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Cuisine and Terroir: Bistro L'Orygine and Its Praise for Local Products

Enjoy Quebec's vegetables at the heart of every plate, in a friendly atmosphere.

By updated: Feb 14, 2024
Cuisine and Terroir: Bistro LOrygine and Its Praise for Local Products


36 Rue Saint-Pierre, Québec, G1K 3Z6

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Quebec City's restaurant scene is a vast universe where authenticity and freshness come together to offer unique experiences. At the heart of this dynamic scene is Sabrina Lemay, a passionate and adventurous chef who embodies the spirit of modern gastronomy with her simple, balanced approach.

Open since 2018, Bistro L'Orygine is part of the La Tanière group of restaurants, an undisputed benchmark in the field. Over the years, they have won several prestigious awards, including Traveler's Choice in 2023 and the Four Diamond Award by CAA/AAA.

The restaurant, open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner and Sunday for brunch, places a strong emphasis on vegetables and local produce, offering an authentic and tasty culinary experience. During the summer months, Bistro L'Orygine's terrace offers a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River.

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A Passionate Chef

Originally from Shawinigan, Sabrina Lemay has always nurtured the dream of becoming a chef. Her career is a testament to her determination, having practiced her art in such renowned establishments as Le Saint-Amour, La Tanière, Le Baluchon and Les Sales Gosses. It's this varied experience that has forged his vision of cuisine, imbued with creativity and respect for local Quebec produce.

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An Authentic Local Food Experience

At Bistro L'Orygine, cooking takes on a whole new dimension. In a warm, authentic setting, Sabrina and her team showcase a cuisine of simplicity, where seasonal Quebec ingredients are the real stars of the dishes. Close collaboration with small producers in the Quebec City region guarantees unrivalled freshness and quality.

Every food item used in the kitchen, from fresh vegetables to flavorful meats, is carefully selected from trusted local suppliers.

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A market gardener supplies all their vegetables year-round, including the delicious mushrooms that add a touch of originality to many dishes. What's more, ingredients are sourced from regional producers, to name but a few: the pork is from Yamachiche, the wild boar comes from Saint-Augustin, the walnuts are harvested in Cap-Tourmente, and the fish on the pescetarian brunch menu is delivered by a small Gaspé fisherman.

This close collaboration with local producers not only guarantees the freshness and quality of ingredients but also directly supports the local economy, strengthening ties with the surrounding community.

Bistro L'Orygine: The Art of Inclusivity

What also sets Bistro L'Orygine apart is its commitment to inclusivity. With a varied range of vegan and carnivorous dishes, Sabrina ensures that there's something for everyone at her table. She even recommends combining the two menus for a surprising and deliciously creative taste experience.

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One of Bistro L'Orygine's greatest strengths lies in its ability to accommodate all dietary styles & restrictions. Whether you're vegan, gluten-free, keto or otherwise, the bistro team ensures that everyone can enjoy the culinary experience to the full. Simply mention your dietary requirements when making your reservation, and the menu can be tailored accordingly to the best of their ability.

A Complete Experience from the Bar to the Cellar: A Flavor Odyssey at Bistro L'Orygine

When it comes to drinks, Bistro L'Orygine's team of mixologists brings a touch of excellence to every meal. Cocktails at the bar, mainly made with local spirits and ingredients, add a unique touch to your visit. Even non-alcohol drinkers are pampered with specially designed pairings.

Simon Faucher, representing the La Tanière group, brings his expertise and craftsmanship to the bar, while Gabriel Saint-Pierre, in charge of the bar at L'Orygine, benefits from his mentorship. Together, they combine their expertise to create an innovative cocktail menu and non-alcoholic pairings that perfectly complement the restaurant's refined cuisine.

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Passionate and experienced sommelier William Lafortune is the creator of the original and prestigious wine pairings at Bistro L'Orygine and has been since they opened in 2018. Showcasing Canadian wines, these pairings are a perfect complement to the dishes on the menu.

Their collaboration is a testimony to Bistro L'Orygine's commitment to offering its customers a holistic and refined experience, where every aspect, from food to drink, is carefully thought out and executed with excellence.

Brunch at Bistro L'Orygine: an Absolute Must!

Bistro L'Orygine welcomes guests on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a brunch like no other. Enjoy a 3-course tasting menu featuring fresh, seasonal local produce.

Whether you're a sweet or savoury, vegetarian or carnivore, each brunch dish is designed to tantalize the taste buds and satisfy the most discerning appetites.

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Every month, the brunch menu is renewed, offering a different experience with every visit. This regular rotation ensures the constant discovery of new flavours and innovative dishes while showcasing the freshest seasonal produce.

Sunday brunch is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends or family to share a moment of relaxation and pleasure around a well-stocked table.

Enjoy an Intimate Private Room

For those looking for an even more exclusive experience, Bistro L'Orygine offers a private room that can accommodate up to 35 people and overlook the terrace. Whether for a special event, a family reunion or a celebration among friends, this room offers an intimate, refined setting for unforgettable moments.

L'Orygine Bistro: a Date With Passion And Conviviality

Bistro L'Orygine, run by the talented Sabrina Lemay, is much more than just a restaurant: it's a true gathering place where passion for good food, respect for local produce and a friendly atmosphere come together.

With its monthly 3-course brunch, its varied tasting menus tailored to all dietary preferences that change with the seasons, and its welcoming atmosphere, the restaurant offers a unique gastronomic experience to every visitor.

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Whether you're a vegan, a carnivore or simply a lover of good food, a visit to Bistro L'Orygine promises a true gustatory adventure.

Whether it's a special occasion, a gathering of friends or simply a moment of pleasure, a visit to Bistro L'Orygine promises a moment that will remain imprinted in your memories.

Article photo credits: Simon Ferland



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