La Gourmandine -  Ste. Agathe, January 2013 By: Ilania Abileah

 

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As of July 2014 - La Gourmadine moved to another location further on St. Vincent  #104.  It is now combined with the Chinese Buffet.  You can either choose Chef Nicolas lunch specials with good soups, quiche, salads, sandwiches or wraps, or select foods from the Chinese buffet, including two soups, two kinds of stuffed rolles, and other chinese dishes, as well as some good salads similar to those offered at the other side of the restaurant, and a few desert cakes and of course fortune cookies.  The service is still welcoming and friendly.  Ryan is really super attentive!  There is a large choice of pastries and chocolates baked on location, as well as fresh breads and other treats to take home.  The atmosphere is friendly and the seating quite comfortable, even though it does not have the same "In Vogue" style of the previous location.

Here are some shots taken on December 5, 2015 - you may click on images to enlarge.

                        

    

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A lunch special at La Gourmandine, Veggie Pattie with Pasta, along with a choice of three salads - here the choice was Greek, Red Cabbage, and Green Sea Algae salads.  The coffee came with it too and a soup!

The sign outside says “Gourman-Dine” it may mean “Gourmands come in!”  Or “Dine here food lovers!” The chef is French; the cuisine is “fusion”. 

 

La Gourmandine is open for breakfast and lunch and has a large variety of food products one can buy and take home to enjoy too.    No printed menu yet, but they have a listing with prices for catered meals.  The menu is written on black-boards, featuring soup, sandwich, or the daily special in various combinations with two or three salads added on the plate.  

The choice of salads is interesting, there are breads galore, yummy pastry, and chocolates done right there, and packaged handsomely.  Do yourself a favour and take your time to look at the display of exotic salads, terrine’s and other delicacies before you choose. 

I chose the daily special, a veggie-burger and herbed pasta with a choice of three salads on a large rectangular plate with a good cup of coffee, total $13.80; my friend opted for a large cheese bagel and coffee.  Everything is prepared, freshly cooked and baked on location.  One can meet Chef Nicolas Texier himself at the cash, tending to customers with a friendly smile.  On your way out, you might wish to stop in the front boutique where Eugenie Lee can be seen behind the counter with an enticing display of “Little Sins” pastry, cakes, and beautiful gift baskets.   

On my first visit I was greeted by both waitresses who were tremendously helpful.  On my second visit, I was greeted by Ryan Lee and then served by him too.  The team really makes customers feel welcome in this place.  Opening hours marked on the door: 8 am to 7 pm.  The restaurant also offers catering services, and has a second floor reception room for weddings and other family celebrations.  La Gourmandine, 81, rue Saint-Vincent, Ste. Agathe.  819 326-7777.  www.lagourmandine.ca.

 

Note:  a photography taken by D & P Mayer, Photography artists who suggested this restaurant.

 

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