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Gabriel Poirier opened his festive bistro in 2015 just a few steps from the Yimby Terrebonne complex, on rue Saint-Pierre. Today this enthusiastic restaurateur and Terrebonne native, who grew up in industry, runs La Confrérie, an establishment which brightens the heart of Vieux-Terrebonne. Poirier shares his passion for good food by offering an accessible and changing menu to La Confrérie’s many regulars and memorable experiences to newcomers. 

 

Gabriel Poirier opened his festive bistro in 2015 just a few steps from the Yimby Terrebonne complex, on rue Saint-Pierre. Today this enthusiastic restaurateur and Terrebonne native, who grew up in industry, runs La Confrérie, an establishment which brightens the heart of Vieux-Terrebonne. Poirier shares his passion for good food by offering an accessible and changing menu to La Confrérie’s many regulars and memorable experiences to newcomers. 

 

A chat with Gabriel Poirier, the food lover behind La Confrérie


“Portraits of the Yimby Neighborhoods” introduces the people behind the local businesses who energize the living environment in which our residential complexes are located. The idea is to provide a feel for the neighborhood beyond its apartments and common areas. Today we talk with Gabriel Poirier about Vieux-Terrebonne, where he grew up and his love for buying locally and supporting local businesses.

 

Restaurants run in the Poirier family!

La Confrérie is located in front of Chez Fabien, the restaurant once ran by Gabriel Poirier’s father. “The fact that my father was restaurateur, meant that I grew up in the industry,” says Poirier, “It became natural for me. Today restaurants are in my bones."

 

Poirier has always loved bringing life to the restaurants he worked in. That process starts with good food. “My job is all about sharing and passion,” says Poirier. “I love to introduce customers to new products, both on their plates … and in their glasses. La Confrérie’s clients expect us to provide them new experiences, to take them out of their comfort zones."

 

This culinary playground is what makes La Confrérie so charming. “I have an incredible team!” says Poirier. “They work with such enthusiasm that when I watch them, I always want to join in."

Classics reinvented in the kitchen


Poirier has grown so confident in his kitchen team that he practically gives carte blanche. “I am the owner of the restaurant, but I believe that cooking is best left to the cooks,” he explains. “They are artists in many ways, and artists are more inspired and creative when you leave them alone.” La Confrérie’s chefs quickly got the message: Poirier will back them 100% when they want to have fun creatively.

So what kind of food does Poirier offer in his bistro style Restaurant? “We leave “haute cuisine,” for others,” he says with a smile. “We focus on providing simple, but good food.” The menu includes 16 dishes, including many classics, which can be paired with a microbrewery beer on tap or a house cocktail.



These dishes often include comfort food, which are accessible, tried, and true favorites that people know well, but to which La Confrérie’s chefs often add special touches in order to "make them a little more extraordinary." These unexpected twists range from Rockefeller scallops to carbonara veal cheek, smoked meat, and dumplings.



A focus on seasonal products


“We have built up a popular, complete, and comprehensive menu that we are quite proud of,” says Poirier. “However we like to mix in seasonal products and ingredients to keep things exciting and timely.” The seasonality comes out during three to five course meals, which provide greater opportunity to broaden dining experiences.”

Poirier keeps La Confrérie’s menu fresh and dynamic, by changing it every two to three weeks in line with fruit and vegetable harvesting timetables. It’s a formula that clients have learned to love, and which keeps them coming back.

 


“We are big believers in buying locally and supporting local businesses,” explains Poirier. “That means we are on a constant lookout for new suppliers and producers that are located in the region, particularly for fruits, vegetables, and meats. Our customers and kitchen staff fully support this philosophy. But it’s also fun and rewarding for me. I love to chat with producers and to share our common passion for food."

A place to eat and party in Terrebonne


This unifying approach and focus on sharing is embodied in the restaurant’s design and layout. “I've always liked festive atmospheres,” says Poirier, “I wanted a restaurant with a bar so that we could have parties, relax, and have a good time.” Indeed La Confrérie has not one, but two bars, one outside and the other inside. "Our location is incredible," says the Terrebonnien. “We have a beautiful large terrace and a small private room for groups who prefer a quieter setting."

The atmosphere is both relaxed and festive throughout the restaurant: the music is a little louder than in a typical restaurant and Poirier prefers to hire waiters that are dynamic and filled with energy. “They drive customers and the customers like it!” says Poirier. It is not unusual for La Confrérie’s regulars to eat, and to then stick around long after dinner to keep the staff company.



When asked if La Confrérie is better suited as a place to go for a first date or a destination for a pleasant gathering with friends, Poirier isn’t shy: “both,” he says proudly. "We have laid out the restaurant to balance individual privacy, in a setting that accommodates a lot of people. "

Vieux-Terrebonne, a welcoming culinary destination


Indeed the region attracts scores of lovers of good food and good times who come to the region to take advantage of its many bars and restaurants. “Vieux-Terrebonne is a tourist attraction for people who want to be with people,” explains Poirier. “People come to eat at La Confrérie, but also to stroll in the Old Town, to visit the wide range of establishments. They often visit three, four, or even five different places in one evening! "

The variety of offerings available creates an interesting synergy between the local businesses. “Of our loyal customers, 80% are loyal visitors to Vieux Terrebonne,” he explains. “It creates a really fun atmosphere in the surroundings, a village atmosphere."

Poirier particularly appreciates the opportunity to connect with people. “If I sit on the terrace, after about two minutes I end up greeting passers-by because I know so many of them.” Vieux-Terrebonne also hosts a theater, a waterway and Île-des-Moulins, which is site of many magnificent heritage buildings.



"It's a beautiful place for nightlife" says the restauranteur. “But you can also rest during the day. There are parks, green spaces, and if you want a terrace to be among people, there are also plenty of choices too."

Would you like get closer to neighborhood living? Discover the Yimby experience and its many inclusions! Come and settle in an apartment in the middle of a festive and warm Terrebonne.

La Confrérie
753 St-Pierre Street
Terrebonne
Reservations : 450 824-7077 
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