Saulnierville, Nova Scotia is home to La Cuisine Robicheau Restaurant, where you can dine on fresh local seafood and Acadian cuisine. Welcome to week 372 (6/7/2018) of Travel Photo Thursday. Join me this week as I tantalize your taste buds on the French Shore of Nova Scotia. Did you know that Nova Scotia has a french shore?
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A couple of weeks ago I left Annapolis Royal with a group of friends to explore the many
vintage shops second-hand shops dotting the roadside between Annapolis Royal and Yarmouth. After a busy morning of rummaging through bins and racks, it was time to head to La Cuisine Robicheau Restaurant in the wee fishing village of Saulnierville on the French Shore (sometimes referred to as the French Acadian Shore). The village was founded in 1785, and many Acadians who were expelled during the Great Expulsion returned to Nova Scotia and took up residence in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia. The hope was they could live a peaceful existence away from the government of the day. The village is now part of the Municipality of Clare.
We found the restaurant easily and arrived shortly before noon. Good plan, since 20 – 30 minutes later it was full.
We were quickly seated by a friendly server and started to scan the menu. She also shared the daily special, which was seafood lasagna; lobster, shrimp and scallops, that would have been swimming in the near-by ocean the day before. I love any version of lasagna, so, as tempting as the rest of the menu was, I went with the special. I chose a Caesar salad for my side. We chatted and looked around at the art on the dining room walls as we waited in anticipation for our lunch. By the way, we all ordered the lasagna. It’s impossible not to follow the pack when you’re given an option of homemade lasagna with fresh seafood, right?
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Oozing with a white sauce filled with succulent seafood my tastebuds soared to foodie heaven. I savoured each bite, and all too soon, I was gazing forlornly at an empty plate. However, my tummy was having spasms of happiness. I haven’t said much about the Caesar salad, as it took second place to the hero of the plate. However, it was fresh and crunchy with a delicious dressing. If had only been ordering a salad, it would have been my choice. Don’t you love the pretty china plate?
Everyone was happy with this delectable choice.
Now, we were faced with the dilemma of choosing dessert. It’s a hard life, but someone has to step up to the plate. I had been naughty earlier on in the day when we stopped for coffee, so I refrained. (I was dying inside.) Two of our group decided to share the lemon meringue pie. Our server cut the piece in half to serve. I was gobsmacked at the half portion. It was HUGE. My friends loved the pie. I forgot to take a photo, so I will have to go back 🙂
This cute old fashioned Kemac stove sits at the entrance to the room where we ate. It serves as a self-service mini tourist bureau with lots of free brochures highlighting the area.
You pay at the cash, and we were given separate bill without asking. On the wall by the register is this picture of the man behind La Cuisine Robicheau in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia
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This was a lunch to remember, and I will be going back again soon. Next time, I’m having the pie!
Hours of Operation Tue-Sun 8 am to 7 pm Phone: (902) 769-2121 During the season (July and August) reservations are highly recommended. Call during the offseason to confirm they are open.
If you’re interested in buying some seafood, drive down the road to Comeau’s Seafood Ltd. You can purchase pickled herring in jars (bought for dad), smoked salmon (delish), lobster or seafood pate. The pates are superb. I haven’t tried my smoke salmon yet, but I’m sure it will be excellent, too.
Have you experienced Nova Scotia seafood or visited Saulnierville, Nova Scotia? Let us know in the comments.
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The winner of the book: Annapolis Royal Through the Seasons is Lydia Lee. Congratulations Lydia!
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