For acclaimed and well-travelled chef Jean-Christophe (J-C) Poirier, St. Lawrence represents more than just the culmination of a career spanning more than 25 years — it’s a homecoming in every sense of the word.
A heartfelt homage to his heritage, formative years spent in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec and early experience in renowned Montréal restaurants, St. Lawrence is as much J-C’s story as it is a celebration of classic French fare and a thoughtful exploration of the distinctive gastronomic identity and culture of Les Québécois.
After honing his skills under celebrated chef Normand Laprise at Toqué!, J-C voyaged west in 2004 and worked with Rob Feenie at Vancouver’s Lumière before forging an eight-year partnership with local hospitality group Kitchen Table Restaurants and opening such acclaimed restaurants as Pizzeria Farina, Ask For Luigi and Di Beppe.
Since launching St. Lawrence in 2017, J-C has led the restaurant to rave reviews, critical acclaim and numerous accolades including Best Restaurant and Best New Restaurant at the 2018 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, the No. 4 spot on enRoute’s 2018 list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants and Chef of the Year, Best Restaurant, Best Gastown and Best French titles at the 2019 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. The restaurant was also singled out for the No. 5 spot on the 2019 compilation of Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants, after being ranked No. 20 on the 2018 list, and was named as one of Monocle Magazine’s 50 Favourite Restaurants in the World in its 2019 Drinking & Dining Directory.
St. Lawrence affords J-C the opportunity to showcase his razor-sharp focus, dedication to craft, and time-honoured traditions in an elevated-yet-approachable enclave where food, drink and atmosphere combine for a transportive dining adventure unlike any other.
“We pride ourselves on preparing food that is at turns rustic, generous and honest and showcases haute country cuisine in all its glory,” says J-C. “For us, simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.