Cozy Farm-to-Table Dining in a European Ambiance

From the very beginning, Breakfast Bistro chef Niki Haritos wanted to “flip” the popular bistro at night into a more formal restaurant with a different menu. The trouble was, in its original location, “we had zero space for prepping an extra menu.” But Breakfast Bistro’s new spot has that space, so last fall the dream became reality — Luna Kitchen + Bar.

A defining feature is the European ambiance — something Haritos wanted because she grew up in Europe. “What I really missed about buildings in Europe is that there are windows everywhere,” she says. Luna has windows in abundance, wrapping around the entire length of the restaurant, offering a view over a small lake. The 60-person deck just outside those windows is the perfect place to enjoy an fresh-air meal, cut off from the busy world.

The European ambiance continues inside with a cozy fireplace and light fixtures with vintage bulbs that give a warm, candle-like glow. Paintings by Saskatchewan artist Michaela Hoppe show scenes from Italy and Greece. For special occasions, there’s a private room than can comfortably seat 25.

Of course, the heart of any restaurant is its food, and there, too, Luna shines. “It’s farm-to-table,” Haritos says, highlighting local ingredients in everything from steaks (using the highest-grade beef) to duck, trout, made-from-scratch pastas, and made-fresh-daily soups.

Even the gin for the signature cocktails is infused in-house, with everything from strawberries to Earl Gray tea. “Way better than store-bought,” Haritos says.

Combining casual comfort with an elegant European feel and fresh, homemade, farm-to-table food, Luna Restaurant + Bar is Regina’s most exciting new restaurant — a true culinary treasure.

 

Luna Kitchen + Bar

3215 East Quance St.

Regina

306.306.1811

lunakitchenbar.ca

Farm-Fresh Fabulous Food, Sunlight to Candlelight

Chef Niki Haritos (alongside chef Fred Madrid) of Breakfast Bistro, realized early on while working in other breakfast places, that she could make a home-made breakfast that was both easier and better than “just putting frozen McCain hash browns in a fryer.”

That realization produced Breakfast Bistro, a far cry from your typical diner with its cloth tablecloths, linen napkins, fireplace, big windows, and most of all, farm-fresh food. “Ninety-five percent of our foods are local,” Haritos says, including eggs, potatoes, bacon and more.

The menu includes not only classics like Eggs Benedict (“bennies”), waffles, omelettes, and steak and eggs, but creative weekend breakfast features such as cinnamon roll pancakes and Boston cream French toast. “We’re always working to come up with new things,” Haritos says. Some features prove so popular they get added to the menu, like the chicken and waffles.

The bennies are among the bistro’s most popular items, and the secret’s in the sauce. “Our hollandaise is something everyone talks about,” Haritos says. “I think it’s the local eggs and the butter we use. In a lot of places, no one makes actual hollandaisee.”

There’s also a variety of gluten-free and vegan selections, so everyone can find something to enjoy. And don’t think you can only get breakfast at the Breakfast Bistro; it also offers sandwiches and wraps, soups made fresh daily, salads, and more. Haritos points to the triple-decker grilled cheese sandwich as a lunch standout.

As she puts it, “Breakfast Bistro is open from sunlight to candlelight for breakfast, lunch and dinner”— which means the fabulous fresh food and friendly staff are waiting for you right now.

 

Breakfast Bistro

3215 East Quance St.

Regina

306.206.1811

breakfastbistro.ca