Restaurant L’Orignal Starts A New Chapter

New menu, new design, same chalet feel.

Last week, 60 of Montreal’s top gastronomy media, as well as the restaurant’s local suppliers, were invited to experience L’Orignal (479 rue St-Alexis) after its highly anticipated “facelift” had been completed.

The L’Orignal team welcomed guests to their new chapter by introducing a new menu, design, and chef – Omar Zabuair.

Led by husband and wife, Monika Terlecki and Travis Champion, and brother (in-law), Michael Terlecki, L’Orignal is more than just a restaurant; it’s a true family affair.

In 2007, L’Orignal first opened its doors based on the mantra of bringing a “comfortable, cozy, Canadian” feel to the Old Port. Within months, the restaurant became known as a go-to spot for good food, a snug chalet-vibe, and their now-famous fresh oysters.

In fact, here’s a notable detail: L’Orignal was one of the first restaurants to have spearheaded the now extremely popular “oyster movement” by having “shuckers” on-site nightly.

So after weeks of waiting, guests indulged in a 7-course tasting menu prepared by L’Orignal’s new addition, Chef Omar Zabuair, who had worked under acclaimed chefs Stephen Leslie (Taverne On The Square, Le Sieur D’Iberville) and Dave McMillan (Liverpool House, Joe Beef, Le Vin Papillon) previous to joining the L’Orginal clan.

For this special evening, Omar highlighted L’Orignal’s local suppliers and farms. These include products provided from: Gaspor Porc, La Société L’Orignal, Terre des Bisons, Meadow Lake Farms, Sirop St. Leon, and Lirode.

Known for being avid supporters of their local suppliers, the three musketeers of L’Orignal – Travis Champion, Monika Terlecki, and Michael Terlecki – wanted to make sure their “chalet décor” remained in line with their game meat philosophy.

Trust us, you’ll get it once you go there.

After the two-hour dinner, over 150 of L’Orignal’s friends and family came by to celebrate the new look and menu (which will change daily) with complimentary drinks and canapes.

And in true L’Orignal style, the evening lasted well past midnight.

Great food and drink, amazing owners, and the perfect Fall/Winter atmosphere are all elements that continue to make us love this Old Montreal staple.

We bet you will too.



Photo Credit: Daniel Haber:

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