8 FOOD-LOVER FAVOURITES IN BROME-MISSISQUOI
Whether you’re on the road looking for a food or snack stop, or a place where you can dine on a succulent table d’hôte meal, there are a wealth of options for you in the Eastern Townships. Avowed foodie and culinary aficionado, here’s the list of my favourites, with the ultimate aim of getting your tummy rumbling in anticipation.
Les sucreries de l’érable
What could be better than finishing off your road trip to Vermont by indulging in some maple sugar pie with a cup of fresh brewed coffee? Situated in Frelighsburg, this former general store that’s been converted into a restaurant, knows how to please lovers of sweet treats, pastas and local “terroir” products. A must-stop.
Musée du chocolat (museum)
A place I discovered in Bromont during my recent paternity leave. Not only can you savour the divine chocolaty pleasures, but the Eggs Benedict are out of this world. My mouth is watering as I write these words.
Make a stop at this new restaurant on Main Street in Dunham to enjoy Brome-Missisquoi’s wines and alcohol products, assorted beers from Québec microbreweries and simple but pure cooking featuring products from the region. A summertime suggestion: the grilled turkey brochette with yogurt, garlic and mint. Mmm!
Masterfully managed by Ugo-Vincent Mariotti, the Bistro’s executive chef and the former chef of the highly acclaimed Le Beaver Hall and Ferreira restaurants, the menu pays a resounding tribute to the flavours of the Eastern Townships while offering sublime food and wine matchings. And, oh yes, the wine list is quite impressive.
Le Cellier du Roi
Newly arrived in the region, the Royal Bromont restaurant relies on the expertise of Jérôme Ferrer (Europea) to conjure up some guilty pleasures on your plate. Scallops, foie gras, carpaccio, macaroons, house gnocchis; all you need to enjoy a memorable experience in fine dining. The fantastic view overlooking the mountains is an added bonus.
Le Canard Gourmand
Located in Farnham, the restaurant offers regional cooking, combined with imported private-label and local wines in a bistro-style setting. Patrons go for the duck confit dumplings, the Appalachian Red Deer terrine and the Coureur des bois crème brûlée.
Le Pleasant Hôtel & Café
Whether you’re in the mood for a nice breakfast or an exquisite supper, this little jewel of Sutton will tantalize your taste buds. The freshness and quality of the food and the meticulous preparation in the kitchen are the daily vocation of the Pleasant’s chef, Nicolas Normandeau. How can you resist the Stanstead smoked rabbit chorizo frittata or the braised beef cheeks? The skeptics will be won over.
Are you planning a stop along the Wine Route? Why not combine convenience and pleasure by touring the Orpailleur vineyard to delight in some fine cooking that pairs local “terroir” and vineyard products? Raise a glass of grey wine to my health – this is my favourite wine.