We went to L'echaude last evening in Quebec City after reading such positive reviews overall--my husband, my son and myself. Of course, when you don't know a city, you take risks with restaurants. This is a recap of our experience. I ordered the tomato-goat cheese tart as my first course, and this was good but not spectacular. For my entree, I had the fish-muscles-lobster court boullion, which was fresh but the stock truly lacked flavor (I ended up adding a air bit of salt to help it). My husband liked his steak tartar appetizer, but the steak frites came with the smallest steak we'd ever seen--my pre-teen son ordered this too and was still hungry after he finished and wanted what my husband had not yet eaten of his. The frites were tasty but rather greasy and soggy. The music was more problematic than the food, and from my husband, I quote: "At the end of the dinner, a pseudo hip, pseudo slow jazz version of the Violent Femmes Blister in the Sun almost caused me to lose my entire meal." Fortunately, we left before this occurred. Overall, this meal was not worth the $200+ we spent on it. I think we'll cut our losses and try and inexpensive creperie this evening.
73 Rue Du Sault-Au-Matelot, Quebec, QC G1K3Y9, CA