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If jus, confit, and foam make your tummy rumble then you will be in foodie heaven when dining at these spectacular Québec restaurants. Known for fine dining (and the odd celebrity chef), here are five of the best:
Panache Restaurant – housed in a former maritime warehouse, the four-diamond Panache impresses diners with regional cuisine complemented nicely by a spectacular wine list. French chef Louis Pacquelin leads the kitchen with a focus on classic dishes prepared with a contemporary twist using only the best seasonal local produce – in fact, the majority of the produce is sourced from the restaurant’s garden on Île d’Orléans. Panache is perfect for intimate dining or a special occasion.
Le Patriarche – moving us up the diamond dining scale to five, Le Patriarche Chef Stéphane Roth has a clear ethos behind his restaurant – to introduce diners to one-of-a-kind products from the Québec region. The menu is built around game and foie gras for the serious foodie and each course is served in triplicate, known as “trilogies from the terroir”. Everything is made in-house using artisan methods and local produce. Truly a five star (or diamond!) experience.
Initiale – Relais & Chateaux – housed in a centuries-old former bank building, at Restaurant Initiale, the architecture is as impressive as the food! Ornate mouldings, high ceilings and columns dominate in this gothic building in Old Quebec. With a five-star diamond rating, the restaurant menu showcases local artisans and local seasonal produce. Whether you are having a cocktail or coffee in the lounge, or indulging in the main dining room, this is fine-dining in beautiful and relaxed surroundings.
Laurie Raphael – Daniel Venzina takes a creative approach to fine dining Laurie Raphael, with food that aims to be “open to the world but firmly rooted in regions of Quebec”. This four-diamond rated restaurant emphasises creativity and simplicity, and like others of this calibre, has a firm focus on regional and seasonal produce. If you want to learn to recreate the magic at home you can take advantage of the restaurant’s cooking classes and boutique store. It is worth noting that the décor of this restaurant has been created primarily by local Quebec artists and decorators.
La Tanière – Wear the stretchy pants and loosen the belts (well, maybe not because it is a fine dining establishment and not your sofa), because chef Frédéric Laplante delights with 10, 15 and 20 course degustation menus. It is truly the height of indulgence at this five-diamond rated Quebec gem.