La Tanière ~ Cuisine Boréale, Québec City, QC
La Tanière was founded in 1977 and, as such, is absolutely rooted in the culinary history of Québec City. Even then, the menu was regional, specializing in game meats. This was the era of the now-legendary Serge Bruyère and across the Province, pride in their own food traditions was just beginning to flourish.
It’s rare to see a restaurant that has remained ahead of the curve for so many years. They are in the same league as Sooke Harbour House and Bishops; Manoir Hovey and On the Twenty.
The brilliant team who have been at the helm for 13 years have their vision firmly fixed on the future. Co-owner and host Karen Thierrien, is the niece of the restaurant’s founder while co-owner and Executive Chef Frédéric Laplante oversees the kitchen. His task includes a tremendous amount of research and development taking the best of modern cooking techniques and applied them to the ingredients of Québec. Frédéric was honoured as Québec City’s Chef of the Year in 2013 and in 2014 he was named Chef of the year for the entire Province by the Société des Chefs, Cuisiniers et Pâtissiers. The restaurant can claim one of the few CAA/AAA FIVE Diamond Awards in the Province along with The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
There are three menus every evening, all determined by the number of courses. As Karen and Frédéric write: “Our approach is resolutely to centred on the five senses. Sight, touch, hearing, small and, of course, taste come into play and to varying degrees. You will be totally immersed in an ever-expanding sensory universe.” He takes in individual ingredient then builds around it.
The Discovery Menu had ten courses; the Sensation Menu has fifteen while there are twenty courses in the one they’ve titled Revolution. And it’s almost fully sourced from Québec. Quail is from the Kamouraska and sea urchin is from the Gaspé begins the long, delicious list.
They are a Forchette Bleue restaurant and serve only sustainable seafood from the St. Lawrence River approved by Smarter Seafood®. Like Oceanwise which started at the Vancouver Aquarium, the certifying body, Exploramer, is based at a similar aquarium near Cap Chat in the Gaspé. It’s goal is to protect the St. Lawrence’s marine biodiversity by encouraging restaurants and fish markets to try some lesser-known edible species from the waters of the St. Lawrence.
We are thrilled to have them as part of Journée des terrors along with La Tanière’s sister restaurant, Légende, in Québec City.
La Tanière is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below.
La Tanière est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs
2115 Rang Saint Ange,
Québec City, QC G2G 0E8
T: 418-872 4386