P.E.I’s tagline is “The Gentle Island.” Particularly on the north shore, the wide wind-carved, red sand beaches are places of peace where spirits and imagination are set free. The Dunes Studio Gallery & Café is part of that magic, modernistic and very coastal, filled with magnificent artwork and jewelry. Just outside of Prince Edward Island National Park it overlooks the dunes of Brackley Beach and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Not only is it surrounded by acres of mature gardens, it also can claim an excellent restaurant with a chef who lives and breathes the food of the Island. Ross Munro, PEI’s Beef Ambassador, calls Chef Emily Wells, ‘the flavour maven’. There are steamed Island blue mussels and platters of freshly shucked oysters and clams served on the half shell. Her version of a cioppino seafood stew is laden with lobster, scallops, seasonal fish, mussels and quahogs in a rich tomato, white wine and smoked paprika broth. One dish that she can never, ever remove from the menu is a lobster pad Thai, a rich stir fry of PEI lobster, garlic, ginger, local veggies, marinated tofu and rice noodle fettuccine.
I love that she has added some of the tremendous local spirits to the cocktail list. The “Rhubarb-a-Rita” is created with PEI Strait Shine, triple sec, rhubarb juice, fresh lime juice and a splash of soda water. The Blue-eyed Blond is a concoction of Prince Edward Wild Blueberry Vodka, blue caracao, triple sec, fresh lime juice finished with cranberry juice. Both distilleries offer public tours, a great add on to any culinary adventure.
The Dunes Studio Gallery and Café is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
The Dunes Studio Gallery and Café est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez The Dunes Studio Gallery and Café directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
The Dunes Studio Gallery and Café
RR#9, Brackley Beach, P.E.I.