Chez Boulay Bistro

1110, rue Saint-Jean Québec, Québec G1R 1S4
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Quebec City

Northern cuisine inspired by the local boreal climate

At Chez Boulay Bistro Boreal, their mission is to create authentic northern food by sourcing boreal climate products from local producers. For example, you will not find olive oil or lemons in their creations.


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Meet the Chef

Arnaud Marchand

I'm originally from France, but my first memory of maple was eating taffy on snow at a sugar shack.                        

I love how versatile maple is. It can be used in both savoury and sweet dishes. Its flavour is unique and produces fascinating results when combined with spices. Maple syrup and peppery green alder is an extraordinary combination! Maple harmonizes just as well with braised meats as it does with pickled or cooked fruit.

What does maple mean to me? The end of winter and the most delicious dishes.

An interesting fact: I prepared a sugar shack menu for Marché du Vieux-Port, but I missed out the baked beans. The retailers were not shy in letting me know what they thought! They all wanted to give me a cooking class and to share their baked beans recipe with me.

I love Quebec, its people and the wealth of great food available. I feel privileged to be able to live here.


After 10 years working in fine-dining restaurants in France, Arnaud Marchand moved to Quebec City. The Quebec restaurants he worked at included Initiale and Bonne Entente.

His participation in the TV show Les Chefs made him a household name. Arnaud reached the final of the show and finished in second place. That's also where he met Chef Jean-Luc Boulay, who is a judge on the show. They have worked together at Chez Boulay Bistro now for three years.