Listening to live music while enjoying dinner adds flair to what is otherwise monotonous daily activity, just like brushing your teeth with hot sauce makes a terrific second morning alarm. Spicy up everyday dining with today's Groupon to Ferme Rouge in Gatineau, Quebec. Choose between two options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of upscale mixed-grill fare on Sunday and Wednesday–Friday.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of upscale mixed-grill fare on Saturday.
Ferme Rouge lavishes guests with a rich selection of fine meats and seafood while multifarious servers regale the audience with live singing and choreographed dancing. As an opening chorus disseminates through the 525-seat dinner palace, patrons can enlighten their palates with an ambrosial ocean tour at the extravagant seafood buffet ($34), teeming with more than 25 underwater delicacies, a full sushi bar, and singing lobsters. Carnivores can also decorate their bibs in the lusciousness of their favourite proteins, such as a 14-ounce rib-eye flanked by a baked potato and a house vegetable medley ($27), or a generous chicken-teriyaki platter ($17). Ferme Rouge's entertainment team flourishes its flashy programs at 7 p.m. Sundays–Fridays and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays with rock 'n' roll performances and Michael Jackson tribute shows that stave off postdinner slumber and inspire Thriller flash mobs. After the dance troupe retires, a contemporary soundtrack entices parties to convert edibles to energy on the dance floor for the remainder of the evening.
In the early 1900s, a small dairy farm occupied the land where the award-winning cabaret-restaurant Ferme Rouge now stands—but the mooing of cows has long since given way to the vibrato of singers and the smooth notes of saxophonist Jason Scott. Today the lively tunes of Las Vegas–style musical revues pay homage to the likes of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, and performers such as Boom Desjardins and Marie-Chantal Toupin have taken the stage for stunning solo performances. Before or while watching the troubadours, guests feast on à la carte entrees ranging from filet mignon and new york strip steak to lobster and Atlantic salmon. These dishes balance on the arms of waiters who double as performers in the shows, which often boast a cast of 20 on Saturday. Diners can also serve themselves at a buffet that tempts tongues with more than 25 varieties of seafood, taking a bit of everything instead of consulting their magic 8 ball to decide on just one entree.
Rivalling the seafood buffet and stage for guests’ attention, a 1/2-scale replica of Columbus’s Santa Maria docks beneath the chandeliers of the cabaret’s maroon-walled and wood-panelled dining room. Commissioned from Seville to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s journey, the ship sprawls into the second floor and attic and is functional enough to sail across Poseidon’s bathtub if given the chance.