Petite-Patrie gets a taste of the Rhône-Alpes region of France with new bistro Coeur de Loup opening on Bélanger Street today (Thursday, August 29).
Two owners of Plateau fine dining spot Chasse-Galerie are behind it (Vianney Godbout and Carl Gaulthier), joined by two new owners, Nicolas Corneli and Hudrick Durand. Also key to the project is chef Fabrizia Rollo, who will be behind the burners. (Rollo, who made her name on Radio-Canada’s Les Chefs has popped up all over town in recent years, with her Mile End Italian counter Fabrizia, while also working on menus for downtown bar Pelicano, and Old Port bar Riva.)
Coeur de Loup will skew more casual than sister restaurant Chasse-Galerie — Godbout previously said it would be a “Québécois bouchon”, referencing classic Lyon-style bistros that are known for meaty dishes.
It looks to be a casual and approachable mid-range spot — the first menu is available, and much of it is geared towards sharing, from a classic tartare with Quebec lamb, to mustard duck heart, a wild mushroom parmentier, and oh-so-Savoy-style tartiflette. Now that Rollo is on board, some Italian influences have also been mixed in, such as spaghetti aglio olio with pepperoncini, sourdough crostini with clams, mussels, and escargot, and fritto misto with caper mayo. Quebec produce will be prioritized whenever possible.
The restaurant has been in the works since last fall — with a 50-seat dining room, it takes the place of former allergy-friendly restaurant Zéro8 on Bélanger at de la Roche. It was slated to open in spring, but alcohol permit delays held it until now — the official opening takes place next Thursday (September 5), with reservations also only available from then on, but it will be serving dinner over the long weekend.
Speaking of alcohol, by-the-glass wine and craft beers will be two of the main focuses, keeping with the accessible, bistro-style approach.
STATUS — Coeur de Loup is open at 1141 Bélanger from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.