This is the first season of Top Chef Canada to feature a contestant from Quebec City, and Sebastien Laframboise is ready to represent. He loves the feeling of creating something delicious with quality ingredients, and he’s excited when a restaurant’s menu reflects the same.

According to Sebastien the culinary scene in Quebec City is welcoming, open-minded, and mindful of the local products, which are considerations he undoubtedly puts into his own, curated selection of Top 5 spots in the city.

Arvi Restaurant

There’s nothing pretentious about this high-concept restaurant, where the philosophy is breaking down the wall between chef and diner. The open kitchen allows guests to view the chefs as they concoct their plates before they bring them out, which makes visiting this place an actual experience.

“[Chef propiétaire] Julien Masia is a former colleague of mine, he has a very delicate touch about cooking,” Sebastien says. “I love the concept of the cooks serving the food as well.”

Restaurant Initiale

Sebastian is so high on this fine-dining experience that he calls it “by far, the most amazing gastronomic, beautiful, precise experience you can get in Quebec city.”

That’s certainly noteworthy praise, but given chef Yvan Lebrun’s Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux certification and AAA/CAA Five Diamond rating, we’d say it’s worth the hype.

 

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This foie gras cut like butter. Never had it so perfect.

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Battuto

Sebastien praises this small, 20-seat Italian joint as being run by “a super talented chef (chef Guillaume St-Pierre) and his acolyte, a mad scientist pastry chef (Paul Croteau) that makes the most amazing pasta in the city.”

Indeed, the rotating menu of items and an evolving wine list by sommelier Pascal Bussières indicate intricate, handcrafted attention, a feat that is only topped by “pro service” that’s “amazingly friendly but very professional.”

Bistro B

There’s something about this resto and its evolving menu that “feels like home” every time Sebastien steps through the door there. He loves eating at the kitchen counter and chatting with the chefs, noting that “the food’s great with a very nice selection of wines.”

With menu items like Beef Cheek Tagliatelle, Summer Flounder, and Argentina Shrimp Fritto, our tastebuds agree.

 

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#patesfraiches #bistrodecartier #pur #bistrob #lapineffiloché #noisettes

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Soupe & Cie

If you’re looking for a warm bowl of comfort, Sebastian highly recommends this spot for soup any and every day.

“It’s my favourite all-time spot in Quebec,” he says. “They do soup, don’t ask for a sandwich. The Indian soup there his mind-blowing, I recommend the Bœuf Saignant as a starter too, but only if you like cilantro.”

 

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Bien terminer le week-end.

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