Ah, Le Tier Temps. It was a little bit of a trek to get to you. It isn’t necessarily out of the way in the grand scheme of things, but it was a rather interesting walk from our hotel in Old Quebec. We walked away from the familiar sights, up and down some hills, past graffiti-tagged highway overpasses and through a section of town that was not frequented by tourists. It was pouring rain as we walked along and I kept checking Google Maps on my phone to make sure we hadn’t taken a wrong turn. At one point, Justin even asked, “Where are you taking me?” Finally, we reached Le Tier Temps, and the journey there was completely worthwhile. And as an added bonus, our walk took us through some interesting sections of town that we otherwise may not have seen at all.
Le Tier Temps is a part of the Médusa Arts Centre, a local cooperative of producers and artists dedicated to culture, the arts, and community outreach. The restaurant is on the second level of Médusa’s building and projects a very hip vibe, featuring art suspended from the ceiling and hanging from the walls. The design is very open-concept; our table was right beside the staircase and I could look over the edge straight down to the floor below from my seat!
Le Tier Temps is not a strictly vegetarian or vegan restaurant; however, they do serve a mix of healthier meal options with an emphasis on fresh, whole foods. They do serve vegetarian, vegan, and raw dishes. You can also find coffee, tea, fresh juices, smoothies, wine, and microbrewed beer here.
The menus are completely in French. However, our server spoke perfect English and she was able to translate everything and describe the meals for us. Based on her descriptions and our personal tastes, I ordered the “Tao” tofu and vegetable stir fry and Justin ordered the Portobello burger. For an extra $2, you could add their special “juice of the day” to your meal. When I heard that it was watermelon juice, I knew that I had to try it.
The juice was very refreshing and tasted exactly like a liquified form of watermelon! Not too surprising, as that’s exactly what it was! I really enjoyed it and drank it really quickly as I couldn’t stop myself. The glass of juice was on the small side, but it was still a great deal for $2.
Our server brought us some complimentary hummus and bread. Any place that offers a free sampling of hummus is awesome in my books! We each got a side salad with balsamic vinaigrette. There were so many delicious veggies in this tasty salad – it was not just your typical mix of salad greens with the odd cucumber or cherry tomato! There were sprouts, radishes, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, and all kinds of goodness in there!
After we devoured our salads and hummus, we were ready for the main courses. The food arrived to our table very quickly and with a smile. Our server checked on us repeatedly to ensure that we were enjoying our food throughout our stay.
Everything was so good. I don’t know how they managed to get the tofu so crispy and delicious, but they did. The fried bits of cauliflower in amongst the other vegetables were such a nice addition. The sauce was seasoned perfectly, too. Justin loved his portobello mushroom burger, and he had no idea it would come with such a side salad with grilled vegetables – he ended up having two salads in one meal! Very healthy!
Quebec City isn’t exactly known for its vegetarian cuisine; in fact, it’s pretty difficult to find vegan or veggie food in general. Even the most basic dishes in many restaurants can have meat in them! It is no surprise that Le Tier Temps, being a part of an arts co-op, features several vegetarian options on their menu. As we tend to research our trips ahead of time, including some of our restaurant choices, we were really happy that we found Le Tier Temps. This would be a great place to bring your friends who aren’t vegetarian as there is something on the menu that everyone would enjoy, and you could probably even convince them to try a vegetarian meal while you’re at it. If you’re in Quebec City, go for a little walk off the beaten path, take in the city sights, and make your way to Le Tier Temps for a tasty meal.
Le Tier Temps
595 Rue de St-Vallier E
Quebec City, Quebec
Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00-4:00pm
Thursday – Saturday 9:00-11:00pm (closed between 2:00-5:00pm)