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ToquéNormand Laprise is a legend in the culinary world of Montréal, a pioneer who elevated the city's dining scene with an emphasis on local and seasonal products, putting the bounty of Québec at the center of his menu. When he opened Toqué at its original location, in 1993, it also breathed some new fun into the gourmet experience. For generations, haute cuisine in Montréal was synonymous with imitations of French cuisine, and old-school French at that. Laprise brought an emphasis not only on the best of Québec's products, but also playful and unexpected flavor combinations—fruit water mixed with savory meats, rhubarb paired with foie gras. In 2004, Laprise's success meant he had outgrown his first location, and he moved to the current one in the city's Quartier International. It remains one of the city's favorite special-occasion dining destinations, for both locals and visitors.
about 5 years ago
When Normand Laprise and Christine Lamarche opened Toqué!, in 1993, they were venturing into new territory for restaurateurs in Montréal. Raised on a farm in rural Québec, Laprise had an appreciation of seasonal fresh ingredients since he was a child, but when he started his culinary career, chefs favored imports from France over local products. His farm-to-table emphasis has now become the norm, but Laprise was there long before other chefs in Montréal. His culinary creations, built on a foundation of the very best ingredients, continue to impress. In 2010, Laprise opened a more casual spot, Brasserie T!, near the Place des Arts.
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over 6 years ago
Still the reigning king of Quebec cuisine, Normand Laprise established Toqué! in 1993 with his signature approach to terroir cuisine. Laprise’s culinary style is slightly nouveau with a twist of the molecular, identifiable by the small portions, delicate touch and occasional sides of foam, but basically it’s just great Quebec ingredients served at their prime. Laprise is a magician with simple things like tomatoes (which he turns into everything from coulis to jelly) and wild picked blueberries, and he approaches protein with a deft touch. “Delicate” is his modus operandi, whether it’s pork cheek or razor clams. The flagship restaurant in Old Montreal is a grandiose environment that calls for crisp collars and polished shoes, but if you want a much more casual taste of Toqué!, check out Brasserie T! on Place des Arts.