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“Mixed Bag” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chez Boulay-Bistro Boreal

Chez Boulay-Bistro Boreal
1110 Rue Saint-Jean, Quebec City, Quebec G1R1S4, Canada
+1 418-380-8166
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Ranked #14 of 1,171 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $50
Cuisines: Canadian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cote du Palais
Description: It's the story about a meeting on the set of Les chefs in 2010. It's also the story about a common passion expressed today in their menu of boreal inspirations. Northern cuisine offers a unique re-imagination of our local regional products, to the rhythm of our seasons. Elk, fish, elderflower and wintergreen play an integral part in our inventive menu. A surprising mix of culinary traditions and international influences. Bistro style and boreal inspiration join forces to create gourmet pleasures.
Connecticut
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Mixed Bag”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We came to this restaurant because we heard it was exceptional. We were a little disappointed. Although some of our dishes WERE exceptional, others were just mediocre. Service was spotty, with waiters arriving with the next course, without the dishes from the previous course cleared and silverware was not replaced between courses. We did not expect these types of lapses at a restaurant of this caliber and price. The menu, however, was interesting and varied.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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NJ
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“contemporary & tasty Nordic inspired foods”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

4.5 stars...we dined there on our last nite at QC and it was a refreshing change from the usual French Canadian foods. yes, they have menu in English. the decor is contemporary yet relaxing. this is one of those restaurants that you want to taste every single items on the menu. the ingredients are definitely fresh and chefs' preparations are fantastic. seems not busy during lunch time, maybe due to limited choice of entrees. wait staffs were young, attentive, and professional.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gray, Maine
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
“Fabulous Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We had the great fortune of dining here recently while on assignment to cover the Fete de la Nouvelle France. Every time we come to Quebec city we search out some of the great local offerings for dinner. Sometims a bistro or pub, sometimes a tried and true tourist destination that offers great samplings from the Great White North. Sometimes we opt for haute cuisine (and have never been disappointed). This time around Chez Boulay caught our eye because of the unique "Cuisine Boreal".
What we came to realize, in an interview with Chef Marchand the following day, all that can possibly be sourced from Quebec, is (he has to reach out to BC or Alberta for Bison). All the organic ingredients that can be sourced locally are used. He refuses to use anything that is not "boreal", such as citrus and olive oil. What he does use, more than makes up for the lack of more traditional ingredients and are grown locally and organicaly.
We had Bison Tatare and Cappucino oinon soup for starters, a delightful red from the Niagara region, mains of Confit Bison Cheeks and Confit Duck and Goose Legs. The flavours were absolutely astounding, the meat as tender as tender can be. We seriously felt that we were getting haute cuisine for bistro prices, it was that good.
The service from Anne, a really superior, on top of her game waitress, was absolutely perfect. We were made to feel like, as well as treated like, family.
I cannot find any fault in Chez Boulay at all. The price was very good. Not "pub cheap" but reasonable for the quantity and quality of food with premium service. Chez Boulay has only been open for about a year yet is operating like it has been here forever, a testament to the training of the staff from Chef Marchand. Classicly trained in Michelen star restaurants in his native France, Chef Marchand has carved out a really spectacular niche in Old Quebec City. Very impressive.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vermont
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great Northern cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Creative, delicious cuisine served by a friendly, attentive staff, in a very comfortable space. We can especially recommend the seafood platter appetizer for two and the duck & goose confit. Our other entrée (halibut) was a special, and so might not be available, but it was delicious as well!

Visited August 2013
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Manama, Al Manamah, Bahrain
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Make a point of eating in this restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

This restaurant has a quite unique menu as it serves only food that comes from the north (which parallel is it again? can't remember) so no lemons or pineapple in the recipes! We had an excellent service and the wine recommendations came from the sommelier himself. It is NOT a snobbish place at all, very relaxed, just good quality. My mother ordered the half-lobster entrée and it was not only delicious but also very generous. At 18$ it's the most expensive appetiser on the menu but it could be a meal in itself and it's definitely worth it! Other than that we had scallops, bison tartar and the bistro’s blood pudding duo served with leek pudding, the black roasted apples and potato purée. To die for! Un coup de coeur!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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