Bromont is about to have an impressive new restaurant-bar, with 90 seats inside and 120 on the terrace, outdoor fireplaces, pétanque court and soothing view as a bonus. Le Roux, with its occasional orange brand image, is the “passion project” of ex-Montrealers Jean-Benoît Hinse and Michel Bérubé.
If the first is a veteran of the restaurant industry, in the role of sommelier and buyer (Maison Boulud and Auberge Saint-Gabriel, among others), Mr. Bérubé, he takes the plunge, after a career as a senior executive in business. He seems perfectly at peace with his change of life. “It’s a lot of work, opening a restaurant, but it’s the first time in a long time that I haven’t felt a ball of stress in my stomach”, he confided to us during a first visit to the construction almost completed two weeks ago.
Initially, Le Roux was intended to be a small, rather intimate bar, but when the partners visited the huge glassed-in space located in the “outlets” of Bromont, they began to dream big. Not very salesy, the mall? At first glance, you might wonder, but once inside the restaurant and on the terrace, you quickly forget that you are at the foot of the highway. The view of a protected park and the mountain releases tension (in the stomach or elsewhere!) in a single glance.
It is chef Rémy Gaudet (Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, Domaine du Château Bromont) who has the mandate to create a tempting, accessible and diversified menu, capable of pleasing the greatest number. Also, there are as many salads, turbot accras from Gaspésie, confit guinea fowl wings as pizzas, fried chicken and a burger. He is supported by his sous-chefs Thomas Legault and Yannick Chartier.
“It’s a cuisine focused on sharing and conviviality. We pay particular attention to the origin of the food. “We will also invite a producer who will be on the terrace on Thursday evening, to introduce customers to the treasures of the region.
The cellar will of course be filled by Jean-Benoît Hinse. Le Roux is him! And the clever sommelier will take great care to choose cuvées that will appeal to lovers of classic vintages and others intended for drinkers with a more adventurous palate. It will not only be possible to consume on site, but also to buy bottles to take away in the shop where, in the long term, we will find much more than alcoholic products.
Le Roux will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., starting Friday, June 30.