Since its opening in June 2017, Saint Laurent helped West Coasters fall in love with the cuisine and culture of Quebec, and further afield, the classic cuisine of France. It’s been a turbulent half-decade, winning accolades galore – from taking first place in the top five in enRoute magazine’s compilation of Canada’s Best New Restaurants in 2018, to ranking second on Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants list. – and skillfully changed its business model throughout the global pandemic.
There is a lot to celebrate. That’s why the St. Lawrence team is opening the safe and bringing back some of their favorite dishes, along with classic recipes and a few festive twists. Available June 7 to July 3, the special table d’hôte menu, $85 per person plus tax and service, includes starters like bison tartare and vol-au-vent with mushrooms and Mornay sauce; and dishes like Duck Ballotine, Trout with Striped Shrimp and Mussels, and Rabbit with Mustard. And of course, the restaurant’s famous sugar pie is on the fifth anniversary dessert list. (Full menu included below.)
For Chef/Owner and Winner of Vancouver Magazine’s 2019 Chef of the Year Award, Jean-Christophe (JC) Poirier, the last five years represent the realization of his passion project: a marriage between classic French cuisine and the gastronomic identity and culture of Quebecers. It brings a honed focus and dedication to craftsmanship and age-old traditions to its elevated yet accessible enclave where food, drink and ambiance combine for a portable culinary adventure like no other. Guests sit at the chef’s counter (front-row seating for all the action in the kitchen); slip happily into the friendly seats of the bar; and of course, love the traditional dining room service too.
Chief Poirier’s vision is well recognized. In addition to the aforementioned awards, St. Lawrence was named Best New Restaurant at the 2018 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards; was named #2 in the prestigious annual ranking of Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants 2020; and won back-to-back accolades as Vancouver Magazine’s 2018 and 2019 Restaurant of the Year.
In 2021, Saint-Laurent offered “goodbye” to à la carte and take-out services in favor of unique concepts of multi-course monthly menus available with advanced prepaid reservations, themed on various regions of France with an inspired Quebecois touch. Spotlighting local farmers, artisans and producers, seasonal menus bring the best of British Columbia to the fore and give Chef Poirier and his culinary team creative freedom by providing an exciting blank canvas to work with. each month.
Reservations for the fifth anniversary menu will be posted online at stlawrencerestaurant.com, Friday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. PST.
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY AT ST. LAWRENCE’S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY TABLE D’HÔTE MENU
Tuesday to Sunday | June 7 – July 3, 2022
$85 per person plus tax and tip
Buckwheat bun with maple butter
Complementary – Classic STLs
Crisis Ears $11
Fried pork rinds with maple & MTL spices
Garlic snails in Queen’s bites $18
Snails with garlic and parsley butter & puff pastry
Duck liver mousse eclair $19
Choux pastry stuffed with duck liver mousse
Pie of the day
Terrine of the day in a crust with condiments and mustard
Bison tartare, fries & Béarnaise
Bison tartare, fries & béarnaise sauce
Vol-au-vent with mushrooms & Mornay sauce
Mushroom ragout in puff pastry with Mornay sauce
Normandy-style cod quenelle
Cod quenelle with mussels & Norman sauce
Ballotine of duck with orange
Ballotine of duck & orange juice
Trout with prawns, mussels and creamy white wine sauce
Pork chop, Oka cheese & Robuchon apple purée
Pork chop, Oka cheese, charcutière sauce & Robuchon mashed potatoes
Rabbit with mustard
Rabbit in mustard sauce with Parisian gnocchi, carrots and gem lettuce
A Quebec cheese, brioche & date jam
A Quebec cheese with brioche & date jam
Citron & meringue tart
Lemon meringue tart (flambéed Grand Marnier +5)
Sugar pie with vanilla ice cream
Rice pudding, pecans & salted caramel
Rice pudding, pecans & salted caramel
Coffee + chocolate diamonds
Special Features: Quail in a Sarcophagus, Stuffed Pig’s Foot, Lobster Terrine
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MENU TICKETS
Saint-Laurent Fifth Anniversary Menu Tickets, June 7 – July 3, 2022 will be available for $85 per person, starting this Friday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. PST to stlawrencerestaurant.com. As St. Lawrence prides itself on placing great importance on the availability and seasonality of all ingredients, the menu may be subject to slight changes.