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Located near the quaint Quidi Vidi Village in St. John’s, this 18th century building is recognized as a national historic site. Chef Todd Perrin, a Top Chef alumnus, gives a modern take with traditional Newfoundland ingredients such as wild game and fresh seafood. The Mallard Cottage is one of the oldest wooden buildings in North America and listed as #17 on Canada’s 100 Top Restaurants 2019. In 2017, they opened up a beer garden where patrons can enjoy a couple of brews and enjoy food cooked over the fire. Their menu changes daily and can be found on their menu Instagram page.
Chinced Bistro is a tapas style restaurant with a strong focus on artisanal meats to create the best charcuterie boards. Using traditional cooking methods, they utilize local and seasonal ingredients. Some things to try are the Crispy Pig Ears and fresh PEI oysters. They have a bar only happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday where both charcuterie and oysters are on special.
Named #12 on Canada’s 100 Top Restaurants, Raymonds is a fine-dining establishment with a sustainable approach cooking plenty of wild game, fresh seafood and locally foraged ingredients. Located in another downtown historic building, it has large floor to ceiling windows. They offer three, five and seven course dinner options with the choice of wine pairings by the sommelier. Think moose and potato ravioli, pan-seared scallops, charcuterie and moose pate. Looking for something more casual? Check out their sister restaurant the Merchant Tavern.
A fifteen-minute drive away from downtown St. John is The Grounds Café at Murray’s. Located inside a full-service horticultural and landscape company, this café is cooking delicious baked goods and daily brunch dishes. The café has a modern minimalist look with many plants (naturally) and local art. Make sure to try out their crullers and edible flower flatbread.
Sister to one of the top restaurants in Canada, the Merchant Tavern has a more approachable take with fresh, sustainable and local ingredients. The Beef Tartare is an appetizer you don’t want to miss with the umami coming from black truffles and the Merchant Burger made with brioche buns.
Written by Candy Chou