The best spot in downtown Regina for a healthy, creative lunch is Tangerine, a little food bar a couple blocks from my apartment which has grown a rabid following from the ground up. I go three times a week at least, and since the menu is written fresh each day, there’s always something different to try.
One of the oddest-sounding combos with the greatest payoff recently was the banana-stuffed chicken breast, wrapped in bacon and served over greens with a peanut dressing. The salty, the sweet, the nuttiness of it all - I couldn’t believe how well it all worked together.
There is always a savoury tart on the list of daily features, which has made me come to appreciate the egg at lunch in ways I never thought I could. The first one pictured is a kale and chorizo frittata with fresh tomato, dill and white cheddar soup, and the second is a crustless quiche with crab and swiss cheese and tom yum soup on the side.
The salads change every day too; this here is a curried couscous salad with root vegetable soup, nice on a day that feels light and meatless (yes, I have those too.)
Now this salad I absolutely made love to. Soy-glazed pork, watermelon, grape tomatoes and paneer on a bed of greens. Holy shit, talk about balance. Watermelon is a good fruit to add to a savoury salad - it’s just sweet enough without being overly tart or syrupy.
To top it all off, this place serves an amazing weekend brunch. Above is a recent egg special, poached over salmon, fennel and green apple slices with a béarnaise sauce, and an amazing toasted house-made granola with berries and yogurt. Awesome.
Tangerine, keep doing what you do.