On our way to our cottage, when we drive over the last hill with our first glance of the lake, we can often see the lights of Gimli on the opposite shore. The distance is about twenty miles as the crow flies and yet we often do not get over to the east shore of Lake Winnipeg. But on this weekend, we were invited to a family wedding and decided to stay the night to enjoy some time meandering the shops and galleries of this Icelandic community.
We asked for breakfast recommendations and the Mask Restaurant was the unanimous choice. The cafe has two entrances-one for breakfast and lunch and the other for fine dining. The casual side is painted a beautiful “brillante giallo” -a vibrant yellow reminiscent of cafes that we visited on the west coast of Italy.
Sisters #2 and 3 were immediately drawn to order the Eggs Benedict- a family favourite. I got to taste the homemade hollandaise sauce on the dish that I just had to try.
The “Fisherman’s” breakfast includes a pan-fried piece of pickerel with a drizzle of the lemony/buttery sauce. Fish for breakfast? Well, never before, but it was amazingly delicious! The dish also included two rashes of crispy bacon, a perfectly cooked over-easy egg, lacy hash brown potatoes and marble rye toast.
Our server was always around to refill the fabulous coffee or a stronger European blend if you so choose. If breakfast is this good, what on earth would dinner be like?
Alas, it will be a very long time before I get to find out as the regular treks to “our” side of the lake are about to begin.
Kath’s quote:“Love, like a chicken salad or restaurant hash, must be taken with blind faith or it loses its flavor.”-Helen Rowland