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Quebec City - Bistro B par Francois Blais, any early feedback

It's been open for about two weeks now. I haven't been yet, but a friend of mine went. For the moment, there is only an à la carte menu and it's not open for lunch. She said it was good, though a bit pricey, and she suggested that we may wait a few weeks until they get their full-speed pace. The wine list was deceiving, she said, really short, but it's supposed to expand.

I guess we'll have to try for ourselves.

Aug 15, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

quebec city 3 nights Eating Schedule

Please forget about Le Hobbit. I know chowhounders like to rave about it, but it's no good. Cheap, flavorless with a less than ok service. Le Moine Échanson, as suggested, is a far better choice.

For pastries, Paillard is quite good, but you have to try le Paingrüel (on rue Saint-Jean, outside the walls, about a 10-minute walk from your hotel). They make a wonderful banana chocolate croissant. Be careful, it's closed on Sundays and Mondays (unfortunately).

Aug 15, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Apollo restaurant changes

@jptimbaud

Can you explain why? It seems a bit harsh if you don't give us details as to what you hated so much.

Aug 03, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Croissant Crisis in Quebec City

It may be a good thing Le Palet d'or was closed. Their pastries may have been good, but they had probably one of the worst croissants of all downtown. Sorry to be that harsh, but I'm a croissant fanatic and couldn't get over how bad they were.

Sure, Paillard has great pastries and breads, but it's not that "local" (meaning you'll mostly find tourists and not locals, although it's still a great place for pastries downtown). However, their macarons are really worth it.

I personally am a die-hard of Paingrüel, still on rue Saint-Jean, but outside the walls. They make the best chocolatines (chocolate croissants) of all the city, and the ones with a whole banana baked inside are just out of this world.

Jul 16, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Apollo restaurant changes

I went to the Apollo Concept (the BYOB on St-Laurent) about two months ago. The menu changes daily, based on what's available at the market. The menu is pretty versatile, from French-inspired food to a bit Asian-fusion, but always well executed. Complex flavors in simple dishes, I would describe it. They ditched the "variations" concept and went for the classic appetizer-entrée-dessert. They also offer a 5-course tasting menu, for about $55-60 per person, if I remember well.

I hope I answered all your questions!

Jul 16, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to get the best Steak Frites in Quebec City, moderate price.

I wasn't going to start a debate on that. Just so you know, you're supposed to compare things that are on a similar level (and maybe in the same continent, when possible...! So everyone can join in). It's not a valid argument to say that just because I haven't tried this specific restaurant in Paris that I can't say if a steak-frites is good or not. I just said that the Entrecôte St-Jean is not as bad as you made it sound. Certainly not the best in the city, I can agree with you on that. But I've had worse than that, a lot worse.

Jul 01, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to get the best Steak Frites in Quebec City, moderate price.

The Entrecôte Saint-Jean is not remotely as bad as finefoodie55 makes it sound, at least in Québec. It's an affordable steak, not the best, but far from being the worst. The homemade sauce, a "secret" recipe, is quite nice. The fries don't hold to up to expectations, though.

Cherylmtl's suggestion is your best bet, IMO.

Jul 01, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Need assistance for some dining spots in Quebec City for an upscale (seriously!) bachelorette weekend in August

Here are my suggestions:

1-You'll find everything you're looking for on Grande Allée, that's where the nightlife is and terraces are (and it's within walking distance of your hotel). For the food, you'll find really nice traditional Italian appetizers and drinks at the Savini. The Voodoo Grill also has great food and drinks, and so does the Cosmos. Depends on what you like. If you're into microbrews, you can try Inox (though not the best choice of appetizers, mostly European hotdogs and chips). You can also just walk along the Grande Allée and decide on the spot, all terraces open on the street.

2- Hands down, the best marketplace is the Marché du Vieux-Port (about a 6 min walk from your hotel). Bonus point: it's located along the water, so there's quite a view. There, you will find fresh produce, cheeses, Québec specialties, and such. Some alcohol is also available there, but if you want more choice, I suggest you go before to the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) on Charest Street (within walking distance of the Marché). This SAQ has a very good selection of wines from all around the world.

3- Bistro : either the Toast! or the SSS (Simple Snack Sympathique) are close to your hotel. Or you can also go uptown (see other Quebec posts for amazing suggestions). The Hobbit, on Saint-Jean Street, is very nice and matches your "neighborhood bistro/hole-in-wall" description.

4- A very nice celebration spot would be the Laurie Raphaël, one of my all-time favourite in the city. The Chef Chef Menu is only $50, a steal for such a cuisine. I'm not sure though you'll find it has enough atmosphere for what you wish, altough it's not a "stuffy white tablecloth-type" of restaurant. You can also try the Il Matto, a classic Italian restaurant with great food, great vibe and prices really reasonable. Pratically at your hotel's doorsteps. The owner is the son of a famous Italian restauranteur in Québec and took his mamma's recipes and serves them in a lounge-style atmosphere.

5- The Panache, in the Auberge Saint-Antoine, serves standard brunches with Quebec twists. Bonus: the setting is just amazing. No surprise it's one of the best tables in the city. About 3min from your hotel. If you wanna walk a little (say, 15-20 minutes?), I'd suggest the Clocher Penché, on Saint-Joseph Street. Trust me, it's worth the walk. Kind of "reinvented brunches", but nothing too fancy, has a bistro feeling to it. But be sure to make a reservation; it fills up very very quickly.

I hope you'll enjoy you stay, and congrats to your sister!

Jun 27, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Finalizing dining plans for a trip to Quebec City in July

For your dinner reservation, I personally recommend the Café du Clocher Penché, a bit more upscale with a menu far more original than the other two.

For the night of your arrival, I think your best bet is the Panache. The Patriache tends to be more crowded, so is the Saint-Amour (and this one is a bit on the small side). I don't know about the Bistro du Cap, though.

Lunch is not a very big thing in Québec, even during the Summer Festival (but don't expect empty dining rooms, this won't happen; it's just not as big as dinner). We usually go out for dinner. You don't have to be lucky to get a table. My advice: just avoid streets like Cartier and Boulevard Laurier; the business lunch is very popular there and Thursdays and Fridays tend to be full at noon (but OK if you want to eat at 1pm).

Have a nice trip!

Jun 27, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quebec City Restaurant options.. did I make the right choice?

I think you have made at least 2 great choices. Le Saint-Amour is one of the best tables in the city, and the Continental has a lot of French vintage charm. However, I wonder why you would choose a steakhouse, unless you are a big steak fan. Le Charbon is great, but a good steakhouse can be found almost everywhere.

IMO, if you want to try the Quebec experience to the fullest, I highly recommend the Panache at the Auberge Saint-Antoine. Probably the second best table, ex aequo with the Saint-Amour.
http://www.saint-antoine.com/

Also, if you wanna try something seasonal and a bit adventurous (but not too much), the Laurie Raphaël is a must. If I were you, I'd ditch the Continental for this one (but this is my personal choice). The chef, Daniel Vézina, is not only a star, but has been one of the precursor of modern Quebec cuisine.

Have a nice trip!

Jun 22, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for upscale, romantic in Quebec City...But NOT French

For Italian food, I personally prefer Il Matto, owned by the son of Michelangelo's owner. Still romantic, but less "stuffy", in a more relax yet upscale and romantic atmosphere. The menu, though a bit on the short side, still has enough choice to satisfy anyone and is based on the owner's mamma's recipes. I'm a fan of the agnelotti and the cannolis are probably the best in the city. http://www.ilmatto.ca/ (there is a location downtown near the port, in the old city

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For the rest, I think you got great advice from fellow chowhounders. Have a nice trip!

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Matto
850 Av Myrand, Quebec, QC G1V2V5, CA

May 12, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Late Dinner in Quebec city

It may be an issue in some neighborhoods. We do not dine late here, and a lot of restaurant kitchens close at 11 pm. If you stay downtown (near the old city, either near the port or uptown around the walls) or in Sainte-Foy (what may be called somehow the financial district), you will be able to eat at 10 pm in most restaurants. But you may experience some quizzical looks (just so you know) if you want more than an appetizer of coffee and dessert.

Have a nice stay!

Mar 29, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Samurai in Québec City: new location?

The Samurai Restaurant on rue Saint-Jean has been closed for some time now, and I heard from their neighbour (the owner of the Jupon pressé) that the restaurant had not closed, it will just move to rue Cartier, but that's all the information she had (no date, no precise location). I have not seen anything on Cartier... Has anyone heard anything about this?

Mar 21, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to buy Boudin, Quebec City

I highly recommend the Boucherie W.E. Bégin, on rue Saint-Jean (about an 8-minute walk from the Porte St-Jean, or what you call the Walls).

http://boucheriewebegin.com/

(As for within the walls, there is no butcher, and only small markets closer to convenient stores, sorry.)

Mar 21, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quebec City : Quebec exquis festival

I booked the Laurie Raphaël tomorrow (Tuesday), Panache Thursday and Saint-Amour Saturday, all for dinner. We had to make a selection and went for producers who seemed interesting and chefs we admire, though I would have loved to go to the Canard Goulu and the Toast as well.

I'm curious to hear your comments!

Mar 21, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

food tour quebec city

Since there is no detailed description, it's hard to judge. But since I live in that area (Faubourg St-Jean-Baptiste), I can tell you that you're better off walking by yourself and discovering everything on your own (everything is within walking distance). Cheryl is right, almost everyone here speaks English (or they will find someone who does) and you'll get a more authentic experience by relying on your instinct. I'm pretty sure the tour will stop at some tourist traps such as the Maison/musée de l'érable... it'll be a shame to lose your 33 $ bucks there, in my opinion.

Mar 07, 2011
Jesuissnob in Quebec (inc. Montreal)