Les Fougères, Chelsea, Quebec

If you’re in the Ottawa Valley or the Outaouais and you mention the concept of regional cooking in Quebec, Les Fougères will be named. Chefs Charles Part and Jennifer Warren Part are completely and utterly dedicated to serving forth the best food and wine to their clientele. Aside from the...

Soif: Bar à vin, Gatineau, Québec

SOIF Bar à Vin is a true wine bar, where wine is their focus. Champion sommelier Veronique Rivest has curated a concise but ever-changing list offering authentic wines, wines that speak of a place, with an emphasis on organic and biodynamic growing practices…natural and real wines made by...

Fairmont Manoir Richelieu, Pointe au Pic (Charlevoix), Quebec

About a decade ago, Fairmont Hotels gave Le Manoir Richelieu (c. 1899) a $170 million make over.  In it’s very early days it was constructed to emulate a French castle and, today, it really is a grand hotel on one of the earth’s most glorious rivers.  At that point in La Malbaie, the...

Les Jardins Sauvages, Saint-Roch de L’Achigan, Quebec

One of the neatest restaurants in Quebec, Les Jardins Sauvages, is owned and operated by Chef Nancy Hinton and forager/farmer François Brouillard. Aside from being a country eatery, they create and sell a line of products derived from wild plants and mushrooms at a farmer’s market stall at Marché...

Bar George, Montreal

When you grow up as a son of a hotelier, no matter where it is on earth, the whole notion of hospitality gets into your blood. Whether the young Kevin was flipping omelettes and making curries with his mother, or tagging along with his father at the hotel and restaurant where he worked, Kevin’s...

Candide, Montreal

Way back in 1825 cultural commentator Brillat-Savarin wrote: “The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.”   Chef John Winter Russell is one of those culinary creators who is intentionally building a bright and vital culinary scene...

Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec

As Sooke Harbour House is to British Columbia, Manoir Hovey is to Quebec. On the banks of Lake Massawippi, near North Hatley in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, this inn and the chefs have been harvesting the region and serving it forth for as long as I’ve been writing about it and, like me, he’s still...

Toqué!, Montréal

Chef Normand Laprise and business partner, Christine Lamarche, have been regaling dinners and promoting their suppliers for as long as they’ve been in business. Through Toqué!, they aimed to create a restaurant based on market-fresh cuisine where the emphasis is placed on local products.  It has...

Les Jardins de Métis, Grand Métis, Quebec

Les Jardins de Métis is a magical place and a testament to a dream that has spanned generations of the Reford family. In the summer of 1926, Elsie Reford began transforming her fishing camp on the Metis River into a garden. Located 220 miles north-east of Quebec City, at 48.51º N. latitude, the...

Taverne Monkland, Montréal

“This is what a ‘local’ looks like in Montreal.  Stylish, great food and very, very comfortable! Monkland Taverne has been an institution in Notre Dame de Grace (NDG) since 1995 and the team of owners –  Josh Crowe, Barbara Irwin, Stephen Leslie, Boris Schweers and Donald Lovell  – have been...