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“Lively place! Delicious food!”
Review of Cafe de la Grave

Cafe de la Grave
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $21
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Un Café chaleureux où la musique côtoie les sourires, dans un ancien magasin général construit vers 1865.
Reviewed August 29, 2013

We stopped here twice during our stay on Havre Aubert. Once at lunch time when we just had excellent coffee. The place was busy and the service a little slow but the ambience was terrific so we were happy to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. We decided to return for dinner and were very happy with our experience. Again they were very busy but we were able to get a table right away. Service was a little slow but considering how busy it was, not unreasonable. They serve the delicious locally brewed beer so we were happy to indulge in that. The servers spoke a little English and with my rudimentary French we were able to order OK. However, when the dessert menu was provided we realised that a full menu in English was available - so I would recommend asking for that as it will undoubtedly help those who are French challenged. The menu choices were varied including Island specialities such as seal dishes! We both ordered the Choucroute with wild boar sausage (which comes from a supplier on the Island) - it was very good. Dessert a local bread pudding was also excellent. Would definitely recommend this Cafe / Bistro as providing authentic and delicious regional cuisine with a lively, local atmosphere.

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Thank Vicky W
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

it would have been better if th kitchen music was going on i am sure, but we did not get that in low season when we went. Food was ok but not noteworthy. Actually liked the nearby Le Four A Pain better -- bring your own wine-- and found it friendlier.

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1  Thank Gordonnomad
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

We stopped for lunch and ordered 3 small appetizers to share. The mussels with Pied de Vent sauce were delicious. The "Assette de Grave" was a great discovery of the tastes of the iles (lobster pâté, onion jam, fish pâté, smoked sausage). And to compliment, fries with curry mayonnaise.

We really enjoyed the accordion player singing old French songs, it made us feel like we were in Paris,

We will come back before the end of this vacation.

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Thank Chouette99
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

A good selection of bistro food locally sourced including many vegetarian dishes. They frequently have musicians performing in the evening to a full house of patrons. Though not for a quiet evening of dining out, this establishment is very animated and serves good valued dishes.

1  Thank thecycler
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Lovely experience. On our first visit we had a Boar Stew that was one of the best restaurant meals I've in years, and also one of the best priced for this quality. Our waiter was dressed in playfully dramatic style: yellow shirt with turned up collar, a custom brocade tie with a double Windsor knot, black vest and white shoes. Fortunately he spoke good English and walked us through the specials.

Around 7:30, the restaurant's owner Sonia Painchaud sat down on the piano bench, put on her black and silver accordion and started playing lovely, gentle cabaret music. She has a radiant presence and I became something I'd never have imagined, a fan of the accordion. Later she was joined by an equally lovely and talented fiddle player and some ladies with spoons and they took off. People kept coming in all evening, kissing each other on both cheeks.
We came back because Sonia told us she'd be playing Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan songs the next afternoon. There was a three man band with Sonia joining them on the accordion. It was another really fun time. The grilled cod we had was cooked to perfection.
Don't miss it.

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1  Thank Joe_Szostak
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