Experienced during Dine About Winnipeg
Tried Bailey's for the first time during Dine About Winnipeg 2011. I had been warned that, in previous years, Dine About participants had felt rushed to finish and leave; the feeling was that the restaurant wanted to "make room for higher-paying patrons". Despite this, I didn't want to be biased, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. Seeing the older, formal décor (coats of arms along the dark wood wall?!), I felt a little underdressed... but many people around me were dressed VERY casually (maybe an artifact of Dine About?). I ordered the California mixed greens with popyseed dressing, strawberries, mandarins, and blueberries, which was fine (though they went quite heavy on the thick creamy dressing). My entrée was the New York Steak Royal stuffed with crab and topped with béarnaise. I found the steak a little tough (despite ordering medium-rare), and the crab seemed like it came from a can. The mixed vegetables and potatoes served alongside were quite tasty. Dessert was a chocolate cup with strawberries in Cointreau, with "crème Anglaise" (it was definitely whipped cream) and caramel and raspberry coulis. This was my favourite part; the presentation was stunning. Our server was nice, but not very present... we ran out of water multiple times, waiting for him to refill it for us. Overall, the meal was nice... but it didn't really stand out in my mind as a memorable meal. I may return to try the standard menu, which looked tasty and apparently garnered good reviews (above).