From the indulgent poutine, to the sweet yet refreshing Tir sur la neige (maple sap on snow) Québec certainly won’t disappoint the discerning foodie. We can certainly thank the French heritage of this diverse province for some of its spectacular culinary offerings, but the fusion of old-world tradition and new world innovation is a scene in food that you simply cannot afford to miss.
A trip up the steps of a grand fronted building in Montréal will see you enter a world of total opulence. The modern interiors of Restaurant Europea play host to the classically inspired and utterly exquisite food served here.
A melange of creativity and local produce such as the lobster cream cappuccino, twists on old classics such as the beef strip loin with an updated poutine, and intriguing dishes like ‘My passport to sweetness’, a selection of deserts, will transport you to a Québec that you won’t find elsewhere.
We highly recommend you try a tasting menu at the chef’s table that is positioned in the kitchen. That way you can enjoy a bit of everything whilst being in the midst of the action.
Sea urchins with daikon and nasturtium, guinea fowl in a poivrade sauce and venison and sea snails with a red pepper glaze are just some of the magical dishes conceived at one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada. Montréal’s Toqué! aims to make the first bite of their dishes just as memorable as the last and this gastronomic world of fantasy certainly packs a punch. An extensive wine list, the length nearly matched by their list of accolades, is paired with the unforgettable menu, and all is served in a minimalist chic space. Toqué! is more than a restaurant with a kitchen, it’s a laboratory and we can’t wait to try it’s next experiments.
Le Continental in the beautiful and romantic setting of Québec City opened its doors in 1956 and has been a firm fixture on the foodie circuit ever since. A favourite of many of the country’s Prime Ministers in the past, this restaurant has a real old fashioned charm. And that’s not all; Le Continental offers dinner with a show, of sorts. Whether you’ve ordered a flambéed filet mignon or a sensational Crepe Suzette, the staff at Le Continental will prepare your meal at your table so you can be sure not to miss any of the fun. The interior is classic in style and the service is impeccable. It may be the most old-fashioned of our top three but there’s a reason why Le Continental has stayed on the scene for so long, and it certainly won’t be going anywhere fast.