hosting exciting events to coincide with your favourite sporting events with specials, contests and more. This place is just really, really cool.

60 thoughts on “A little spice and everything nice

  1. I would LOVE to try East India Company! I have lived in Winnipeg for 4 years now and have been told this place is amazing and a must try, but for some reason my husband and I have never made the trip. So it would be great to finally try it!



  2. This is such a wonderful idea! I love eating downtown! There’s a vibrancy to it that you can’t beat anywhere in the city! Sadly, I have yet to try East Indian Company but have always wanted to!

  3. I would love to try the East India Company! My boyfriend has been trying to convince me for so long, I think this would be a nice surprise!

  4. I’d love to check out East India Company. I love Indian food, I can never get enough butter chicken and naan bread. Not to overlook Palaak Paneer! My mouth’s watering even thinking about it

  5. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never been to the famous Winnipeg establishment, the East India Company. Always wanted to try it, just never have made it there….yet!

  6. Would absolutely love to go to East India Company. One of those things that I’ve been saying I’ll do “one day”… just need to get my butt over there already!

  7. 4Play looks like an awesome bar, I have yet to go but winning a gift certificate for my first time there would be amazing and very much appreciated!

  8. Gee, I love this place,
    The food is hot and with the prompt service, there is always
    enought time at lunch to go there.

  9. I would love to try East India Company. I walk by there often and the aroma is so wonderful. A $50 gift card would surely get me in the door. Thanks for your great give-a-ways Peggy.

  10. Put me down for the 4Play drawing! I’ve been meaning to check that place out for a while now 🙂

    I’ve been to East India many times now, and it truly is amazing! No gift card needed to get my hungry butt there!

  11. 4Play sounds like such an awesome establishment. I know many people who have eaten there and I’ve heard many mixed reviews. I would LOVE to try 4Play, maybe even have a lunch date there with some co-workers!

  12. I’d like to try the East India Company. I love Indian food, but haven’t had the chance to come by this restaurant yet. I’ve heard from many people that it’s really good there as well as the service.

  13. I would also love the try The East India company. Have been meaning to go there for a long time. I have hear it is fabulous..Thanks

  14. I’d would LOVE to check out 4Play Sports Bar. I’m new to the ‘Peg and there isn’t anything like this, from what I’ve heard, back home. I can’t wait to check out some NBA playoff games there (unless they coincide with hockey playoff games…I’ve resigned myself that hockey takes precedence). Love the blog!

  15. 4Play would be wicked! Dropped in there quickly at the end of summer, thought it was one of the coolest places! Can’t wait to get back there this summer.

  16. I’d like to try 4Play. I haven’t been there yet, but I’m really impressed that business owners would take a big chance on downtown and make a huge investment. Having that place next to the arena is a big plus!

  17. Wow!!!! How can I not say pick me for the GC to East India Company, it sounds so yummy!!! I have always wanted to go there and for some reason when my boyfriend and I decide on indian we never end up there. I have heard so many great things about this restaurant and would LOVE to try it out.

  18. I say you can never “re” try the East India Company enough. I don’t think they have ever perfected the butter chicken and must keep going back to see if it is finally impeccable! LOL

  19. Voting 4Play for my husband who a hard core Boston Fan and would love to watch Boston at 4Play for his B-Day which is coming up soon 🙂

  20. I’ve been wanting to try the East India Company for a long time, and was in fact just talking about it with co-workers yesterday! I’d love to win a gift certificate…so please enter my name!

  21. I would love to try East India Company! I’ve worked downtown for years, yet somehow, have never been.
    On the other hand, with its massive big screen tv’s, I bet my boyfriend would like to try 4play.

  22. I love East India Company and would go every week if I could, but I am very curious about the crazy comfy seats, the super-sized screens and the private viewing areas I hear they have at 4Play.

    Great idea by the way!~

  23. I have been to East India Company many times; their food is out of this world and I recommend it to people all the time! While I would love a gift certificate in order to go back, I would really like to try out 4Play – it sounds like it would be a good place to go with some friends/co-workers, or with just my husband – I know he would like the sports aspect! They have an interesting concept going on there. About time I went to experience it!

  24. Dessert Sinsations is where I would like to have lunch. So many desserts and only a little time to eat just one.

  25. My husband and I have always been fans of the Spaghetti Factory and have been going there with our parents since we were kids. It’s even more special now that we take our daughter there. Three generations and something for everyone!

  26. Muddy Waters please! I have not been to Muddy Waters since it opened years ago and love bbq! The atmosphere of The Forks is great and enjoy downtown in general so send me for dinner! Lol

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