Toque Normand Laprise Toque!
900, place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Montréal, canada H2Z 2B2
Cuisine: French
Enjoy artistically inspired cuisine at this high-end restaurant.
Openings: Dinner Tues.-Sat.


Toque!, Montréal, canada

Toque! Restaurant Review:

Toqué!’s food purveyors are listed on the front page of the tasting menu as a tribute to the importance chef Normand Laprise and his associate chef Christine Lamarche give to local produce and gastronomical products. Yet their restaurant, set at the heart of Montreal’s business district and right across from the convention center, is quite the opposite of a country inn, with its spacious, well-lit and playful décor featuring luxurious banquettes and drapes that smartly divide the large room into relatively intimate spaces. Execution is one of the strong points of the restaurant, demonstrated by precise cooking and a good and sometimes daring balance of flavors. Foie gras is a must. Inventive describes the marinated Nova Scotia princess scallops, which are plated artistically and paired with seasonal tastes such as sumac water, basil ice or strawberry juice. Duck breast is cooked confit, infused with herbs and often a touch of maple syrup. Dessert presents anything from a crispy cannoli with rhubarb and mascarpone cream, rhubarb sorbet and a touch of nutmeg oil to toffee popcorn and peanuts with iced popcorn mousse, hay caramel and brown butter crème anglaise. The wine list covers a range from Bordeaux châteaux and top burgundies to unusual wines from the Basque country, sweet red sparkling wine from central France, Australian Shiraz and Québec ice cider. It's predominantly biodynamic, organic and well-paired with dishes by knowledgeable sommeliers. If you can get a tour of the downstairs wine cellar, part of which is visible through the boxed-in glass in the middle of the restaurant, consider yourself lucky.

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