Scoff Restaurant, Fogo Island, Newfoundland
To find such a warm and seriously-local restaurant as Scoff tucked into a tiny, relatively remote village, is very unusual. But that’s why most of us who love food actually travel, isn’t it?
Fogo Islanders are a special breed. Tenacious and proud and very creative. Scoff Restaurant, in Joe Batt’s Arm, a coastal hamlet half way across the island, is seasonal and ultimately regional. Their “Cooked Dinner” is based as closely as possible to a Sunday dinner that most people on Fogo Island, and throughout Newfoundland, are quite keen on having EVERY SUNDAY. It’s similar to Jiggs dinner but there is the addition of Turkey, Dressing and Gravy.
Their signature dish is pictured on the right. Salt Cod Pierogis is “our modern take on a traditional newfoundland dish called Fish + Brews, which is a dish of salt cod, potato, purity hard bread, and is usually served with scrunchions (rendered salted pork fat back) and mustard pickles. Our interpretation of this dish stuffs the potato and salt cod (made into a sort of brandade) into a traditional pierogi dough, then they are served with sour cream + fried onions (as you would have with pierogis) and mustard pickles + scrunchions (as you would have with fish and brews)!! Its the perfect combination and one of our favorite dishes!”
Them there’s Ol Faithful FISH AND CHIPS ! Alongside the dish is a few local Newfoundland beers made by Quidi Vidi Brewing in St John’s.
There’s always pie and ice cream! And with luck the ice cream will be from Growlers, the great wee shop down the road that the Degners operate.
Owners, Celina and Bryce Degner met at Fogo Island Inn in the summer of 2014 and the island became embedded in both their hearts…”It kept calling us back.” About their restaurant they write; “Scoff is a space for preservation and celebration. Preserving memories, culinary traditions, and food itself, we celebrate Newfoundland culture through stories and service. Inspired by the beauty and bounty of this place; we bring to the table root vegetables, meat, seafood, and regionally-crafted beer and coffee to satisfy your hankerings and feed your spirit.Throughout several years spent living and working on Fogo Island, we have frequently hosted people in our small home and always dreamed of having our own restaurant space to share good food and drink with people from near and far.
We imagine our restaurant as an extension of our home: a place to gather with friends and family and share in that fuzzy feeling of time well spent.”
Contact Scoff at the number below to reserve your Food Day Canada table.
Contactez Scoff directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre Journée des terroirs reservation.
159 Main Road, Joe Batt’s Arm,
Fogo Island, NF A0G 2X0
T: 709-658-FOOD (3663)