Pull off the highway to or from Calgary into the old mining town of Kimberley BC. Ask any of the locals where to find Nina's. There you'll be delighted by the miniature Austrian chalets that are built into the side of a walkable hill leading up to the main & thankfully life sized home of owner operators Roland and NIna. Local myth tells us that they arrived in 1985 where he is the food and beverage guy at the ski hills. Nina however was home sick and missed the ambience of her home country. Roland promised to recreate that environment by constructing one miniature chalet on their "front yard". Today as you walk up the path to the real restaurant, over two dozen such houses line the way.
Nina is at the top of the hill. She has a ready smile and wide open arms to welcome you like a long lost family member. There is only one item each day on the lunch menu. We had turkey sandwiches with a yam soup. Both delicious and rounded out with Black Forest Cake and a Chocolate cake. These could have done with a little more defrosting to get rid of the ice in the centre. But the ambience and the sense that a beautiful love story made it possible for us to enjoy a unique place made everything else seem trivial.
The restaurant is only open end of June July, Aug and September. Take your camera.
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