Bistro On Roe
A place where Atlantic seafood, foraged berries and wild game share the limelight on menus, Central Newfoundland is fast becoming a great Canadian dining destination. Here are some of our favourite spots.
In Grand Falls-Windsor, 48 High has long been the place to go for regional cuisine. Recently under new ownership, this casual fine dining restaurant continues to deliver warm service and exceptional seafood and steak. Tip: Look for your favourite Thanksgiving berry on the menu—this community is famous for its cranberry farms.
Bistro on Roe, in Gander, offers a mix of Newfoundland- and European-inspired cuisine and Parisian-bistro ambiance. Menu favourites are the hearty fish and brewis toutons, sophisticated cod puttanesca or the sweet-tart partridgeberry flaky. Bonus: There are always several gluten-free and vegan options.
In Twillingate—the iceberg capital of the world—visitors can wrap up a Iceberg Quest ocean tour with something delicious at the on-site Canvas Cove Bistro—think buttery lobster, seafood chowder or homey turkey soup and sandwiches. On the patio, or in the dining room looking out to the Atlantic, you can chow down as the ‘bergs drift by in late spring and summer.
If you find yourself at Auk Island Winery, also in Twillingate, don’t stop at sampling the wines (made from wild berries and fruits and iceberg water), try the wine-infused artisan ice creams too. From this former schoolhouse, you’ve excellent views of Notre Dame Bay—whales love it there too.
Make like a local in Lewisporte, and stock up on fresh seafood at the big red shack called Kinden’s Treats from the Sea. The on-site food truck, Chelsea’s Fish & Chips, serves up excellent fish and chips, squid rings or crab sandwiches to eat as you enjoy the sea views. You can’t miss this place—there’s a 26-foot lobster out front.
An earlier version of this story contained inaccurate information. This version is correct.