Where to Find Real Poutine and Canadian Cocktails in L.A.
Good news for Canucks living in L.A.: Later this month, Luc Alarie will finally open his French Canadian restaurant P'tit Soleil.
The focus, of course, will be on Québécois cuisine, including regional specialties from the chef's childhood like Roule de Choux (French-Canadian style egg roll, filled with cabbage, veal and pork) and Crevette Heather (tiger shrimp in a cognac cream sauce). But the real thrill for many Angelenos will be the poutine, a quintessentially Québécois dish comprised of French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and gravy. Alarie will be doing several fusion-y riffs on the traditional version, including Poutine du Prince Edward (topped with mussels au gratin), Poutine Marat (served with sliced filet mignon, mushrooms and a Cognac cream sauce) and the Poutine Malik (piled with Merguez sausage and a creamy Harissa sauce) and Poutine Val (topped with a fried egg, served at brunch). Smart move considering the cult-like following of Animal's oxtail and cheddar poutine.
P'tit Soleil will also have a Canadian-focused cocktail menu as well as a few beers imported from the mother land: Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis (an Abbey-style brown ale) and Peche Mortel (an Imperial Coffee Stout), and Dominus Vobiscum Double IPA. For dessert, Alarie will draw inspiration from Vachon, which from what we can gather is basically a classy, Frenchified version of Hostess.
The restaurant will be located next door to Soleil, which Alarie has run for 10 years. Stay tuned for official opening dates.