February 27, 2012 |by Candice Walsh | 0 Comments
Jumbo Sea Scallop at Mystic
The food revolution in Newfoundland is bit of a phenomenon. While traditional food is still very widely appreciated around the province, restaurants and chefs are starting to get creative. The result is some exceptional dining opportunities, even in the most remote of towns.
These are some of my favourite restaurants I’ve encountered in the past year.
The Gaultois Inn, Gaultois: Located in one of the most isolated towns in the province, The Gaultois Inn somehow manages to pull off fine dining just perfectly. The restaurant is manned by Toronto chef Souren Wannis, and features some delicious seafood meals. Try the shrimp linguini, and don’t forget to ask for some of their perfect garlic toast.
48 High, Grand Falls-Windsor: Growing up next door to Grand Falls-Windsor, I never expected to find anything other than fast food restaurants. Imagine my surprise when I found 48 High! I ordered the seafood medley, followed by the old fashioned bread pudding for dessert. It’s still one of my most memorable dining experiences!
Mystic, Gander: If I’m being honest, Gander has never been one of my favourite Newfoundland destinations. But this weekend I was in town for a conference, and on Friday night I was scheduled for dinner at the Mystic restaurant located inside the Sinbad hotel.
It was actually one of the best food experiences of my life. I had the jumbo sea scallop with mango salsa, the breaded sea bass with sherry cream sauce, and the pineapple rum napoleons for dessert. I don’t even know what half of that stuff means.
Java Jack’s, Rocky Harbour: No wonder Lonely Planet and Fodor’s love Java Jack’s! This adorable restaurant in Gros Morne National Park, and much of their ingredients come from the onsite organic garden. They feature tons of Newfoundland specialities (including seafood, of course), and I highly recommend the fish cakes. Baked to perfection, and at a SWEET affordable price!
Louis Gee’s: Alright, I couldn’t wrap-up this article without at least one fast-food place. When I lived in Corner Brook for two years, Louis Gee’s was the place to go for hangover feeds! Their pizzas are fantastic, but their real speciality is the garlic fingers. Do NOT forget the donair sauce...trust me on that one. Don’t count calories, and enjoy!
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