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December 11, 2003
This time, I went there with my family. This is the first time my family visited Quebec city, so of course I took them to this restaurant and expected to have a good fine dining experience.
We started with the appertizer.
Appetizer: Escargots à l'Alsacienne (snails in garlic butter, a bit salty but not bad).
Salad: Caesar Salad, great portion.
Soup: Lobster soup, good.
Main course: they didn't have the lobster dish I love a lot, so I ordered the salmon tartare. It is delicious, but a bit too much for me. My dad and my sister ordered the rack of lamb (which I recommend a lot! I love it too!), as good as always! My mom ordered the scallops. Pretty good, but nothing too special.
We didn't order any desserts because we were too full after all the food we had! In conclusion, the service that night was not too good. We had to ask many times for one same item. Perhaps the waiter was too busy? Or maybe because we weren't dressing "nicely" enough? Who knows! But because my previous dining experience there was superb, I guess I will still give it a try next time I visit Quebec City. :)
From journal Quebec City
April 9, 2001
The service was good and the environment was elegant casual, which is nice while on vacation.
My wife ordered ala carte, starting with a small caesar salad, followed by a main course of their rack of lamb (sliced into lamb chops). Both were very good I'm told. I ordered Table D'Hote (fixed price multi-course) dinner with a leafy salad, followed by veal medallions with mushroom sauce (it was terrific!). A dessert course came with mine, but I passed on it. I shouldn't have made room for it, because they had fantastic desserts on display in their front window.
The service was attentive without being intrusive. We were promptly brought bread, and were never without it throughout our meal. The servers were very helpful with the menu, but as a general rule, look closely at what you are ordering. What many people know as "Entrees" are actually appetizers or starters on French menus.
Cafe de la Paix has a nice warm atmosphere, and is a great place to linger over a long meal, and coffee. To get there from the Chateau Frontenac, leave the front of the hotel to the left, and you will approach rue Desjardins in 2 blocks. Go right on rue Desjardins, and you will see Cafe de la Paix on the left.