Pin It
Favorite

A Tower of Tapas 

Side Dishes: Le Belvédère serves up tapas in Newport

click to enlarge Le Belvédère - ANDY DUBACK

Chances are Newport has rarely seen the likes of pecan-crusted striped bass with an orange-tarragon butter, not to mention hamachi. But this spring, chef Jason Marcoux has been feeding Northeast Kingdom locals a creative roster of tapas, seafood plates and sushi.

Le Belvédère opened in the state office building along Newport’s waterfront in mid-February. The new owner — Dena Gray of the East Side Restaurant & Pub — purchased the defunct Boathouse Grill this winter and tapped her stepdaughter, Véronique Rancourt, as manager. The pair hired Newport native Marcoux as chef, and then the fun began: The trio remade the space with antiques, new hardwood floors, and a lounge with leather chairs and views of Lake Memphremagog.

Marcoux’s talent extends beyond using a hammer and paintbrush. At age 16, he was the youngest-ever applicant accepted into the New England Culinary Institute. After graduation, he interned in the kitchen of the Breakers in West Palm Beach, Fla., and spent more than a decade chefing at resorts in Maine, Idaho, Alaska and Jay Peak, Vt.

Initially, the group relied on old-fashioned channels to get the news out about their venture. “Word of mouth is really important up here,” says Rancourt. Now that the food is gaining a reputation, they’re getting busier each week. “A small town is always late to get the newest trends,” Rancourt says. “People are traveling an hour and a half to eat here.”

Dinner entrées include seafood and meat plates, such as diver scallops served with maple crème fraiche; a ginger-crusted, pan-seared ahi tuna with a wakame salad and wasabi cream; and a veal chop with rosemary mushroom demi-glace.

Beef carpaccio, smoked-char bruschetta and duck-confit-and-goat-cheese spanakopita animate the tapas menu. Chef Marcoux’s recent specials have included seared sea scallops with a maple bacon bourbon sauce, and avocado, pink grapefruit and honey mascarpone salad.

Thursday nights at Le Belvédère fill a yawning local culinary gap by showcasing sushi. Once a week, the chef rolls nigiri and at least 10 different maki rolls. “It’s definitely labor intensive, but they’re more popular than we thought,” says Rancourt.

Come summer, Le Belvédère will set up several outdoor tables and offer lunch a few times a week. For now, it’s serving only dinner, Wednesday through Sunday.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It
Favorite

More by Corin Hirsch

About The Author

Corin Hirsch

Corin Hirsch

Bio:
Food writer Corin Hirsch joined the Seven Days staff in 2011. She is the author of Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England, published by History Press in 2014.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

foodie poll

How quickly do you judge a new restaurant?

  • If it's not good the first time I eat there, I won't go back.
  • I like to give new places a couple chances before I file a verdict
  • I try to take each dining experience on its own merits — all restaurants have off days!
  • I like to wait a while before trying new spots — so they can work out the kinks.
  • If a restaurant isn't perfect by its first anniversary, time to call it quits.

View Results

Latest in Food News

Recent Comments

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
e-newsletters:

All content © 2016 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So Champlain St Ste 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation