Eating in Gimli, Manitoba
Gimli is home to an inspiring fish scene. And with fresh fish comes delicious seafood and unique Icelandic treats that recall the area's cultural history.
Have your pick of pickerel at these Gimli restaurants that serve fresh fish in a variety of styles.
At Beach Boy, filets are served with fries and Greek salad, but try the pan-fried pickerel cheeks, which many consider the best part. (70 1 Ave.; 204-642-7560)
Opened by French-born chef Stephane Thierry, Mask Restaurant features pickerel on the menu, with a fabulous cream of potato soup and a poached egg. (129 7 Ave.; 204-642-4727)
Seagulls Restaurant and Lounge
At the Seagulls Restaurant and Lounge inside the Lakeview Resort, try the panko-breaded pickerel sandwich in a lakeside setting. (10 Centre St.; 204-642-8565)
St. Norbert Farmer's Market
Down at the St. Norbert Farmer’s Market in Winnipeg, seek out Arni Matheson’s table, Smokey Joe’s Fish and pick up his frozen, wood-smoked pickerel fillets for $8/lb. (3514 Pembina Hwy., St. Norbert; 204-642-2706)
Opening in 2009, the café serves up Icelandic pastries, including kleinur (sugared donuts). Check out the clock on the wall—it shows the time in Gimli and Reykjavik. (41 Centre St.; 204-642-7598)
Every Wednesday afternoon, golden agers gather here to speak Icelandic and eat vinatarta, the delicious prune and cardamom Icelandic torte. (94 1 St.; 204-642-7232)
Kris’ Fish & Chips
This casual joint on the main strip offers Icelandic specialties including Fiskibollur or fish balls and potatoes, Icelandic beer and the Eyjafjallajokull sundae, named after the massive volcanic eruption in 2010 (comprised of soft ice cream with chunks of vinatarta and covered in raspberry sauce). Can’t pronounce it? Just ask for the Icelandic explosion. (78A 1 Ave; 204-642-8848)
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