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Cuisinomane addresses: must-visit gastronomic establishments

This week, let’s honor restaurants that have, in their own way, contributed to the development of Quebec’s gastronomic scene. These restaurants offer unique ambiences with time, as well as recipes that are not subject to change on trends. A little love for our Quebec establishments!

Madam Bolduc

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Behind the orange sign, well anchored in Plateau Mont-Royal (formerly Quarter de Lorimier), hides a whole history of passionate entrepreneurs who simply want to satisfy the needs of the people in the neighborhood. From a butcher shop in the 1940s to Mme Bolduc’s restaurant in 1955, and then Maam Bolduc in the 1970s, the current owners assure that the spirit remains unchanged: gourmet and homely cuisine (including several unchanged recipes from Mme Bolduc), everyone will take pleasure in perusing. On the menu and request more than enough.
4351 Rue de Lorimier, Montreal

Holy love

Photo provided by Le Saint-Amour

Arriving in Quebec in his early twenties as a savior to fill the numerous positions in the kitchen for the 1976 Olympic Games (while carrying out his military services), Jean-Luc Boulay quickly carved out a place for himself as an option in a few bistros in the city, before opening, with two partners, Saint Amour, in 1978. By perfecting his knowledge each year for several years at the École Lenotre, in Paris, and by popularizing the desserts in the dish, Chef Boulay slowly built the reputation of Saint-Amour, as we know it today. It makes you wonder what this establishment would be like today without the skews of foie gras, scoop, and bread pudding of land and sea, the latter of which has been on the menu since day one?

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48 Rue Sainte-Ursule, Quebec

Restaurant Au Petit Poucet

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Épicerie Petit Poucet in 1926, Rôtisserie Au Petit Poucet in 1945, even Restaurant Au Petit Poucet in the 1970s: no one knows said Poucet, but he will soon be 100 years old. no thing. However, he can certainly be described as greedy, generous, and a lover of Quebec cuisine and nationally famous ham for more than 70 years. We go to the icon of Route 117, in Val David, to taste the cream of our traditional dishes: tortieres, pea soup, cretons, buckwheat pancakes and … a ham sandwich! A real must in the city.
1030 QC-117, Val David

Bawad Cafe

Photo provided by Café Buade

Dining in a century-old establishment, in a building dating back to 1860, a stone’s throw from Château Frontenac: head to Café Buade! Savor honest and unpretentious dishes, where many of the classics of French cuisine intertwine with Quebec dishes. Don’t go for bold dishes, go for the basics, like prime rib. Not to mention the exceptional value for money.
31, rue de Buade, Quebec

Au14 Restaurant

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This Vietnamese restaurant, located at 14 Prince Arthur Street, a stone’s throw from Plateau-Mont-Royal, has been welcoming its loyal customers (as well as new tastes!) since 1976. The Ha family’s recipes – today to the third generation – are meticulously respected to provide the most realistic experience possible. You can sample several types of soups with intricate homemade broth, spring rolls, and various grilled meats, as well as Bánh Khot, these small Vietnamese pancakes filled with pork and shrimp. It is possible to eat on site, or pick up your order for take away.

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14 Prince Arthur Street West, Montreal


Image provided by Le Continental

Well located on the avenue Saint-Louis since 1956, Le Continental is the motto of the old capital. Opened by a new Italian quartet from Montreal, in 2009 the restaurant, known for its service to the table and outbreaks of disease to the table, came under the leadership of Mr. Pettigrew (who began his career as a diver at 13), and then Mr. Pageau, who also began his career at Continental. Although the menu has evolved – farewell to tortoiseshell – many classics have not left the menu: Caesar salad gathered on the table, “canned” filet mignon, duck orange, not to mention the flaming coffee. Continental has been endorsed by none other than Anthony Bourdain!
26 St. Louis Street, Quebec

Auberge Saint Gabriel

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It is impossible to talk about restaurants that have marked and continue to celebrate history, without mentioning Auberge Saint-Gabriel, in Old Montreal. Under construction Cultural Heritage Law, the oldest establishment in North America still in operation (built in 1688), the first beverage license granted in Canada (in 1754), not to mention the great historical moments that took place under this legendary roof. Admittedly, many of the rooms as well as the restaurant have undergone some facelift over time, but nothing to tarnish the spirit that is still very much alive. In terms of taste, Auberge’s identity is found in high-quality dishes, under the sign of generosity, exuberance and richness … Think prime rib with aligot, chicken on a spit and the unmissable Swiss fondue. Auberge Saint-Gabriel is more than just a gastronomic experience.

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426 St. Gabriel Street, Montreal

Antiques buffet

Image courtesy of Buffet de l’Antiquaire

Today, finding a restaurant that offers continuous service from 6 am to 9 pm is a real challenge. Adding to that a place to order the famous brunch dish at 11am as it is at 8pm can seem like an impossible task. Impressively, you have to head towards the Old Port area to find a real gem straight from the antique shop, to know that this type of establishment still exists … Here, since 1976. We are fascinated by the sense of belonging prevailing there, the warm atmosphere, the family service, plus The comforting dishes that the best grandmothers deserve.
95 Rue St. Paul, Old Port, Quebec

Tommy Dion is a food columnist/critic and founder of the web platform and gourmet guide