This little out of the way bistro is a must try when visiting Quebec City!
The neighbourhood was not nearly as sketchy as we were led to believe by some of the reviews however the tiny building it was housed in was definitely run down, and the interior was rustic and osteria - like.......by the end of the night we were chatting with the other patrons!
While the ambience was no where near "fine dining", Hands down this was a fine dining experience and the best meal we had in Quebec City.
The two man show with Vincent out front interacting with the guests and Benoit dishing up wonderful food with a splash of humour led to an ambience that was so much more than fancy interior finishes could provide!
Vincent was charming and was very knowledgeable as far as both the food and wine went and had excellent wine pairing suggestions.
All of our dishes were excellent. The fresh scallop appetizer in a buttermilk sauce was incredible. My husbands selection of the sweet onion cream soup was also very flavourful. For mains we had the lamb loin with goat cheese and the bison hanger steak in a reduced au jus sauce. Both of these were beautifully presented, perfectly prepared and the flavours were sublime. My favourite was the lamb with goat cheese which was tender and flavourful without being overpowered by the goat cheese crust. For dessert I had the mango and kiwi pavlova which was a perfect "light as air" ending to a wonderful meal.
My one regret for the night is that I couldn't try everything on the menu!
This little 9 table gem of a restaurant with an impeccable wine list and staggered reservations with no table turnover usually requires advanced planning.
A weeks notice will secure your reservation but we were lucky enough to be able to be accommodated day of on a spur of the moment trip to Quebec City. Emailing Benoit solicited the suggestion of a call back at 7:30 to see how the early tables were going and to determine if they would be able to take another table. As we are always late diners this worked well for us.
The next time we are in Quebec City we will be back to try whatever delicious tastes Benoit is presenting and Vincent is serving!
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