Through Toqué!, Normand Laprise and Christine Lamarche aimed to create a restaurant based on market-fresh cuisine where the emphasis is placed on local products. In 1993, they took the gamble that led them to becoming both chefs and owners of a gastronomic restaurant, in a city that was then in full recession. They have risen to the challenge by building strong relationships with producers which allow them to provide their customers with the lasting quality of local expertise.
The first Toqué! was on St-Denis street and had 10 employees for a dining room that could accommodate 55 guests. After many renovations and refurbishments, the two partners agreed that the building no longer met their needs. In 2004,Toqué! moved to the heart of the Quartier international, where they would create a custom kitchen for their creative and visionary project.
A leader in Quebec’s gastronomy, the restaurant quickly became a learning center for young cooks. Encouraging research as well as the development of new approaches through a menu that changes daily according to availability, the kitchen has become quite the laboratory!