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Trip Report: Ville de Quebec / Quebec City

ekim256 | Jun 10, 2015 04:20 AM

Salut! I thought I'd provide a trip report since Chowhound really helped with last minute / on the fly research. Been awhile since I've posted :). here's the quick 'n' dirty synopsis:

1. Le Moine Echanson - a bit disappointing. We enjoyed the charcuterie board, however not so much the snail salad. We also had mackerel which wasn't bad, but not memorable. Not a strong start :\

2. For breakfast, we grabbed a quick bite and an excellent coffee at Renard et la Chouette. Also grabbed one of their bacon & herb scones to go which was a rich and yummy snack while wandering.

3. Lapin Saute - note that their lunch menu starts at 2PM, if you want the rabbit pie. Bunny pie & charcuterie board were excellent - great pate. A tasty way to try bunny done many different ways :-)

4. Dinner was at La Gueule de Bois. Fantastic service! Sweetbreads & mushroom gnocchi were wonderfully seared and the lobster claw was perfect. Beet salad was perfect too. We had chocolate fondant after, which left everyone extremely satisfied.

5. Headed to Le Hobbit for brunch. Was sad that the croque matin wasn't available anymore. It wasn't my favourite brunch, but I will say that my friend's Eggs Benny with ham & lemon butter on top of grilled brioche (the special) was pretty great. I had an egg on top of thyme bread pudding - but preferred the eggs benedict.

6. Had a dessert and a savoury crepe at Le Billig. They were quite nice, although for some reason the server seemed really angry at the end of the meal (I don't think it was personal as we were pretty quiet and patient in the corner). We ordered the duck confit crepe and a dark chocolate crepe - both to share. It was a bit awkward when both came out at once, but no big deal.

7. L'affaire est ketchup - fantastic service and food! We got a table upon walking in for a late dinner. Had porcelet with snails & mussels, asparagus, as well as sea urchin.

8. Marche du Vieux Port - nice for flowers and veggies, a bit small. If you like ice wine, you might enjoy the ice apple wine (too sweet for me).

9. La boite a pain - went to grab a quick sandwich to share on the road. Ended up getting a raspberry & almond pastry, chocolate brioche, chocolate croissant, a baguette with duck terrine with blueberry compote as well as another with mushroom pate and bell peppers. Sandwiches were great.

Overall, we enjoyed some good food while wandering the city. Highlights were La Guele de Bois, L'affaire est ketchup, as well as la boite a pain. Also lapin saute, but if I were to return I may not be inclined to run back (but I'd recommend it to others!).

I'll be full for a week. :) Actually, I hope not because after Saguenay and La Mauracie our next stop is Montreal!

Merci!

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