Dining Alone / Take-Out / Quebec City
I'll be in Quebec City in November for about 5 days alone. The thought of not enjoying some of the fine food is too much to bear, so I have 3 questions. - I'll be staying in old Quebec City.
1. Are there any upscale restaurants (or not upscale who have fab. food) that I would feel comfortable eating alone in?
2. I would be perfectly happy to get take out or delivery to my hotel and sit in my suite and eat as long as the food is really good - not pizza. Where I live, I can call almost any restaurant, fine dining included, and they are happy to box up a lovely dinner for me to take out.
3. I love sushi, and eat it once a week. Is there a great sushi place in Old Quebec that I could try?
Thanks very much for any help!
Your post made me smile as it made me think of someone WANTING to be dragged kicking and screaming to a fine restaurant. Why is there ANY concern about not being comfortable eating alone in an upscale restaurant? I have done it many, many times in a variety of restaurants, and have never been made to feel uncomfortable. Of course, there are some restaurants that seat lone diners at the bar, but I don't see that as a problem as I have frequently ended up talking to the next lone diner sitting next to me. I have eaten at Le St. Amour several times (though never alone), and have really enjoyed it every time.
It would be a shame to be in Quebec City and do takeout, even if it is from a wonderful restaurant (I love the city). What if you want wine by the glass? On a very few occasions I have done takeout from restaurants at home that I know well, and the food has never tasted the same.
Oh, I understand it. I certainly wouldn't feel concern as in thinking people are pitying me , "her date stood her up"... but I'd find it rather a waste of money and effort. I know other people who love eating alone in high-end places if they have the $$$ and opportunity.
My main reason for eating in would be extreme fatigue after a long and difficult day of work, and just wanting to "veg out" in comfy clothes.
Sorry, I can't think of any good takeaway restos or caterers offhand, though I have certainly had good food from same on St-Jean and neighbouring streets (just outside the walls in St-Jean-Baptiste) and down the cliff in St-Roch (rue St-Joseph).
You might enjoy a somewhat more relaxed place such as Café du Clocher penché - in St-Roch - just a short walk down the wrought-iron staircase - you can catch a taxi back up if you don't feel like the climb - not far, it won't cost a lot.
I wish I knew some good sushi places in Québec - really don't. The only Asian places I've eaten at there were Vietnamese.
Thanks very much for your help. I'm not so worried about eating alone, rather, I've found staff get annoyed seating a table for one. I have not eaten at a bar all that much, but like the idea. Do you have any recommendations of restaurants with a nice bar area to sit at? I would be happy to try them out.