A September 2004 trip
to Quebec City by cruisingbug
Quote: We decided to spend our fifth anniversary in Quebec, as it was closer and cheaper than Paris. :)
The next day we made our leisurely way up to Chateau Frontenac and explored the castle's hallways until our brunch reservation. After stuffing ourselves, we had to burn off the calories so we started walking, roughly following the upper ramparts (with a detour to the Old Port Market and train station) back around to the Grande Allee. (Grande Allee, Grande Allee! I just like the way that sounds.)
We decided we were too tired for the Citadel tour, so we dragged ourselves back to the hotel, had a quick cocoa pick-me-up, and headed back out for a romantic anniversary dinner along the river.
Rooms either overlook the river or give you a glimpse of the Chateau Frontenac, so you can't lose with any location. At C$205 per night, the Dominion was a bargain compared with the Chateau. Set in historic Old Port, the hotel is just a few minutes walk to Petit Champlain and the waterfront. Place de la FAO, with its lovely fountain, was just below our window.
The continental breakfast included granola, yogurt, rabbit terrine, croissants, cheese, hard-cooked eggs, fruit, and more. The decor of the hotel is mission/contemporary, very stylish and yet comfortable. At night, you can relax with a cocktail or (free!) cocoa in front of the lobby's fireplace.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2004
Hotel Dominion 1912
126 ST PIERRE
Quebec City, Quebec G1K4A8
418 692 2224
The food is country French, with rabbit (le lapin) being the specialty. Service was a bit slow and unresponsive (might have been better if we'd been inside?). English menus were available.
I tried the rabbit duet, which came with two sauces, one mustard and one apple. They tasted different from each other, but not like mustard or apples. The rabbit was very tender. I don't remember if I'd ever had rabbit before, but I could tell it wasn't chicken.
The BEST thing I sampled was the snails in filo. It was the perfect blend of (possibly) goat cheese, pate, and chopped snail folded into filo dough.
Le Lapin Saute
52 rue du Petit-Champlain
Quebec City, Quebec
Restaurant | "Le Champlain "
The restaurant's decor evokes a medieval feel. If you can, sit out by the windows or in the twin seats on the ground area lining the upper-area wall (in these, you sit beside your tablemate instead of across and get to enjoy the view!).
Service was spotty, even for a buffet. We had to practically beg for butter (there is none out at the buffet!?) and refills of water. Not sure if champagne/mimosas were included in the price, though, they were offered. Price was C$42 per person.
Note: If you need to use the restroom while dining at Chateau Frontenac, you have to get a pass key, as restrooms, even on the concierge level, are for hotel guests only.
The buffet is served in a separate room from the seating area, and this buffet deserves its own room!
Fresh-made waffles, omelets to order, a meat-carving station, salads, breads/cheeses, hot-and-cold breakfast and lunch entrees, a special kids table, and a jaw-dropping dessert table.
Try the different cheeses (there were five kinds when we were there) with some fresh bread!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 15, 2004
1 des Carrières St
Quebec, Quebec G1R 4P5
+1 418 692 3861
Restaurant | "Le Cafe du Monde"
Part of Le Groupe Restos Plaisirs, which also includes Le Cochon Dingue, Le Lapin Saute, and Jaune Tomate, Le Cafe du Monde is located on the waterfront, near Old Port. In nice weather, you can eat out on the balcony, or stay inside and watch the ships along the river.
Service in this restaurant was the best we'd experienced in Quebec (although that's actually not saying much).
I had the mussels trio - excellent! A dish each of mussels marinara, mussels Madagascar, and mussels Provencal were all very good.
We ordered the $1 truffles for dessert, but the waiter misunderstood and brought us the profiteroles with chocolate sauce, a delicious mistake! Go crazy with the chocolate sauce - we did! One lady was also having them as we left and asked for barely a drop of sauce! We didn't understand. :)
Café du Monde
57 Dalhousie St
Quebec, Quebec G1K 4B6
+1 418 692 4455
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