Tremblant — Dining
Most of the restaurants have moderately priced food, and you can have lunch-type foods for supper, if you like. in the springtime, there are a number of outdoor barbecue venues at the foot of the Gondola Express in the pedestrian village. At outside grills you can get a hot dog with chips, hamburgers or grilled chicken for less than C$5. Most restaurants on the Place St. Bernard have an outdoor grill blazing on a sunny day.
Near Place St. Bernard:
The Cafe Johannsen serves soups, bagels, salads, beers, coffee and muffins. L’Oberoi (819-681-4555; $–$$) is a deli offering cheeses, pates and cold cuts, sandwiches, fresh breads and other dishes. For the town’s best coffee and a good selection of pastries, visit Au Grain de Cafe (819-681-4567; $), just off the plaza.
New in 2006-2007 is a Cajun-style bistro called Fat Mardi’s Restaurant (819-681-2439; $$–$$$). Some very authentic Louisiana cooking to warm up a winter evening.
Le Shack (819-681-4700; $–$$; below right) has a breakfast buffet and is the spot for people-watching during lunch or an after-ski beer or two.
Plus Minus Cafe (819-681-4994; $$$$),is the best restaurant in the resort. It is one of the best restaurants in Quebec. The owner, Sylvain Proulx, loves wonderful wines and has collected some of the most exclusive old bottles in Canada. He will be more than willing to suggest wines to pair with his meals in any price range.The meals include what Sylvain claims are “natural aphrodisiacs with Tantric possibilities” — perfect for lovers. Start with a delicate cheese fondue served with thin toasted bread and cloudberry marmalade. Next try the organic Norwegian salmon or the tender venison medallions decked out with cedar sprout jelly. Finish with cheese, creme brulee or seductive chocolate. This will be a meal to be savored and remembered.
The three owners of Creperie Catherine (819-681-4888; $–$$) used to cook aboard ships. Now, they offer Bretonne-style crepes with any kind of filling you could possibly dream up in a delightful indoor/outdoor building. It’s a great stop for breakfast and desserts.
Microbrasserie La Diable (819-681-4546; $–$$), serves light meals of European sausages alongside its six unique craft beers brewed on the premises. The beer comes in various strengths—don’t mistake a 4 percent Diable for an 8.5 percent Extreme Onction!
La Savoie (819-681-4573; $$) serves traditional French Alps fare in a cozy French Alpine setting. Everything on the menu is “all-you-can-eat” and prices are per person. Strictly for an elegant yet relaxed lunch and dinner. The communal dining experience is great. If you sit next to the cheese warmer, you’ll become an expert in preparing raclette.
La Grappe a Vin (819-681-4727; $$–$$$) is an intimate wine bar where you can order 40 wines by the glass and another 130 by the bottle, or choose from 43 ports and madeiras, 50 scotches and 30 imported beers. In addition, an oyster bar, wild game pates, local cheeses, fresh soups and salads are available. It’s fun apres-ski and perfect for a light dinner.
If you’re after a true feast, the high-end Restaurant U Sushi Bar (819-681-4141; $$$) in Le Westin Resort specializes in Japanese cuisine with emphasis on sushi, sashimi and maki. Windigo (819-681-7685; $$–$$$) at the Fairmont Tremblant lays out a sumptuous and tasty theme buffet Thursday through Saturday and also serves Sunday brunch.
The Pizzatéria (819-681-4522; $$) has such enticing garlicky, spicy flavors floating from its doors, you’d be hard-pressed not to stop in. Order to take out or be seen on their strategically placed outdoor deck, perfect people-watching territory.
More drop-dead pastries grace the cases at La Chouquetterie (819-681-4508; $), which translates as sugar tree. Their specialty is the cream puff, Tropez style. Queues de Castor (819-681-4678; $), also known as BeaverTails®, is a tiny take-out spot. The traditional Canadian pastry—similar to fried dough—is called a Beavertail because that’s what it looks like, and it’s sinfully yummy.
The Coco Pazzo Deli (819-681-4774; $) is an Italian gourmet deli that sells cheeses, salamis, prosciutto and many kinds of dry pastas. It’s around the corner from its restaurant, also called Coco Pazzo ($$$) where the menu includes roasted rack of lamb, spice rubbed and grilled veal chop and herb-encrusted sea bass as well as an interesting variety of pastas.
Les Artistes (819-681-4606; $–$$; right) is a traditional French bistro food. Sample offerings at the wine bar or sit on their terrace overlooking Lake Miroir. Smoked meats are a specialty in the Laurentians, and Moe’s (819-425-9821; $-$$), in nearby St. Jovite, has the best in the region.
On the hill:
For lunch, the non-smoking Grand Manitou, on top at 3,000 feet (the highest peak in the Laurentians), should satisfy most appetites. It features a meal of the day, for $7 or $10, sandwiches to order, pizza, fries and hot dogs.
Dining Legend (C$): $$$$–Entrees $30+; $$$–$20–$30; $$–$10–$20; $–less than $10