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La Gaspesienne 51: A lovely restaurant in Sillery
This project by the Desbois family—Bertrand, Myriam and Katherine—came to fruition in June 2017; two months after the opening of their fish shop a few meters from the restaurant. Bertrand is at the very source of the seafood, being a fisherman in Gaspésie for the fish shop and the restaurant. He also supplies the fish shop/restaurant Pêcheries Bertrand Desbois in Matane. Myriam is the general manager and also ensures the smooth running of the fish market, in collaboration with Katherine, the operations manager. The project emerged in response to customer demand following the move from the Marché du Vieux-Port, where they sold their products. This demand was also aimed at creating a seafood restaurant in Quebec City.
Myriam—with the help of LUSINE—designed the charming 38-seat space, which evokes the spirit of Gaspésie.
The menu is the work of Janie Labrie, and proposes beautiful dishes; cod accras, salmon gravlax, and tender grilled octopus are but a few of the offerings. You can also savour a generous fisherman’s plate featuring General Tao style burgers, a nice piece of salmon, mussels with 1608 cheese, and a whole lobster and snow crab (all varying seasonally of course). There is also a blackboard menu that varies according to captain Bertrand Desbois’ catches, as well as a “$1 oyster” formula on Thursdays.
To drink, the wine list offers about twenty accessible choices, many of them private imports. There is a strong presence of Loire wines and several choices of classic cocktails. About twenty choices of beers are also available, from microbreweries such as Le Bockale, La Fabrique, le Naufrageur, Pit Caribou, and Les Grand Bois.
Any gourmet will fall under the spell of La Gaspesienne 51!
Written by Paule-Rachel Lalonde
Photography by La Gaspesienne 51