The Gates 6945 Roblin Blvd.

Tenderloin with chorizo, garnished with apple and roasted tomato salsa.

Tenderloin with chorizo, garnished with apple and roasted tomato salsa.

Just outside Winnipeg is the community of Headingley. The pastoral setting where The Gates is located can instantly provide the rural ambience you may be craving. Our reservation for four put us at a window near the front of the restaurant where we felt like we were in the formal dining room of a good friend’s home.

My husband and I shared spice-rubbed, pan-seared scallops perched atop crisp lardon (similar to bacon), roasted grape tomatoes and Brussels sprouts. The dish was beautifully enhanced with honey lavender aioli. Our hosts shared their own scallops along with herb and flour -crusted squid served with chili lime tzatziki.

For our mains, I chose the evening’s special of salmon in phyllo, with shrimp and beet risotto. My husband was over the moon with the house-made spinach linguine, fennel, tomato, asparagus and honey lavender cream. He and our host both decided to team the pasta with seafood and were very impressed with the bevy of succulent mussels and shrimp.

Our female host opted for the herb-salted tenderloin with chorizo and apple salsa served with roasted tomato salsa hash. It looked so delicious that I think that I will have to taste it in the near future.

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