L’Auberge de la Bastille in Windsor, Ontario

This restaurant was owned by the same people as Ye Olde Steak House, but it was much more casual in atmosphere and it its cuisine.  I would say that L’Auberge de la Bastille was more of a bistro, before that word became bandied around.  They also were more French Canadian, then French in their cuisine.

ON La Bastille MB


The restaurant offered perch fillets done in wine, poached salmon and lamb dishes.  Since I had grown up eating lamb at home, I had an innate bias against trying lamb that was not prepared in the dishes that I was used to.  This was the first time that I had ever encountered crepes as an entrée, rather then as a dessert, which they also offered.  At that time, I had never tried salmon, which I later discovered can be wonderful, I opted for the seafood crepes, which were about as adventurous as I was to be at that young age.  As I look back I was very parochial in my views and selection of foods, and dare I say, I still am.

Veuve du Verney Brut Blanc de Blancs


As for the wine with the dinner I tried a sparkling wine from the Bordeaux district.  The wine is a non-vintage bottle of Veuve du Vernay Blanc de Blancs Brut.  There is no way the French would allow this wine to be called a champagne, as it is not from the proper area, and of all places Bordeaux, but it was a fun wine.  This sparkling wine is a combination of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Colombard varietals which were blended in a very flavorful way.  If you ever see this wine being offered, go ahead and try it, to discover a totally different wine offering from Bordeaux.

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8 Responses to L’Auberge de la Bastille in Windsor, Ontario

  1. I used to live in Windsor and would frequent La Bastille in Windsor during my university days. It was owned by Kurt Deeg. I knew a Carol Werda and the maitre d’ – Bruce (?)
    My wife and I have been wishing to reconnect with Bruce and Carol. If you could assist and / or spread the word that would be greatly appreciated – sincerely Jeff Mitchell 705-721-7781

    • Jeff, thank you for stopping by and I wish that I could help you with the information that you requested, but alas I cannot. Good luck with your search.
      – John

      • marina perez says:

        Also visited La Bastille restaurant years ago and loved their Alsatian apple pie….would love that recipe or to know where to find a restaurant that serves it now. Hope you can help me with some information. Thanks. Marina

      • Marina, thank you for stopping by and I do wish that I could help you with your request. Alas I cannot. I do hope that you succeed.

  2. Rob says:

    Had a French teacher take our class to Bastille one time on a field trip from the Detroit area suburbs. Across the border. That was fun. Ms. Bogue was her name….Jan Bogue. This was like about 1980. Crazy!

  3. Colleen says:

    Hello John! A neighbor and I were talking today about the restaurant that she worked at for 10 years and I Googled it and found this page. Do you remember Sharon Vigneux-Cornellier working there? She loved this restaurant! Sure wish there were some like this here now!

    • Colleen, I am sorry to say that I do not know or remember meeting Sharon. There was a certain charm about the old school of restaurants. Thank you for stopping by. – John

      • Yes the restaurant was very unique and special. What I found to be most interesting, were the individual staff members that Curt Deeg was able to attract and develop. People like Bruce Burley, Billy Canelon, Carole Werda, and Bill Yack.

        An amazingly enough 40 years later, I have still have contact with them all, save Bill Yack who passed away two years ago.

        I am most pleased that after 40 years; I was finally able to close the circle and re-connect with these wonderful people. And it seemed just like yesterday.

        Jeff Mitchell
        Barrie, Ontario

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