East Coast Bistro, Saint John, New Brunswick

East Coast Atlantic HalibutSometimes I just marvel at how small the culinary world is here in Canada.   Landing last year from Vancouver in the great coastal city of Saint John, N.B. Chef Tim Muehlbauer and Chef Kimberley Steele bring not only impressive credentials but a solid connection to many of British Columbia’s top chefs, including Jefferson Alvarez who’s been part of Food Day Canada for several years and one of that region’s rising stars.  Kim was his pastry chef.  

The East Coast Bistro transposes their knowledge of seafood and fine dining to a region that is just now coming into its own in culinary terms with the help of chefs.  The ingredients have always been there so it’s really a food lovers playground for these two creative chefs.  Theirs is a cuisine terroir…whole halibut arrives and is transformed into a dish with fresh New Brunswick Halibut, Canada foodasparagus and frizzled leeks.  Few restaurants create real lobster bisque…ECB does!  Croissants and baking are all done in house.

The menu is approachable and creative.  This is upscale comfort food of the first order.  Just to whet your appetite try the pan fried New Brunswick goats milk cheese (the dairy industry here is flourishing) served with their own bacon and oven dried cranberries. You might try a bowl of red curried PEI mussels coconut broth or a flatbread of house smoked \salmon with lemon-dill mascarpone.   Crosby molasses and Picaroon’s ale (both companies are based in Saint John) are used to glaze Fundy salmon.  Cod is pan-fried and served with apple cider-braised pork belly and French lentils with a Lobster Bisquebit of Cortland apple confit.

Desserts may range from an old fashioned, browned-butter apple crumble with house-made vanilla bean ice cream to a classic crème brûlée with seasonal ingredients that change, well, with the seasons.  No pastry chef would dream of not having chocolate on the menu so Kim’s current creation is “Chocolate Bête Noir” a rich Belgian chocolate cake with roasted white chocolate sauce and a refreshing Barlett pear sorbet.

 Food Day Canada Menu 2016


Vegetable Charcuterie

Canadian Sea Salt Packed Blueberries

Pickled; Strawberries, Asparagus, Turnip, ramps, carrots

Fresh; Icicle radish, Tokyo turnip

Veggie Paté; Parsnip, carrot, sunflower seed Paté

House made Ricotta Salata

Canadian Molasses Rye Baton


Fennel Frond Quick Cure Bay of Fundy Scallops

Sautéed Chanterelle Mushrooms

Camelina Confit New Potatoes

Jemseg River Rainbow Swiss Chard; Red Russian Kale


Baked Quahogs

ECB Sourdough Stuffing; Sussex Butter, Dill Root Sea Salt, Grand Manan Dulse, Savage Garden Mustard Greens

Served on warm St. Martins Sea Pebbles


Brown Butter NB Wild Blueberry Tart

Rosehip Ice Milk

Maple Tuille


East Coast Bistro is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below.
East Coast Bistro est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs.

East Coast Bistro
60 Prince William Street,
Saint John, NB E2L 2B1

T: 506-696-EAST (3278)


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