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“Nothing Special” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Gaspasia - CLOSED

107, rue de la Reine | boutique Inspire, Gaspe, Quebec, Canada
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Cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Asian, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese
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“Nothing Special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This quirky, counter-service restaurant is also a gift shop, and it's tricky to fuse two businesses and run them both well. My thought is that if you want to create and serve excellent food, you should devote attention to preparing food with fresh ingredients; hire knowledgeable, competent wait staff, and focus your efforts solely on the restaurant.

My husband and I ordered a couple of starters and we were told by the chef's helper (who could not speak a word of English) that they weren't available. We then ordered the mains which consisted of noodles with some previously frozen chicken and a sparse serving of vegetables with plenty of noodles and rice, respectively. These dishes were beautifully flavoured, albeit they were a tad too salty; however, the biggest problem was the fact that the chicken was tough and when the dishes were microwaved, some of the broth and food wasn't heated through.

I believe that the chef is talented and, in the right situation, I believe that he could create excellent food. This place is trying to be too many things; instead, the focus should be on creating and serving a special meal. Currently, it doesn't work.

Visited July 2013
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Gaspasia, Owner at Gaspasia, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Dear Laura288,
thank you for your objective and constructive feedback: as a young business it is more valuable to help us increase the quality of our guest's experience. Really.

Gaspasia started a year ago and we've had the chance to be able to run our small take-away restaurant within the "Inspire" gift-shop. I know it is very confusing for a lot of people but we are two different distinct businesses.
And though we can still improve the quality of our services, I can assure you that 200% of our energy goes towards making top quality asian food that doesn't cost much in Gaspé.

We're definetely sorry that you didn't get the best we usually provide and it makes me understand that we still have to be careful about the regularity of our products but also of our service.

The fact that the soup's broth was lukewarm and the chicken meat tough is unusual. As you say, I believe that if you had entered the restaurant while Sachi (the main owner / chef) was around you would have got a totally different experience, and in english.

I must admit that staffing adequatly is still a great challenge for us as we expect a lot from our staff (cooking, serving, maintenance, ..) but we're in a small city where qualified cooks are easy to count.

Once again, thank you for your feedback. It helps us resetting our goals and working on them. We hope to see you again one day and insure you that it won't be the same experience.

Best regards,
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10 reviews from our community

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Vancouver, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A refuge for the urban traveller”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Visited this restaurant in summer of 2013 and had an incredible time. This place is great for people passing through Gaspe on their way to Perce or Forillon as they have a wide breadth of to-go options. We actually stayed in house and had the Gaspasian Sushi and the Pad Thai. The Pad thai was more japanese inspired (which when you consider the menu makes perfect sense) and was a great bowl of noodles with local seafood.

I would love to see this place expand, it should definitely be on the todo list for anyone travelling in the region.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
“Excellent choice for asian food in the region!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We didn't notice this place at first...but what a good choice we made by entering this little restaurant on Rue de la Reine street. The food is fabulous, nice people working there and REAL aisn food taste. The fish and shrimp in the sushi were fresh and very good. If you come from a place where the asian type restaurant and are use to eat nice meal, go to this place you won't regret it!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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