Bon appétit! From gravy-soaked poutines to hearty Irish stews to eclectic fine seafood and dining, your culinary senses will delight in these popular eateries across eastern Canada.
La Banquise, Montreal, QC
The home of the quintessential French Canadian cuisine of poutine – fries, gravy and melted cheese curds – is here. With 28 variations to boot, a selection of microbrewery beers and a charming terrace, this establishment is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Casse Cape Breton, Quebec City, QC
Located in the UNESCO Heritage site of Quebec City’s old town, we think Casse Cape Breton is the place to go for deliciously sweet and savoury gourmet crepes. You can choose one from the set menu or pick your own ingredients from your own imagination.
The Black Tomato, Ottawa, ON
Its main entrance surrounded by stone walls of a heritage building may look intimidating from the outside; however, inside, this bistro located within the Byward Market is a charismatic dining experience. A local’s favourite, we consider this place a hidden gem, particularly in the summer when it comes to life thanks to the opening of the patio. With a hip and vibrant ambience hosted in part by artistic décor, the Black Tomato boasts a menu inspired by a fusion of flavours yielded from its fresh, seasonal ingredients.
The Old Triangle, Halifax, NS
The Old Triangle is a great example of the Irish influence in eastern Canada. This pub is a great spot for locals and out of town folk who wish to enjoy the well-known Maritime friendly hospitality with delicious fare at a reasonable price. The atmosphere is made more energetic with live celtic/folk music and décor that gives you an experience you will not forget and wish to have over and over again.
Aux Anciens Canadiens, Quebec City, QC
Step back in time, and dine in a slice of history inside the Maison Jacquet, one of the oldest houses in Quebec at the Aux Anciens Canadiens restaurant. The stone walls, warm atmosphere, knowledgeable staff dressed in period clothing combined with an authentic Quebec inspired à la carte menu that includes deer, elk, bison, and you have unique culinary experience; reminiscent of the 17th century period when it was originally built.
L’Auberge Le Saint Gabriel, Montreal, QC
Experience the delightful culinary expertise inside one of Montreal’s oldest buildings (1688). Featuring their own sommelier and a plethora of wines to select, this establishment features masterful creations at the hands of Chef Eric Gonzalez. The site of the first liquor license granted under British rule, much of the building’s architecture has been maintained, down to large wooden beams in the dining area. Look out for the moose bodies and try the snow globe as dessert.