Chez Muffy, Auberge St. Antoine, Québec City
Auberge Saint-Antoine is a window on Québec City’s past. Hundreds of artifacts from both the French and English regimes were discovered during an extensive archaeological dig on the property. As a member of Relais et Chateaux, the hospitality and style are guaranteed. The hotel itself is a treasure. The Price family, whose history parallels two centuries of life in Quebec, also own the Musée du Fort, filled with artifacts from early Quebec. It was in that lovely museum many years ago, that I marvelled at the delicate pieces of a wine glass that had been unearthed. They seemed tissue thin. The guide said…”Ah…yes, they wanted to feel the wine as well as taste it.” Whenever I have a fine wine in a fine glass I recall those comments.
It’s here, inside the stone walls of a riverside warehouse dating back to the 19th century, that they created Auberge St. Antoine and its new and totally approachable restaurant Chez MUFFY in this city of great dining along with their new Bar Artefact. Affectionately renamed after the matriarch of Auberge Saint-Antoine, Martha “Muffy” Bate Price, for her generous spirit and sense of community, it just seems right that the concept revolves around the farms of the region bringing their produce to the tables of this gracious inn.
Executive Chef Julien Ouellet, a native of Québec City, and graduate of l’École hôtelière de la Capitale, began his culinary career as chef de partie at the gourmet restaurant Utopia, working under the direction of head chef Stéphane Modat until its doors closed in 2009. Ouellet then headed to British Columbia, where he became Chef de Partie at the renowned restaurant West in Vancouver. His time there was one of culinary discovery as he learned to work with local produce and products unique to Western Canada.
Ouellet joined Auberge Saint-Antoine in 2013 as sous-chef, and became Executive Chef in October 2016. As a native son of the region, he understands the possibilities and richness that’s at the restaurant’s doorstep. The hotel/restaurant grows their own farm products Isle d’Orléans providing guests with a real taste of the region’s terroir. Although the menus change often, you may be able to sample Quebec mussels, lightly smoked in juniper with pine roasted zucchini or local mackerel with larch infused butter, grilled zucchinis and sweet-and-sour radicchios. Suffice it to say, he is a very talented chef.
Chez Muffy is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Chez Muffy est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez Chez Muffy directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
8 rue Saint-Antoine
Québec City, Québec, Canada G1K 4C9
T: 418-692-2211 Toll free: 888-692-2211