This lovely restaurant is owned and staffed by husband and wife team. They wanted to run a business that didn't run them, so to speak. They're open two nights a week and in the summer run a food truck three days a week. You can follow on Facebook for current truck menus and location. Such a sweet couple and they made the evening thoroughly enjoyable. What really makes this restaurant stand out is the surprise menu. You choose if you want a five or seven course and that's it. You and the rest of the patrons enjoy the same menu. This is what has allowed the proprietors to run it all by themselves. I have always wanted to try a french restaurant, but I'm intimidated when it comes to ordering off a menu, so this was perfect.
We forgot to take a picture of the second course, but here's what we ate. My David was kind enough to document each course so I could blog about it. I love that he "gets" me and supports me in all my craziness. (As always, click on the picture to enlarge)
Creamed cucumber and fresh fennel soup with dijon and creme fraiche topping
Corn pasta in a creamed garlic sauce with fresh mint and pine nuts
Wild pacific salmon with honey tarragon sauce served with quinoa and zucchini
Beef, pork and chicken liver with apricot "french meatloaf", Creme fraiche blue cheese gravy, fresh new potatoes and asparagus
Mixed greens salad with a white balsamic and olive oil vinaigrette topped with pear, blue cheese and candied walnuts
Whipped cheesecake, frozen and topped with blueberries and blueberry sauce
We also had this little gentleman join us on our date. Beaujena was a little skeptical about his lasting through the meal, but when we left she said that people seemed surprised when we left with the baby that they didn't even realize was there.
Little things that added to our experience... being so welcomed by the proprietors, being served dessert by chef Randy (in his freshly saved chef's coat) with happy anniversary wishes, being seated in the private booth, trying new food and taking our time to enjoy the whole experience.
If you are in Winnipeg and would like to eat at Beaujena's, we have $10 off coupons up for grabs.