In the charming Westboro Village of Ottawa, there lies a gem that offers not just food but an experience – Quelque Chose Boutique featuring pastries, coffee, tea, milkshakes, sandwiches, salads, and renowned for their macarons. This establishment, born from the shared passion of a dynamic duo – a pastry chef and a mechanical engineer turned pastry shop owners – serves as a bridge between the quaint streets of Paris and the bustling vibes of Ottawa.
Quelque Chose’s story is as rich as its menu. The inspiration behind its inception was a shared dream between a husband and wife team. The wife, initially a nutritionist and dietitian, pursued her culinary passion at Ferrandi Paris, gaining experience in renowned pastry shops, including Pierre Herme Paris. Her husband, an engineer with a zest for the food industry, joined her in realizing their dream in Ottawa, bringing a slice of Paris to Canada.
The name ‘Quelque Chose,’ conceived in a light-hearted conversation, reflects the boutique’s essence. It symbolizes the couple’s journey and their commitment to bringing something unique to Ottawa’s culinary scene, particularly their specialty – macarons.
Quelque Chose stands out with its relaxed yet classy décor, adorned with art that complements its elegant offerings. The atmosphere is a perfect blend of sophistication and warmth, inviting patrons from all walks of life to indulge in a tranquil culinary retreat.
While renowned for its over 22 flavors of macarons, Quelque Chose is more than a pastry shop. It offers an array of delights, including scones in flavors like blueberry, and cheddar bacon, crepes, exquisite coffee, sandwiches, and salads. The vibe is fancy yet welcoming, encapsulating a relaxed dining experience. Their delicious milkshakes that are accompanied by a macaron are a must-try! ($6.00 to $10.25 dependent on size and flavour).
The “Classic Afternoon Tea” ($46) at Quelque Chose is a delightful journey through a symphony of flavors and textures, designed to whisk you away into a realm of culinary bliss. (Featured in the above picture is the “Classic Afternoon Tea” x2 with everything included except for the two additional mimosas).
This elegantly crafted menu option starts with an assortment of four tea sandwiches, each offering a unique and savory experience that balances traditional tastes with modern flair.
Continuing this delicious voyage, you are treated to a freshly baked scone and a buttery, flaky croissant, perfect for pairing with the accompanying jam and rich crème fraîche. These classic pastries serve as a heartwarming reminder of the timeless elegance of afternoon tea.
Adding a touch of sweetness and seasonal variety, the menu includes two beautifully crafted seasonal desserts. These desserts are thoughtfully chosen to complement the array of flavours in your tea experience.
The tea service is further enhanced with three exquisite macarons, each a small bite of heaven. These macarons, known for their delicate crispness and creamy filling, add a sophisticated and colorful touch to your tea tray. Featured here, starting with the chocolate dipped macaron and going clockwise around the crown of the platter the Brownie, Caramel London Fog, Lemon Poppy Seed, Raspberry & Dark Chocolate, Salted Caramel, and last but not least, the Pistachio macaron.
Lastly, the experience is not complete without a pot of tea, selected from a range of high-quality options. Featured above is the organic “Kusmi Tea – Aqua Rose.” This exceptional blend, a harmonious fusion of hibiscus, berries, and herbs, offers a refreshing and aromatic cup that dances with flavors.
The organic nature of the tea ensures a pure, untainted savor, while the delicate notes of berries and herbs intertwine with the boldness of hibiscus, creating a sensory delight. This carefully selected tea is not just a beverage, but a crucial part of the experience, chosen for its ability to beautifully complement the array of delicacies and elevate your time at Quelque Chose to a memorable tea indulgence. (You can purchase a tin in various flavours of Kusmi Tea for $25 inside this pastry shop).
The delightful world of Quelque Chose’s macarons ($2.67 each), where every macaron is gluten-free! Crafted with the finest almond powder, offering a delicate crunch that blossoms into a silky, melt-in-your-mouth experience. The “Salted Caramel” macaron a favourite among patrons, is a harmonious blend of sweet caramel with a hint of saltiness that dances on your palate. Each of the macarons is a testament to their commitment to quality, with dairy-free options available to cater to all preferences.
Understanding the diverse needs of its customers, Quelque Chose offers gluten-free and vegetarian options, ensuring that everyone finds something to enjoy. Moreover, the boutique makes its offerings accessible through delivery services like Uber Eats, Skip, and DoorDash, and provides catering services for various events.
With a seating capacity of 30 inside and a rooftop patio accommodating an additional 30 patrons during the summer months, Quelque Chose is a haven for those seeking a unique dining experience. The establishment is wheelchair accessible and offers free WiFi, cash, credit, debit, and ApplePay payment options, and services in English, French, and Spanish.
Quelque Chose is more than just a restaurant; it’s an experience. It’s a place where every bite takes you on a journey, where the ambiance wraps you in warmth, and where every visit leaves you with a desire to return. So, if you find yourself in Ottawa, take a detour to Westboro Village. Step into Quelque Chose, and let yourself be transported to the heart of Paris, one delightful bite at a time.
Address of Restaurant: 379 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K2A 0E7
Parking: Street Parking (free for 90mins), and paid parking lot across the street.
Closest Cross Streets: Richmond Rd. and Winston Ave.
Phone Number: 613-728-4562
Website Address: https://quelque-chose.ca/
Reservation Link: https://quelque-chose.ca/pages/opentable (Reservations required for “High Tea”. Walk-ins welcome for everything else)
Email of restaurant: email@example.com
Name of Owner: David
Opening Date: April 2017
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-closed.
Uber Eats: https://www.ubereats.com/ca/store/quelque-chose-macaron-boutique/Xnpm735AQ9Sp2rfNt0PZ2w?diningMode=PICKUP&pl=JTdCJTIyYWRkcmVzcyUyMiUzQSUyMlF1ZWxxdWUlMjBDaG9zZSUyME1hY2Fyb24lMjBCb3V0aXF1ZSUyMiUyQyUyMnJlZmVyZW5jZSUyMiUzQSUyMmQ5ZTYwZjAzLTc2MzYtY2MyMC0yMWFmLWJlYTUzNDEwNTAyZSUyMiUyQyUyMnJlZmVyZW5jZVR5cGUlMjIlM0ElMjJ1YmVyX3BsYWNlcyUyMiUyQyUyMmxhdGl0dWRlJTIyJTNBNDUuMzkxMjglMkMlMjJsb25naXR1ZGUlMjIlM0EtNzUuNzU1NjUlN0Q%3D&ps=1&utm_campaign=place-action-link&utm_medium=organic&utm_source=google