Shirley is the Star Grill. Her joy and passion for food is evident the moment you step into the 12-table restaurant. "I was cleaning out my son's closet back in 1988 when I discovered a poster of the stars." This was Shirley's inspiration for the name, and the poster proudly hangs at the front of the restaurant. Shirley believes that it is important to surround ourselves with positive energy. "You can conquer all with positive energy. My restaurant has evolved due to the people who work here... great energy comes from within our people and the success of the Star Grill comes from their combined energy."
Open brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Prices widely.
Across from the Assiniboine Park footbridge sits a small eatery, a mixture of food and fantasy. Celestial maps and stars grace the walls and you can have a heavenly reading done by way of tarot cards, I Ching numerology or tealeaves.
The cafeteria-style sugar shakers are in direct contradiction to the sophistication of the menu. But this is all part of the plan that Shirley has for her restaurant. "I want it to be a place where everyone feels comfortable, with a menu that will bring people back time and again, whether they are in the mood for a wonderfully exotic dinner, a decadent homemade dessert to or a homemade burger." Quality ingredient and attention to detail are the common links that build the menu items together.
Star Grill has six chefs on staff who are constantly creating new taste combinations for customers to enjoy. Thai spinach tort, Hoisin stir-fry, and an exotic fusion dish of salmon with fresh mango sambucca sauce are all customer favourites.
Shirley has a very personal passion for desserts. "I eat two desserts every night by candlelight in bed; some people might think it's strange" but this is how Shirley chooses to enjoy the masterpieces she bakes. Her signature dessert is a mile high lemon pie that Shirley bakes in honour of Lynda who made it for 20 years for Shirley's family.
When designing her menu, Shirley wanted to give vegetarians a place to come. Shirley is very sensitive to this lifestyle choice, as it is one that both her and her son have chosen for themselves. "We don't advertise but people know our cooking style respects personal food choice." Many dishes are available as vegetarian, chicken beef or shrimp.
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