Bistro Grace
By YP Contributor

Making a Dream Come True

To make a dream come true, one has to be eager to learn, not be afraid to hang on, and have the drive to go for it. That's what the chef and owner of Bistro Grace on Antoine-Faucon Street in Pierrefonds did to make his dream come true.

During his 25 years of experience in catering and more than 18 as a chef, Paulo Fraga familiarized himself with all aspects of the profession. "I became a chef on the job. I learned a lot by being interested in what the chefs were doing and by asking questions," he says. Always passionate about cooking, Paulo also read cookbooks and watched different shows that could help him to perfect his art.

Bistro Grace is the third restaurant the chef has opened in his career, and he named it in honour of his daughter, Grace. Its mission is to offer traditional and authentic bistro cuisine. "Cooking is my life. I still love it and I'm still passionate, even after so many years."

Cooking is my life. I still love it and I'm still passionate, even after so many years. - Paulo Fraga, owner
Chef and owner Paulo Fraga is committed to providing a true bistro menu.
"Cooking is my life," says Paulo Fraga, the owner of Bistro Grace.
Chef and owner Paulo Fraga is committed to providing a true bistro menu.

A Menu Filled with Flavours

"The competition is fierce, forcing me to always be at my best," says Paolo, who focuses on quality above all else. His philosophy is to offer a varied menu filled with flavours worthy of the most expensive restaurants, but accessible to everyone. The menu includes calamari, crab croquettes, tartar, burgers and sirloin steaks.

The chef is committed to providing a true bistro menu. "People tend to use the term bistro incorrectly these days. It's important to me that we be authentic." Paulo, who has Portuguese origins, also wants his guests to experience European flavours and so he creates Portuguese, Spanish, French, Greek and Italian dishes.

Bistro Grace has a welcoming, modern and refined décor.
Bistro Grace offers up a varied menu, including this dish of Atlantic cod.
Bistro Grace offers up a varied menu, including this dish of Atlantic cod. Photo courtesy of Bistro Grace.

Welcoming, Modern and Refined

Although Bistro Grace may seem to be an upscale establishment, with its welcoming, modern and refined décor, Paulo has really created an atmosphere where diners can be casual, whether with friends or family. The owner also enjoys interacting with customers and takes pleasure in seeing the satisfied smiles on their faces.

"We want to be always very transparent and honest. You just have to come by the kitchen to notice it," he says. The chef also insists on providing options for all tastes and all budgets. He wants everyone to feel comfortable and to have a good time in his establishment.

Bistro Grace is named after the owner's daughter.
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