Eating out in the countryside, no matter where you are, has always been, in my experience, a tricky business. But when you’re on holiday, you don’t really feel like cooking either. Well, at least I don’t.
Food in the countryside is also often fresher, tastier and just different to a lot of the stuff we get in the city.
Upon arrival in Mauricie, my partner in crime and I drove around for a while - got lost a lot and then finally decided on:
1. Restaurant Toit Rouge
1011 Chemin. St. Francois, St. Mathieu-Du-Parc, Québec, Canada
The restaurant bills itself as ‘the last restaurant before the park’, and you better take their word on it (or find out for yourself, although I don’t recommend it).
The decor is cute and quaint. The restaurant’s got a fairly typical menu of pizzas, pastas, poutine, sandwiches etc etc.
Generous portions. Fresh food. Reasonable price.
2. Auberge Refuge du Trappeur
2120, Chemin St-François, Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc, Mauricie, Québec, Canada, G0X 1N0
Tél: 819 532-2600
Hostel, Native American museum, restaurant, and meeting point for bear-watching; all under one roof. My partner in crime and I ended up at this restaurant for dinner two nights in a row since it’s one of the few places in town that’s open late.
The menu was scribbled on a whiteboard so I’m assuming it changes seasonally. This restaurant also serves more ‘exotic’ options like elk and quail stuffed with wild meats.
Pictured below is the soup of the day: Amerindian Soup. I’ve never had anything like it - but it was really hearty, full of corn, beans and little pieces of meat.
On the first day, I had the dory with rice and salad, and on the second day and I had the trout. I preferred the dory. I also really loved the rice that comes with it, and the salad dressing was surprisingly good.
On the first day, my partner in crime ordered the quail stuffed with wild meats, which was divine; and on the second day he ordered the elk. We both preferred the quail.
For dessert on both days we had the maple mousse cake for a fluffy and sweet finish.
The food is pretty pricey, but delicious, nutritious and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The chef even came out to ask us what we thought of his cooking.
Rare, but hey…!
3. The Cafe at Le Roin Coin
340, rue Saint-Louis, Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, Québec, Canada G0X 2N0
Tel: (819) 221-3332
This cafe is perfect for a light lunch. It’s also got one of the the cutest, loveliest and sweetest decors I’ve seen in my life. I would have been happy to just sit there and stare at all the paintings everywhere, but luckily they serve food, too.
The menu consists of breads and cheeses - which you choose and then they grill for you. You get to pick your choice of side.
Delicious and easy on the wallet.
After all that glorious food and rejuvenation, it was time to drive back to Montréal.