Trois-Rivières: a delight for foodies
August 10th, 2017 | by Virginie Lessard
Love great food? If so, Trois-Rivières is the place to be. It has everything an avid foodie could possibly want. Our city offers a host of fine specialty restaurants, and they’re sure to leave you singing their praises!
The reputation of Poivre Noir is second to none. This five-star restaurant specializes in high-end French cuisine that is a joy to the palate. Every dish is a work of art, meticulously designed to combine flavours, textures and colours for a result that’s as exquisite to look at as it is to savour. Renowned chef José-Pierre loves to cook with fresh and original local products. With skill and finesse, he weaves a tapestry of flavours, creating a perfect balance of sweet, savoury and spicy.
In summer, make a stop at the restaurant’s tapas bar on the terrace, with its outdoor kitchen and panoramic view of the river. Sit back and take in the magic of the surroundings while delighting in a selection of these small, tasty offerings.
You’ll also revel in the five-course gourmet menu at Poivre Noir. We recommend the Argentine pink shrimp with frothed buttermilk, dill oil and goat yogurt granita. And for the ultimate dining experience, try the food and wine pairing—you won’t be sorry!
1300, rue du Fleuve
An icon of French-inspired cuisine in the region for more than 60 years, Le Castel offers a refined menu and an outstanding wine list. It’s no wonder it’s a favourite of Mauricie residents and visitors alike. The menu, recently updated by chef Dominic Lapointe, is as sophisticated as ever and defined by fresh, seasonal ingredients and exquisite presentations. To truly embrace the Castel experience, try the food wine pairings recommended by the chef. Enjoy your gourmet meal in one of two very different atmospheres: the bistro or ultra-chic restaurant. In summer, the terrace beckons, adding a third dining possibility. Because Le Castel is so popular, reservations are recommended to ensure you’re not disappointed!
5800, boulevard Gene-H.-Kruger
Le Buck – Pub Gastronomique
In a building that dates back to 1757 in the heart of the Trois-Rivières old quarter, you’ll find Le Buck – Pub Gastronomique, created from the merger of the Trou du diable micro-brewery and Le Buck caterer. Owners Alexandre Labrie and Samuel Lemieux are young, innovative and environmentally-responsible chefs with a passion for local products, craft beers and gourmet cooking. At Le Buck, Quebec products are front and centre, from venison and salmon to produce from the region’s farms. To complement your meal, choose a beer from the Trou du diable micro-brewery or a wine recommended by the restaurant’s sommelier.
Dining at Le Buck means indulging in a meticulously prepared meal offering the flavours and freshness of local products in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The menu changes with product availability and the seasons. In summer, try the tasty “guédille” from the restaurant’s light lunch menu along with a glass of beer on the pretty and intimate terrace.
142, rue Saint-François-Xavier
Auberge du Lac Saint-Pierre
Renowned for its outstanding quality, the restaurant at Auberge du Lac Saint-Pierre offers a refined and imaginative menu that has earned it “Terroir et Saveurs” certification. With a career spanning 30 years, chef Alain Pénot has been recognized with a number of awards and distinctions. A master of gourmet cuisine, he is particularly known for his marinated smoked trout from St-Alexis-des-Monts, which has earned him rave reviews. If you’ve an appetite for something a little different, the seared wapiti loin from Ste-Perpétue is also a favourite. Chef Pénot leaves nothing to chance, and everything is prepared on site, from the sauces to desserts.
The restaurant’s popular “VINdredi” formula—a Friday night offering that pairs food with wines from the Auberge’s cellar, is an ideal way to combine a gourmet meal with an excellent wine. For a very affordable price, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous five-course meal and three glasses of wine. The menu, which changes every Friday, allows visitors to discover the flavours of the region and start their weekend in style.
10 911, rue Notre-Dame-Ouest
Le Pot – Papilles et Cocktails
A combination of factors make Le Pot-Papilles et Cocktails an essential stop while in Trois-Rivières. Dining at Le Pot is a unique experience. To start, choose something refreshing from the impressive and highly original cocktail menu. The mixologists enthusiastically prepare unique aperitifs you’ll find nowhere else in the city. Once you move on to your meal, you’ll be enchanted by the healthy, simplified menu, which offers six different tartare dishes, each so delectable we’re betting you’ll have trouble choosing among them. You’ll also want to try the poke bowls, salads and charcuterie platters!
Le Pot is located in the heart of downtown, and its terrace is sun-lit all day, making it a favourite spot to watch the world go by. Whether for a drink or to enjoy an entire meal, a visit to Le Pot will leave you planning your return!
326, rue des Forges
Les Contrebandiers- Boissonnerie Gourmande
Jacques-Olivier Michaud, the highly proficient chef at Les Contrebandiers, is an expert at keeping diners happy. His original menu is comprised of dishes that spur conversation while paying homage to classic gourmet offerings. Les Contrebandiers has something for everyone: generous portions, sharing platters, gourmet snacks and light meals for smaller appetites. Nestled in a warm and elegant ambiance reminiscent of the days of Prohibition, you’ll choose from a varied menu after enjoying one of the many cocktails on offer. The chef recommends the delicious duck breast in a chocolate mole sauce. We think you’ll be equally tempted by the mouth-watering smoked trout and lemon confit on a bed of fresh pasta, the lobster risotto, or the signature Contrebandiers gnocchi. Let your taste buds guide you!
300, rue des Forges
Le Temps d’une Pinte
Le Temps d’une Pinte is a Trois-Rivières mainstay: microbrewery, coffee roaster and gourmet bistro rolled into one. Open morning ‘til evening, it’s perfect when you’re ready for your morning coffee break, planning an after-work get-together or just plain hungry. The menu varies with the time of day. At dawn, breakfast pastries await you along with a delectable coffee brewed from fresh roasted beans. At noon, an à la carte bistro menu includes the restaurant’s hugely popular scotch eggs. The evening menu, displayed on a blackboard, changes on a regular basis, which means that every time you visit Le Temps, you’re in for something special! The chef relishes reinventing traditional pub recipes with gourmet flair and regional products. And no visit is complete without enjoying a cold beer brewed on site. Whether punchy, bitter, strong, light, fruity or sour, there’s sure to be a house beer that’s right up your alley. Be it your first visit to Le Temps or your hundred and first, you’ll enjoy a warm welcome and a festive, pub-like atmosphere that will keep you coming back!
1645, rue Notre-Dame Centre
Épi, buvette de quartier
Eat local, eat fresh, eat well! In partnership with Jardins Dugré, Épi is a small, intimate restaurant in downtown Trois-Rivières. It offers an inventive menu that reflects the season, the products available and, of course, the chef’s inspiration. The ingredients are diverse and combine culinary innovation with unique flavours. The restaurant’s sommelier knows his wines and will be pleased to recommend the perfect pairing. Also on offer is a selection of highly tantalizing cocktails. Add in the relaxed, convivial atmosphere, and you’re assured of a memorable evening. Épi is new to the restaurant scene in Trois-Rivières, so come try it out!
119, rue Radisson
La Maison de Débauche par le Carlito
Promoting the full enjoyment of food and wine is the philosophy of La Maison de Débauche. Chef Le Carlito has long been held in high regard in Trois-Rivières, but with this refreshing new touch, he’s now the envy of epicureans near and far, and local foodies could not be happier! Share an entrée and choose from a selection of pizzas fresh out of a wood oven, tartare options, burgers, chicken, beef and pasta dishes, and even deluxe poutine, to say nothing of the decadent desserts. To accompany your meal, select one of the superior wines on the extensive wine list. Prepare to indulge, and come join in the feast!
361, rue des Forges
Restaurant le St-Antoine
A favourite bring-your-own-wine restaurant, St-Antoine will appeal to the gourmet in you with its Italian-inspired French cuisine. For your entrée, try the house classic: baked brie with fresh applesauce. As a main course, choose seafood or filet mignon. Feel like indulging? For a small additional charge, the restaurant will flambé your seafood selection in Pernod or your filet mignon in brandy. You will not be disappointed! End the meal on a delightfully sweet note: mousse cheesecake. Add in the intimate, chic décor, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect evening at the St-Antoine.
151, rue St-Antoine
Restaurant le Grill
Restaurant le Grill has mastered the art of playing with fire and is without question the place to go for the finest grilled dishes. Try the flank steak marinated in Zinfandel and butter-sautéed shallots or the classic “Le Grill” filet mignon with mushroom duxelles and baked goat cheese, complemented by a roasted garlic, rosemary and cabernet sauce. If you’re especially hungry, you’ve come to the right place! In fact, our sumptuous rib steak, aged at least 55 days, is so large you may need to share it. Can’t decide? Order the Mix Grill platter for two: New York sirloin steak, honey citrus grilled chicken, marinated lamb chops, grilled sausages, ribs and garlic shrimp, along with a selection of sauces, side dishes and the Le Grill salad. In other words, arrive hungry and leave happy! (Psst: there’s also an on-site butcher shop, so you can take home fresh cuts of meat to cook to perfection in your own indoor or outdoor kitchen.)
350, rue des Forges
Le pêché mignon - Table gourmande
Le pêché mignon is a bring-your-own-wine restaurant renowned for its AAA filet mignon, aged to perfection, and its incomparably fresh seafood. It also offers a delicious selection of beautifully prepared fish dishes. If you’re more of a chicken person, the tender, flavourful “supreme de poulet” served with either a blue cheese or mushroom sauce is sure to delight. Foodies love Le pêché mignon, not just because of its warm and friendly atmosphere, but because its chefs offer a varied and always tempting table d’hôte and generous portions. In summer, enjoy the lovely and tranquil terrace behind this vintage building in the heart of downtown. Le Pêché Mignon invites you to bring your own wine or beer—but above all, come hungry!
329, rue Saint-Roch
For more than 20 years, Le Lupin has welcomed diners to its historical building in downtown Trois-Rivières. Recognized among the city’s finest restaurants, Le Lupin offers an intimate ambiance where you’ll enjoy a varied menu that includes delicious crêpes bretonnes. Do you have a particular preference for your crêpes? At Le Lupin, all is possible! And its specialties don’t stop there. Indulge in sweetbreads, rack of lamb, Dover sole or a wide selection of mussel dishes. Whether you visit for lunch or dinner, you’ll enjoy table d’hôte choices unlike anywhere else in the city. The service is impeccable, and Le Lupin is proud of its reputation to always offer value for money. The icing on the cake? Bring your own wine!
376, rue Saint-George
Aqua is known for its varied, delicious menu. A downtown favourite since 2004, it offers award-winning décor and a choice of dishes sure to please the most discerning diner. Its grilled and seafood selections are the talk of the town, particularly the Corail de fruits de mer, which includes a salmon filet, shrimp and scallops in a lobster bisque sauce. It also serves sumptuous breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. And, keeping your budget in mind, Aqua’s owners always offer appealing promotions, so pay a visit to the Aqua website for more info!
334, rue des Forges
With all that’s on offer from the celebrated chefs in Trois-Rivières, your biggest challenge will be in deciding where to eat. What’s not in dispute is the enjoyment of the experience!