Just got back from a gastronomical whirlwind tour of Quebec City: just a few highlights for future visitors. The only disappointing food experience that we had was the very first place that we went. It was an obvious mistake – we succumb to our hungry stomachs and my SO’s penchant for pubs and stopped at the first place we saw outside our hotel. A place called D’Orsay. To me, a place that clearly survives on the one time tourist visit.
That night we had reservations at Laurie Raphael. Although I was initially put off by a mix up they made with my reservation, they got us a great table and our server was excellent. We settled in for the full ‘menu gastronomique’ with wine pairings. It was running on a junk food theme: smoked salmon ‘candy’, fennel coleslaw served in paper cups, maple cotton candy. The pièce de resistance, however, was the pogo (yes, a POGO!) filled with rare tuna. It was divine. Our server told us that the chef has a sweet tooth, and it was certainly apparent. There were 3 dessert courses! A little too much for us since we tend to prefer the savory stuff (give me a cheese plate over ice cream any day). Four hours later, we rolled out of there well fed and generally happy with the experience.
The following day we hit Le Café du Clocher Penché for brunch and had a great meal. The server recommended the staff favorite to my SO and it was great. I wished that I had ordered it! It was an English muffin topped with eggs and what was essentially chili, but truly awesome; very fresh! I had the equivalent of a croque monsieur, the hot mustard made it very yummy.
After our blowout at LR, we decide to cancel the reservations at Yuzu. The frigid and windy weather didn’t make either of us exited for raw food. Instead we hit Le Lapin Sauté. Total opposite atmosphere and food from LR, but still a good time. I wished the bunny had been a little more tender but the soup, salad and black olive tapenade made up for it. Our server was very sweet, and got a little extra tip from me for a compliment on my spoken French. Smart girl!
I have every intention of going back to Québec City soon, so any resident experts on the best places to go are asked to post. The drive from Ottawa is painless and I thought the city was great. I can reciprocate with recs from the Nation’s Capital!