[Cheticamp] Le Gabriel Restaurant and Lounge
It is impossible not to have seafood when you travel to the Maritimes. Being on the Atlantic ocean coast, the regional economy has long relied on its natural resources, including fishing. The supply of fresh seafood is abundant (although on a decreasing trend…). I made it a goal to enjoy lots of seafood during our Maritimes family trip.
We dedicated three days to explore the world famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island during this trip, with one night in the Quaint Acadian fishing village, Cheticamp. We arrived at our hotel so late because we had so much fun hiking (more like walking) the Skyline Trail. Le Gabriel was the only restaurant that opened late enough to accommodate our group. The distinctive lighthouse building was easy to spot.
We were seated in the dining room area. It was so late that the other diners were all either sipping their tea or leaving.
Le Gabriel serves traditional Acadian dishes and local seafood. We probably should have tried some Acadian dishes but seafood was too tempting.
My mom ordered the shellfish pasta. She insisted not to have huge portion of seafood because she wanted to control her cholesterol level. The shellfish pasta turned out to be packed with shrimps, scallops, and crab in a thick creamy alfredo sauce. I don’t think it helped with her cholesterol in anyway.
Charles’ mom ordered the Captain’s platter with a selection of pan fried haddock, sole, shrimps, scallops, mussels, and snow crab legs. Served with hollandaise sauce on the side.
Poor Charles ordered some kind of fish which I could not remember and also did not photograph…
Charles’ dad, Andy, and I all ordered their fresh lobster. It was the biggest lobster I’ve ever eaten alone. This 2 lb lobster was everything a lobster should be – fresh, sweet, and steamed to perfection. It was so satisfying to enjoy this lobster alone.
All our meals came with assorted warm toasted buns, buscuits, and oat cakes. Coffee or tea, and dessert was also included in the meal. We were all so stuffed by the end of it we could not even have a slice a cake.
We truly enjoyed our dinner at Le Gabriel. Seafood was so fresh and service was impeccable. It was so late but all the servers waited patiently untill we finished our meal to present us with a selection of cakes they had to offer. They did not even rush us by giving us the bill half way through our dinner. This is a lovely place to enjoy some local fresh seafood or to sample some Acadian dishes!