Root 98 may not be a new arrival at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, but its name change (previously ‘Flight Club’) and its elevated, health-focused dining experience are a departure from your usual airport fare.
Taking its name from a herbs and seeds inspired menu, along with the year the successful Plaza Premium Group was founded (1998), Root 98 offers artistically plated dishes for lunch, dinner, and now even breakfast, meaning you can enjoy a healthy, hearty meal before your early morning flight (the restaurant is open 7:30am-12:00am daily).
Located in the arrivals area, the restaurant is also open to the general public, not just those with a passport in hand.
Delicious new breakfast options include the Spinach and Smoked Salmon Omelette, served with hash browns, fresh fruit, and toast for $14, and the ‘Toba Breakfast Poutine, in which golden French fries are topped with two eggs, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, melted cheese curds and gravy, also $14.
Along with it, choose from a selection of cold-pressed juices, pots of herbal teas, or artfully designed espresso drinks.
For lunch and dinner, consider the Plant-based Beyond Beef Burger, a vegan patty with vegan cheddar, pickled beetroot, and herb-flavoured hummus served on a gluten free bun with fries or salad for $17, or the Shrimp Wonton Soup with a miso broth, shredded nori and shitake mushrooms, $12. Salads, salmon, steak, and sandwiches also grace the sizable menu, prepared by chef Ramina Ritual.
A selection of local beers from the likes of Barnhammer Brewing, Torque Brewing, Little Brown Jug, and others are available alongside craft cocktails.
Don’t forget about dessert before your departure—the Warm Flourless Moroccan Orange Cake and the vanilla custard Crème Brulee are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Root 98 covers your parking charge if you purchase $30 of food and beverage, making it an easy choice for your next meal at the airport.
Bon appétit and bon voyage!