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Tremblant / Quintessence follow-up

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Tremblant / Quintessence follow-up

Boswell | Aug 12, 2005 11:35 AM

Back from my long weekend at Tremblant. Perfect weather, and Quintessence lived up to my expectations. What an idyllic place, with impeccable, friendly, caring service. I hated to leave.

As for food, I'm afraid I have to agree with AndrewG that Tremblant is a bit of a wasteland. I must have checked out every menu in the pedestrian village, and overall I found them boring or overpriced or both. But the dining we did was quite successful, if a bit heavy on the meat (I found myself longing for a simple piece of fish after a while).

Plus Minus Cafe in the village: A la carte is expensive, but they have a 2-course prix fixe for $25 that we found reasonable, and well-prepared if unmemorable.

Dinner at Q: Excellent. A quail appetizer was sensational, and duck in chocolate/chili sauce was first-rate. Wine list was quite expensive, but I found a Madiran that made me very happy.

Edelweiss: Thanks for the rec, JimW...well worth the drive to Val David. I'd go back for the wine list alone, but the food was great too. Good service, convivial atmosphere.

La Ripaille in St Jovite: Very pleasant dinner on their homey front porch. Straightforward French cooking, nice Quebecois desserts. Very friendly place.

Le Bernardin in old Tremblant village: This was our one misstep, and unfortunately it was our farewell dinner on our last night. The lively terrace and all-francophone crowd attracted us, but the food was a disappointment. I had a veal chop, my friend had duck breast, both woefully overcooked (even though I asked for my chop "rosé"). The manager told me, "But we don't cook it that way, we always make it well-done!" Well that's an interesting restaurant policy...in other words, "We insist on ruining our veal chops!"

I hope to be back next summer...I keep looking at my pictures of the infinity pool at Q, wishing I were still there!

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