quebec city 3 nights Eating Schedule
We;ll be staying at the HIlton on Rue St. Jean and this is what we have lined up so far. Any additional suggestions/changes to our itinerary?
Sunday night: Dinner at Le Hobbit
Monday Brunch/Lunch: Lapin Saute or L'Echadee?
Tuesday: Brunch: Le Billig or Casse-Crepe Breton?
Dinner: Patriarche or Le Pain Beni?
Suggestions for Croissants and Pastry?
526 Rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, QC G1R1P6, CA
We were there last year without the children. We fled the Chateau Frontenac (too crazy and crowded) after one night and walked into a room at the beautiful and sedate Auberge Saint-Antoine (home of Panache). The Saint-Antoine room was slightly nicer, 1/2 the price, and in the more charming Lower Town.
We ate breakfast at Panache 3 times and it did not feel that special, but maybe we should have gone for dinner. For a fancy dinner, Laurie Raphael was a more interesting and fun choice with an adventurous tasting menu and top-flight service.
Our favorite restaurant was L'Echaude. It had a warm and friendly staff and an unpretentious vibe, and the food was wonderful. Although it is labeled French and not Canadian, the menu seemed like local farm-to-table cooking. Also, the Canadian white wines by the glass were more complex and satisfying than I expected. Suffice to say that we cancelled our last-night reservation at Panache and returned to L'Echaude instead for another memorable meal.
Best thing about Montreal and Quebec City restaurants? Formal/upscale restaurants do not require formal attire (with one or 2 exceptions).
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).
We visited Patriarche in July 2011 and were blown away by the attention to detail with the food. It is truly an experience. The only issue is that once dinner was over we had to wait forever for them to bring our check. I don't know if we were forgotten or if that's how things are done but it was frustrating to wait for an hour just to pay. Aside from that admittedly minor glitch...fabulous...will go again!