If you're within an hour's drive of Sherbrooke, Quebec - perhaps on the way to Montreal, or perhaps skiing at nearby Mont Orford - and you have a hankering for classic French cuisine, you will want to work in a stop at La Table du Chef. I was there for a special wine tasting dinner with a fixed menu, but I needed no introduction to the chef, Alain Labrie, formerly of the highly-respected Auberge Hatley in nearby North Hatley. I had many memorable meals there. Unfortunately, the venerable inn burned to the ground in 2006, but the silver lining to that tragedy is that Alain and his wife Joelle opened La Table du Chef.
The restaurant is a chic remake of a former rectory next to a decommissioned church. After passing by the attractive bar at the entrance, you enter the restaurant proper, broken up into cozy rooms conducive to conversation.
The staff is highly professional and friendly, in quintessential quebecois style.
The meal that evening, paired with wines from a Madiran (southwest France) vineyard, Domaine des Bories, was foie gras, breast of duck, braised bison cheek (that was a first for me!), and a pear tart, all perfectly prepared and beautifully presented, even for a group of 40 guests who came for the special dinner. All 40 could not fit into one room, an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time. To me it was a net positive, but it might be hard for a group of more than 25 or so to be in the same room, if that was a necessity.
On the regular menu you can expect to find a classic array of French dishes. The wine list is top-notch.
The prices are in accordance with the quality of the food and the ambiance. Well worth a detour, if you're looking for a special dining experience. Bon appetit!
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