Par le 26 September 2017
The major urban centre in the Eastern Townships as well as being a university town, Sherbrooke and its neighbouring Hatleys around Massawippi lake, have the largest range of good restaurants in all the region, many of them quite gay-friendly. In downtown Sherbrooke, Wellington St. is at the heart of the city’s nightlife and it’s the most lively street of the queen of the Townships. The terraces are much appreciated in the summer.
On Wellington you’ll find le Bistro Kapzak, offering original fusion dishes combining the inherent cuisines of the owner and chef, who is of Québécois and Polish origins, drawing from the riches of our local products. Still on Wellington, the American-style tavern O’Chevreuil reinvents the pub menu with class. It offers seasonal cuisine that isn’t lacking in panache. O’Chevreuil honours the majestic Eastern Townships, with the restaurant’s supplies predominantly replenished by Québec producers. Meat aged and handled on the premises, fresh oysters and seafood straight out of Québec waters – this is a gourmet invitation set in a rustic but trendy décor where you are guaranteed a complete sensory experience.
On North Wellington, and in an entirely different vein, Le Snack, bar à poutines combines flavours and originality in their approach to this Québec fast food classic. A second branch of this establishment, Le Snack, bar à poutines et plus, located on the ground floor of the Caméléon lodge in the university district, greets you in a warm and unusual ambiance. They have an express menu as well as more refined dishes. In a more residential part of town, L’Entr’Amis is a well-kept secret in Sherbrooke. They prepare refined bistro cuisine drawing their inspiration from fine French and international cuisine. For lunch, they have a three-course weekly menu, and for dinner, the five-course table d’hôte is updated each month. For the gourmets among you, the restaurant also has a seven-course gastronomic menu. Local Township products are privileged, from venison to triple A beef. The brandy-flavoured fish and shellfish soup comes highly recommended.
While in the area, why not drop by La Halte des Pélerins, the only urban vineyard in Québec. Besides producing red, rosé and white wines, ice wine and port-style fortified wines, they provide a joyous mix of entertainment and a variety of delicious epicurean products. While visiting and sampling the wines, you can discover the secrets of wine-making and the site’s history. These wine enthusiasts offer an unforgettable, educational and amusing experience.
On Massawippi lake, the Manoir Hovey is an inn in the Relais & Châteaux category, located on the edges of the charming North Hatley village. It is renowned for its fine, prize-winning regional cuisine and exceptional wine cellar. Offering a panoramic view of the lake, the four star restaurant of the manor, Le Hatley, is acclaimed for its reinvented Québécois cuisine, always using the best regional products. The wine list features more than 800 bottles and was given a mention for Best of Awards of Excellence in Wine Spectator magazine nine years in a row. On the other side of the lake, near the charming Ayer’s Cliff village, Plaisir Gourmand will make you discover creative cuisine highlighting local products. Chef Éric Garand and wine steward Jinny Dufour have made it their mission to seduce the more discerning palates with flavours, textures, aromas and products of the most irreproachable freshness. A wisely elaborated wine list is perfectly partnered with the menu.