May 11, 2018
This sophisticated Quebec gastropub specialises in tartares: raw meat and fish served in the French style. You can go old school with a steak tartare, or branch out with a salmon, tuna or bison tartare (you can have a trio of different ones if you’re indecisive). There’s also a range of (cooked) entrees including rillettes, pulled pork nachos and a great selection of classic French salads (we have always appreciated the French take on a ‘salad’). Alongside all these temptations, L’Atelier serves a range of excellent, well-crafted cocktails, both classic drinks and modern creations, like the Bloody Mutant Ninja Turtle, a potent concoction which blends Absolut Citron with sake, ponzu, Clamato, a splash of Sriracha and a twist of nori. L’Alpha blends tequila, Campari, agave nectar, lemon and raspberries, while the Yessir Miller, is a blend of Jameson’s, ginger syrup, lime and ginger beer. If you want something simpler, the Gin Atelier blends Beefeater 24 with cucumber and lime for a very refreshing sip. There’s also a well-composed list of wines and beers and the space, with its dangling lightbulbs, is stylish and airy, a great spot in which to unwind.