Mask Restaurant-Gimli


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.

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Kath’s quote:“Love, like a chicken salad or restaurant hash, must be taken with blind faith or it loses its flavor.”-Helen Rowland

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4 Comments to

“Mask Restaurant-Gimli”

  1. Avatar May 17th, 2011 at 12:02 pm caroline Says:

    The awswer is AWESOME! The people that own the Mask are great- they were more than likely there as he is in the kitchen and she looks after the floor. Everything I have had has been amazing- curent personal fave is the Pickerel sandwich! Isaya loves the burgers- in which the cook puts gril fried cheese!! And desert is also really great- the presention is lovely. I have yet to eat on the “fine” side but the the regular side is just fine with me!!
    Happy to hear you came to the other side of the lake!!

  2. Avatar May 17th, 2011 at 12:04 pm kath Says:

    Have you also been to Casa Bianca which I hear is fabulous?

  3. Avatar June 3rd, 2011 at 10:28 am judith Says:

    we are surprised to know that atleast some people got something good to eat from the “MASK”,so HE knows how to cook and SHE knows how to serve,wonders happens sometimes …..we guess
    any way check this out

  4. Avatar June 6th, 2011 at 8:36 am kath Says:

    Apparantly the diner in the review and ourselves were after two different experiences: we were already in Gimli looking for a place to grab breakfast and were delighted with the not “fine dining” area of the restaurant. Had I driven out from Winnipeg with a Michelin recommendation, the experience may have been very different. I will point out though that I am not a restaurant critic but a “food appreciator”.

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