GENE CORMIER @curiouscookca
Euston Park Social @eustonpark
Halo Donuts @halo.donuts.Moncton
New Brunswick Chefs & Restauranters Interview Series
We’ve asked New Brunswick's chefs and restaurateurs what they love to prepare in-house, where they shop for ingredients and which takeout dishes have been getting them through the pandemic.
Tell us about your restaurants. Favourite item on the menu? Best pairings with local beverages? Anything we should know about the ingredients?
Clos– Anything Chef Rahil has on the menu. He is a food technician taking his creativity and building a story on a plate, bringing an exceptional experience to downtown dining.
The proximity to the Petitcodiac river trail system makes Euston Park a popular refreshment stop for cyclists and walkers with their dogs.
Euston Park (Parlee Beach Provincial Park) – Euston Park’s outdoor lifestyle moves to the beach in a more complete way this year with the addition of 2 new patio areas at Parlee Beach! Offering to park goers a canteen-style menu that leans more on local seafood and reinvented summer classics. Best dishes for me there are the seafood poutine or a lobster roll. All goes with a cold beer from Flying Boats or O’Creek. Best tip: The gates are open and the park is free to use after 4 pm! Amazing sunsets and walking on the beach after work anyone?!?
Tell us something no one would know about you or your restaurant.
Restaurant Clos is named after the stone enclosures you see in vineyards. Winemakers would historically build these to protect their very best vines within those four walls.
When you're cooking for yourself, where do you like to grab your ingredients?
I walk a few blocks from my house to Dolma Food. The display case that Joe McGraw, their amazing butcher, fills and all the prepared in-house products led by Chef JF make it easy to grab everything I need.
Where is your fave place to get take-out (that's not your own spot)?
My go-to take out meals are Zio’s pizza (its pizza) and Red Satay in Moncton.
What's your go-to item on that menu? How do you like to enjoy the dish?
Vietnamese coleslaw (chicken & shrimp): A totally unassuming appetizer easily missed alongside the usual suspects like spring rolls and satays. Not fair to other coleslaws out there to have this in with them, they stand no chance...
Beef Pho soup: Beef Pho is one of those soups that is craveable to me all year long! Soup spoon in one hand and chopsticks in the other.
And pizza is something I can’t go without! The delivery guy at Zio’s knows us and we always order the hot Italian and a garlic finger with donair sauce.
What's your fave New Brunswick comfort food? Is there a recipe you cook that makes you feel like home?
My mom's seafood casserole at Christmas is the food memory of “home” comfort cooking and a tradition we still do now with family.