11 New Restaurants You Need to Try
There’s always a new restaurant popping up in Québec City, whether it’s for a quick bite, a multi-course extravaganza, or tasty international cuisine. So where should you eat? This list of new restaurants should steer you in the right direction.
This wine and tapas bar is so good, it’s almost sinful. A recent addition to Rue Saint-Jean, it takes the pleasure of a well-paired dish to new heights. The chef draws inspiration from the restaurant’s selection of private-import wines to create moments of sheer food magic. The dessert and wine pairing, which changes regularly, is very naughty indeed. It’s a place to try and share—a refined and elegant setting with cheeky nods to Québec’s Catholic heritage, including the desacralized confessional in the gender-neutral bathrooms.
- Restaurant Melba
Step in for a drink and stay until closing at this chic little number in Saint-Sauveur. From the kitchen and behind the bar, the team serves up travel-inspired fare, with a notable penchant for the south of France. The dishes are totally current, while being rooted in Québec’s rich French culinary heritage. The result is a distinctive experience full of local ingredients elevated by impeccable technique.
- Café Québécor, MNBAQ
Café Québecor par Laurent Godbout
Here, art influences gastronomy. The new exhibition at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec has inspired chef Laurent Godbout, who is taking over the magnificent restaurant in the Pierre Lassonde pavilion, Café Québecor. His first menu aims to surprise customers, while highlighting the latest arrivals and the freshness of local products. The new menu experience is a destination by itself, but we strongly recommend combining it with a visit to an exhibition.
- Zeus gyros Grec
Zeus Gyros grec
If you’re looking for gyros on the go, Québec City finally has an authentic gyro joint: Zeus Gyros Grec on Avenue Cartier. The small takeout counter is the latest venture from the team at Mezzé and serves up chicken pitas, pork souvlaki, and traditional Greek gyros (with fries inside!) that do not disappoint.
- Hono ramen
Honō Ramen, the new address of the popular Honō Izakaya, recently opened its doors in the Saint-Roch district. Lovers of Japanese cuisine prepare ramen with homemade broths and noodles that all look delicious. Honō Izakaya classics like karaage fried chicken and dumplings are also available. Ready for a bowl of authentic flavours from Japan?
Peruvian cuisine in the heart of Saint-Sauveur? Why not! That’s what you’ll find at Tumi, a little slice of fine Peruvian cuisine located in one of Québec City’s funkiest neighbourhoods. The dishes are time-honoured family recipes given a new spin by the owners, who are also at the helm of catering business La Brigade. The many tapas and small dishes to share offer a great introduction to the flavours of Peru.
There’s something new on 3e Avenue. Le Lièvre et la Tortue has been replaced by Babeurre Délicatesses, a sweet ’n salty offering by Karine Jacques. Pop by this neighbourhood diner for a gourmet lunch, a coffee, a bottle of fine wine, or a selection of doughnuts, focaccia, and other baked delights.
- Allison Van Rassel
This welcoming spot in Sillery is all about the pleasure of a meal between friends. For the full experience, you’ll want to order dishes to share. The menu features classic Korean numbers like kimchi, kimbap, bibimbap, and tteokbokki, served with a flair as exciting as the flavours. It’s a great introduction to Korean food in all its subtle deliciousness. My personal favourites are the Korean seafood crepe (jeon) and the noodles and vegetables in black bean sauce (jjajangmyeon). For a refreshing drink, try the melon soju.
- District Gourmet - Helena
Welcome to Helena’s! When she opened her District Gourmet restaurant, Montréal chef Helena Loureiro promised a true Portuguese feast in a lively setting. And she delivered. The menu features a nice selection of petiscos (tapas) to share, as well as impressive mains such as the octopus and the fresh fish. The asparagus salad with São Jorge cheese and Serrano ham is a must.
- Restaurant Kaiji
Take a trip to the land of the rising sun with chef Phong Thach. Kaiji is everything a Japanese restaurant should be, with simple, fresh ingredients and refined, complex flavours that capture the essence of sushi and sashimi.
- Allison Van Rassel
Chicken & Bap
Need a little Korean fried chicken in your life? Don’t we all. Enter Chicken & Bap, the family snack bar with a big heart that popped up in a modest location in Beauport after a fast food restaurant moved out. Their classic rendition of Korean fried chicken is crispy and comforting, and the dipping sauces alone make the detour worth every mile‒especially the sweet, sour, and spicy yangnyeom. They also have a fridge with drinks imported straight from South Korea and housemade kimchi prepared by chef Yuri Kim and her husband Sukmin Jang according to a family recipe.