I'm still not sure why a restaurant in the southern quarter of Winnipeg would be named "North Garden", especially since its focus isn't on Northern Chinese cuisine. Whatever the case may be, it has become my favourite Chinese restaurant in Winnipeg, and so far it is the restaurant I've visited the most whenever I'm in Winnipeg. It offers a wide selection of authentic Chinese dishes, at times adapting with certain more local ingredients (such as steaming fresh Manitoba pickerel instead of more traditional saltwater fish like tilapia). On days I've been there, which has either been on weekends or on holidays (my most recent visit being on Louis Riel Day), one has had to show up before 6:00pm to get a table; a line-up for both dining in the restaurant and to complete take-out orders was almost certain by 6:30pm.
Having been here before I've had some other dishes such as Marinated Duck (Lo Sui Ngap/Lu Shui Ya), Braised Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables (Mui Choy Kau Yuk/Mei Cai Kou Rou) and Stir-Fried String Beans with Ground Pork and Olives. I thought I'd try a couple of different dishes, but I also went back for some old standbys that I just couldn't deny myself from having. Knowing that I would not have much time in the upcoming days to actually cook myself some meals, I ordered a bit more than usual to ensure I had enough leftovers for a couple of dinners at home.
Hopefully, the next time I return to this place it would be with a few friends, because the more mouths there are to feed at a table, the more dishes are needed, and therefore the more dishes can be sampled. I'm glad that there is a decent restaurant like North Garden to offer authentic Chinese cuisine whenever I visit Winnipeg, allowing me to satisfy my cravings for dishes I still cannot find back in Brandon nor cannot make myself.
Name: North Garden Chinese Restaurant
Address: 6-33 University Cres., Winnipeg, MB
Price Range: $10-$20/dish