The Norseman Restaurant, L’Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland
The Norseman, tucked neatly behind the stature of Leif Erickson, also has the freshest and most flavourful lobster you will ever encounter. How fresh? Well, the lobsters are kept in an enclosed crate in the ocean, just feet from the restaurant. You can pick your own with the chef.
Adrian & Gina Noordhof live between the Great Northern Peninsula and St. John’s. Theirs is a story of serious self sufficiency and because of that, guests and diners taste the freshest flavours of northern Newfoundland.
“We are so fortunate to be able to buy local cod all summer long since the inshore cod fishery open on different coasts of the province throughout the summer. We are located or within 40 kms of both coasts ( East and West); For example Goose Cove and St. Anthony are considered to be on the East side and L’Anse aux Meadows to Cooks Harbour is considered to be on the West side, hence they will have different times that local inshore fishermen would be allowed to harvest fish throughout the summer in the region. In St. Antony(40kms from L’Anse aux Meadows) there is a crab and shrimp processing plant and cold storage, hence these fish products are readily available to us throughout the summer. In Griquet/St Lunaire ( 16kms from L’Anse aux Meadow) there is a mussel farm where the freshest large blue mussels you will ever taste are harvested. The cod from that harbour (pictured at right) is literally swimming in the ocean an hour before we receive it. In Cooks harbour ( 60kms) we are able to source fresh local bay scallops. In Raleigh we get fresh local Newfoundland lobster( sweeter than other maritime lobster because of the colder waters in lives in). We are also able to hold our lobster over the wharf for the summer and even though the lobster season ends on July 1st, we can still serve fresh local lobster until August month.”
I would drive from St.John’s for their Provencal fish soup reminiscent of bouillabaisse with garlic aioli, local shrimp, local mussels and local cod or Adrian’s pregola, a seafood pasta with local catch of the day, a roasted homemade tomato sauce and real Parmigiano-Reggiano. For carnivores there’s glazed duck confit with a savoury blackberry compote; a pepper-encrusted rib eye steak with mushroom compote and cornbread-chorizo stuffed pork tenderloin with poached cherries.
The Norseman is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
The Norseman est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez The Norseman directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
The Norseman Restaurant
Box 10 L’Anse aux Meadows
NL, Canada A0K 2X0