It’s almost as if chefs Jean-Luc Boulay and Arnaud Marchand anticipated the reviews when naming their restaurant: “Chez Boulay Bistro à Boréal is more than a mouthful . . .” It’s much more, actually (and it goes by Chez Boulay for short). The airy, modern bistro opened in 2012 as part of renovation of Hôtel Manoir Victoria, and it fills a need in this part of Upper Town for an all-around reliably good meal in an upscale, but not over-the-top ambience. Boulay, who has been perfecting his craft for more than 35 years at Le Saint-Amour (see below), wouldn’t stand for much less than perfection. The menu is Nordic-inspired with deer, duck, mackerel, Labrador tea spice, wintergreen, and birch syrup among the traditional ingredients. Portions are generous, especially at brunch (Sat–Sun, 10am–2pm). The clientele is locals with discriminating palettes and visitors looking for a much nicer alternative to the pub fare that seems ubiquitous on this street.
Quebec City› Restaurant
Chez Boulay Bistro à Boréal
1100 rue St-Jean (near rue St-Stanislas)
Our Rating Neighborhood Haute-Ville (Upper Town) Hours Mon–Fri 11:30am–10:30pm; Sat–Sun 10am–10:30pm Phone 418/380-8166 Prices Main courses brunch C$15–C$19; lunch C$14–C$19; dinner C$19–C$35 Cuisine Type Bistro Web site Chez Boulay Bistro à Boréal
Map1100 rue St-Jean Quebec City
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