Eat well in Gaspésie!
Summer is coming soon (hopefully) and with summer come vacations and this summer I'm going in Gaspésie.
Is there anyone here who knows great little places to eat well? What are your recommendation, anywhere around the peninsula is fine because we will be traveling around.
The must-eat place in Perce used to be Gargantua, although I'm not sure it is still open. The restaurant had been there for decades and featured very large plates of delicious home-style french food. The owner was this tiny ancient frenchman who was always doing the rounds. However I believe he died some years ago and I don't know if the restaurant kept on, maybe a googling is in order.
Otherwise the Gite du Mont-Albert is a nice place to visit and should have good food. But the last time I visited (6-7 years ago), I saw that Gaspesie was not a the place for great gastronomic experiences. You'd figure if there was a place that could prepare decent fish and lobster it would be there, although half the time (or more) it was terrible. Anyway, things may have gotten better since.
Some of the places I've been to:
Capitaine Homard (St-Flavie): lobster (of course!) a place with a lot of character. I once left Montreal at 1pm to eat there at 10pm. There are signs along the highway even before QC city.
Restaurant du Gite du Mont-Albert (in SEPAQ Parc de la Gaspésie): fine dining but $$
Restaurant Mathilde (Percé): French and regional cuisine, a tadbit too expensive, like everything in Percé.
Le Pic-Assiette Bistro (Carleton-sur-mer): tapas style food, terrace with sea view....
It took 9h to get to Sainte-Flavie? Wow... It's more like 6:30. Anyway.
The recs are not in Gaspésie per se but along the way.
There's this gelatto place just when you exit highway 20 in Cacouna, can't remember the name but it's on the right just when you drive from the yield on the 132. You'll see it. Pretty good stuff, the guy studied ice cream making in Italy.
Fromagerie des Basques, just before Trois-Pistoles is also decent for cheese if not on par with Perron. Still pretty good, especially the fresh curds and the cracked pepper cheese.
In Rimouski, Bistro Chez St-Pierre on Cathédrale is supposed to be really good based on what I've read and heard about the bigger restaurant in Bic. It just opened. Could make for a good lunch or dinner option on the way to or back from Gaspésie. I've seen the menu, it looks interesting and prices are more than decent. Most of the mains are under $20.
The gelato place is called Les Glaces Ali-Baba.
521, route 132 Est
In Rimouski I like Cantine de la Gare. They have this poutine, I think it's called Poutine de la gare, that is like a poutine steak haché but with creamy coleslaw on top. OMG.
2 Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste Est, Rimouski, QC G5L 8Y3
G5L 8Y3, Canada
This is amazing guys, thank you so much! We recently bought a house near Percé and maybe one day, when I'm older ;) I would like to open a summer restaurant downthere...
This summer I want to go around the peninsula and taste the local food. Last year I went for the first time and it was pouring rain, I hope that we get better luck this summer!
Thanks again yall!
Man, how many of them poutine with cole slaw and ground beef have I eaten at 3:30 in the morning when I was still living there. Can you believe I was in Rimouski twice in 2 weeks in may and didn't even go for a poutine? Shame on me... I'm no longer a man of my hometown I guess.
The resto in RDL is called L'Estaminet. Pretty good, actually.
I know the region pretty well, and the best poutine in town is, believe it or not, an the Mini-Putt (don't laugh...I'm serious).
I drove right by the Cantine de la Gare in Rimouski Monday afternoon...I should have stopped.