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“Gastronomic excellence”

Chez Boulay-bistro boreal
Ranked #13 of 1,520 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $50
Cuisines: Canadian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cote du Palais
Description: Confit goose and duck leg parmentier, potatoes with mushrooms and fir tree essence, birch syrup vinaigrette: these are a few examples of what can be found on the menu at Chez Boulay – Bistro Boréal. On rue Saint-Jean in Quebec City since 2012, the restaurant places a value on the boreal region, especially the produce from the vast wilderness of northern Canada. For the last five years, the Bistro has been a popular destination because of our passionate chefs. Come meet our team and enjoy a memorable Nordic experience. Five years after the opening of Chez Boulay – Bistro Boreal, Arnaud Marchand and his team innovate and export their culinary talent into this new gastronomic adventure: the Comptoir boreal. In our charming and warm space in the heart of Quebec City, you will find pastries, sandwiches and ready-made meals that emphasize the value of the produce from our region. Foodies and clients on the go can come and enjoy snacks and meals that are out of the ordinary.
Reviewed July 24, 2013

I had carefully researched other readers' reviews on Trip Advisor before selecting this restaurant for dinner. My husband and I were thankful for my research and the feedback from others. Upon arriving on time for our reservation, we were promptly seated at our table and given menus. Soon after the restaurant's manager (we learned later) suggested wine choices, after we asked, and we decided to order the Le Deux Copains, a red wine from France. It was delicious and not overly expensive, and we have added it to our list of special wines. I ordered the salad of the day and my husband ordered the French onion soup. Neither one of us was disappointed. My salad accompanied by a fish cake was expertly prepared with fabulous sauces and was delicious. My husband had never experienced such a delectable French onion soup with exquisite cheese. Next I ordered the bison cheek and he the veal steak special of the day with foie gras. Well, let me tell you that the bison cheek melted in my mouth with wonderful flavor, while my husband who had never tried foie gras now is a fan. These were both fabulous choices and just the right amount of food. For dessert, my husband ordered strawberry shortcake with fir mousse, and I ordered the macaroons. Both were fabulously tasty. When we left and were walking down the wonderful Quebec City streets, we agreed that the meal was our favorite of Quebec and that we would certainly return. The food made us feel great - not overly full, but healthily satisfied and delighted with the experience that we had enjoyed. The service was exceptional - great manager and server (Anna).

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Sophie M, Propriétaire at Chez Boulay-bistro boreal, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2013

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Best dinner we had in Quebec. Period...
Incredible service, I want to go again!!
It is a food lovers Heaven.
Yes, I am in love. Believe me it is that good and I am a foodie!

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Sophie M, Propriétaire at Chez Boulay-bistro boreal, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2013

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Very pleasant surprise. Best meal in Quebec City. This modern, parisian looking restaurant is located in a vibrant street. The service was impeccable. If you like venison, they offer a great choice of original dishes. The dishes chosen were outstanding and the bill reasonable for a restaurant of this caliber. Highly recommended restaurant!

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Sophie M, Propriétaire at Chez Boulay-bistro boreal, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Boulay is a great restaurant. The food is not just good: it is spectacular and very inventive: "Nordic" cuisine which uses northern ingredients in the most creative and delicious ways. For instance, the salmon tartare with (among other things a bit of fir jelly, which makes a great combination.) Boulay would be a star in New York or LA or wherever. Go (and as we did) go again. And very reasonable to boot.

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Sophie M, Propriétaire at Chez Boulay-bistro boreal, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This was our first visit to this restaurant, and we were delighted with the whole dining experience here. The staff were friendly and efficient, the atmosphere the perfect blend of casual chic, and the food perfectly prepared. Salmon was moist and flavorful with interesting herb and spice that's used in Nordic cuisine. Scallops were also perfectly prepared and presented with a whimsical use of molecular gastronomy. Highly recommend!

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Sophie M, Propriétaire at Chez Boulay-bistro boreal, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

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