La Buche (meaning ‘the log’) is, for me, another of the most memorable restaurants in old city Québec, offering a fantastic and fun dinner of local Québécois cuisine.
The space: La Buche’s interior is reminiscent of a sugar house log cabin. Yes, lumber is the key component here, including the furniture from finished wood tables and picnic tables to the exposed wood railings and restroom walls/doors; which are graffitied with messages or names patrons had written in a variety of colored markers. All of this surrounded by snow shoes, toboggans, and wolf and fox furs hanging on plank wood walls. The waitstaff’s attire is also inspired by the lumberjack trade. There is no doubt this place was oozing a Canadian maple sugar house.
The food: The menu celebrates traditional foods one would encounter in a Québécois sugar house (where maple syrup is made). The cuisine is made with quality and, of course, local ingredients. Pictured: Québec’s classic Tourtiere (Meat Pie) local venison, pork, and beef; and Pouding du Chômeur (Poorman’s Pudding), a fluffy cake soaked and smothered in house-made maple syrup, topped with vanilla ice cream. Our lumberjack waiter placed the dessert in the table, then proceeded to spoon chopped bacon all over it! Wow! He informed us they encourage bacon on everything, and after tasting that dessert, I completely get it. Yum!
- La Buche – 49 Rue Saint Louis, Québec