My Love Affair with Les Fougères

The famous Salade Fougères.

I am no food reviewer, and its not often that I write about restaurants or the meals I’ve eaten in them, but when it comes to Les Fougerès, I gotta give them a shout out!

Charlie & Jennifer Part are the brains behind this operation that is found deep in the Gatineau Hills (Chelsea to be exact). Originally, they owned a little “boite” in Toronto called Loons, but after babies and the allure of a simpler life, they moved their brood to Chelsea where Jennifer’s parents and sister happen to live. As a result, Les Fougères was born in the remnants of an old gas station. To be perfectly honest, my opinion of these two is biased, as I was once their sous chef (yep,that is me on page 142 of their cookbook!), but in the past thirteen years I have never had a bad experience. Yes, it is true that I got married there, and the ten course meal that we ate will go down in history as the best wedding meal EVER, but I won’t let that sway my opinion.

After three years of staying away, Doug and I finally made the trek back to Les Fougères several weeks ago and enjoyed a most spectacular lunch! Chicken liver pate & Salade Fougères for me (my usual), and Dougie had the wild game terrine and the special of the day;  a salad of garden greens, local beef tenderloin, strawberries, pistachios and a plethora of other garden goodies. Of course no meal would be complete without cheese, and with over a dozen Quebec cheeses to choose from we had our work cut out for us! To finish off our lunch I ordered a little sweet somethin-somethin to help me endure the trek back to Shawville – Frangipane of raspberries with Fleur De Sel ice cream.

After filling ourselves with sumptuous food, a quick stop at the Les Fougères food store was a must. Despite the fact that I would have happily purchased every single item in the shop, I walked away with their own brand of extra virgin olive oil and a few jars of anchovy stuffed olives.

Les Fougères will always remain a favorite for me, hold a special place in my heart and continue to inspire me to cook with balls! (as Charlie always told me to do!)

The other dishes during our amazing lunch.

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3 Responses to “My Love Affair with Les Fougères”

  1. Wendy Jones Says:
    August 6th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Hey Rene- we know and love Les Fougeres… we have a family cottage nearby and always get things from their take out section to dine in style at the cottage. Love your write up.

  2. Dawn Fanjoy Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Renee, I have only been to Les Fougeres once and that was about 15 months ago. We live in Ottawa and were celebrating my youngest daughter’s 18th birthday and of course she wanted to have dinner in Quebec so she could order a legal drink!!! Someone had recommended it to us and I still think about that meal all the time. It was absolutely wonderful, not just the food but the atmosphere and service. I can’t believe we haven’t been back since but not you have me really thinking about it I will have to go very soon.

  3. Jenny Osburn Says:
    May 11th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    MMMmmmmm. Duck Confit at Les Fougeres. I was lucky enough to have had a three course lunch there five or six (seven?) years ago. The house salad was incredible. How cool that you worked there! I’ve dreamed about having a little shop at Union Street like the one at Les Fougeres but it’ll have to wait. At least we’ve got Quebec Duck Confit on the menu! Really enjoying your writing.

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