A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant, and not around the neighbour's emblazoned wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of food and drinks from Restaurant Les Fougères in Chelsea.
Les Fougères stuns astute tongues with an abundantly rich menu, award winning wine list, and seasonal views of the luscious Gatineau Park. A night of roving conversation begins with Quebec foie gras ($19), accompanied by duck and Armagnac macerated prunes nestled under a canopy of duck jelly, Cabernet Franc ice syrup, homemade grilled brioches, and toasted hazelnuts. Grilled local Venison escalope ($38) escapes gastronomic mundanity by shacking up with truffled wild rice sweet potato cake and caramelized root cellar vegetables. Diners seeking a meal sans meat find sanctuary in the vegetarian midday or dinner menus, which weave meatless pasta dishes with cheeses and fresh vegetables. Finally, a swivelled glass of pinot noir ($4.75–$12.25) complements complex plates and lubricates lips to reveal secrets or suppressed eight ball incantations.
The presence of pine and local granite accents the dining room, emulating the austere elegance of the surrounding maple wood where wildlife and prop comedy gods dance among the trees. Verandah seating is available, call ahead for a reservation.
Restaurant Les Fougères received a mention from Ottawa magazine, where it was voted one of the ten Best Restaurants of 2008. Additionally, Les Fougères earned Best French Restaurant from Ottawa XPress in 2010. TripAdvisors give it a 4.5-owl-eye average, and 84 per cent of Urbanspooners recommend it.
783 Rte. 105
Chelsea, Quebec J9B 1P1Get Directions