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“Foie Gras Capital of Canada” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Etape Gourmande - CLOSED

L'Etape Gourmande
Restaurant details
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Foie Gras Capital of Canada”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2012

Every year for the last 5 or so my wife, daughter, friends and I make the trip to this restaurant during our week long holiday in Quebec's Laurentians.

From the outside, you would not be impressed and most likely would not expect to see the quality of food and personal service provided at this 15 table restaurant. It sits @ 1400 Rue Ste. Adele which is really old Hwy#117 on the scenic route from Montreal up to Mont Tremblant and places North. Poorly signed and hidden by tree brances when approaching from the North.... this site can easily be missed. Parking is available (at night) from the adjoining closed medical building.

Once seated , however, your experience begins. Two distinct menus are offered... A three course Duck feast ( 2 foie gras otions - pan fried or cold terrine) Margaret Duck Breast reduced in Rhone Wine and , GUESS WHAT... MORE FOIE GRAS, and a dessert of 3 chocolats with caramel sauce @ $42.00 8 plus a $11.00 supplement for the pan fried vs cold foie gras; or a Table D' Hote Menu with Beef Steak, Seafood, Lamb,Pork... but you go to this restaurant for the Pan Seared Foie Gras.... It is just "drop dead" good.

Appetizers include home Smoked Salmon, Escargots, Scallops, Lobster Bisque etc....for those not into the duck delight.

Main course include Shrimp or Scallops ( Lobster in season), Pork Tenderloin, Lamb Medallios, Mushroom Risotto .... Most having some connection to a foie gras sauce!!! BUT....FOR THOSE "HEALTHY FOLKS"... MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE... Sweetbreads and Pan Fried Foie Gras in a Cassis (Red Currant) Sauce. You literally can hear/feel your arteries block as you eat this dish... BUT YOU CANNOT STOP YOURSELF.

The wine list is pretty good...Most decent French wines run $56+ . The chef, Denis Genero, originates from St. Tropez in France and has won many international awards locally as well as during his training in Europe and Montreal. He is a Foie Gras Ambassador to Canada and has worked with Cardiac Units in Montreal to study the health risques of Foie Gras in our once and awhile diet choices. He also makes home made NUGAT candy for after meal free treat...... as if we needed it ... ha/ha.

As long as foie gras remains obtainable in that region, I will continue to make my annual trip to this restaurant. In Ottawa, Peta and other animal protection groups are picketing restaurants to curtail the sale of foie gras. So far this restaurant remains the best source for foi gras in the driveable vicinity.

Give me MORE!

Garnett, Ottawa, Canada

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank GarnettOttawa_Canada
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English first
New jersey
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165 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Fabulous fois gras”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2011

I specifically went here to have their Fois gras. The chef makes his own and it was as good as I have ever had. The presentation included one nice 1 inch thick disc of traditonal Fois gras torchon (means towel in French, because they traditionally rolled the prepared fois gras in a kitchen towel to squeeze moisture fro it, and to create the log). It also included another disc that had a center of mango chutney. Spread on toast points, it was truly amazing. Our table d'hote menu also had exceelent main courses and dessert, but the fois gras stole the show.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jerseyguy314
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Morin Heights, Canada
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Fois gras to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2011

This place is a find! First, your eyes make you pause to enjoy the colorful, appetizing arrangement before letting your taste buds confirm the aromas. No doubt, owner Chef Denis Genero takes special care with every plate that leaves his kitchen. My wife and I have been several times and can say without hesitation that it doesn't matter which dishes you decide upon, you won't be disappointed.
But, if you are a lover of Fois Gras...Dis Da Place!!

  • Visited February 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank 4puttee
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