1. Wednesday Nights at Signatures, Le Cordon Bleu
For those keen on dinner at Le Cordon Bleu’s famed Signatures Restaurant helmed by chef Yannick Anton, but less keen on the price tag, consider the Anton Wednesday-night meal deal. Four-course prix fixe, complete with a remarkably drinkable bottle of wine. $110 for two.
453 Laurier Ave. E., 613-236-2499
2. Thursday Nights at Village House
It’s a pretty rare deal — three courses for 30 bucks — and though these are listed as small plates, we find they add up to a deliciously filling dinner. From the very effective team of chef Michael Houle and front-of-house charmer Sarah Swan, Thursday nights in Wakefield’s Village House are affordable pleasures. $60 for two.
759, ch. Riverside, Wakefield, 819-459-1445.
3. Table d’hôte de midi at Le Tartuffe
Le Tartuffe may be the last of a dying breed of formal French restaurants in the region. There’s something to be said for tradition, though. One is the table d’hôte, even at noontime. Why not? Order three courses (always varying) that balance together well. “We try to be as simple as possible,” owner/chef Gérard Fischer says. “But that doesn’t mean we’re not innovative.” For instance, instead of the usual bone-in fish soup, his superb Provençal-inspired bouillabaisse is based on good fish broth in which fillets, scallops, and shrimp are poached. Meanwhile, Fischer’s crème brûlée is brightened with red raspberries. Why not, indeed? $15–$25.
133, rue, Notre-Dame-de-l’Île, Gatineau (Hull sector),819-776-6424.