L'Actuel Resto Bar

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by berky on December 22, 2003

The name "resto-bar" conjured up in my mind an establishment with pool tables, peanut shells underfoot, walls covered with beer commercials and the smell of grease and cigarette smoke in the air. But L'Actuel was almost the exact opposite of what I had imagined. We only agreed to go there because we were having trouble finding an open restaurant that would honour the $50 voucher we had received for coming to Club Vacances Magog.

The restaurant is in an old two-story home that was decorated with twinkly lights outside. Inside there were lots of antique mirrors and sconces on the walls. There was a fairly large main area and several smaller areas off the main one which smaller groups of people could have some privacy in. We sat beside a window overlooking the garden, although it was winter and snow-covered.

We were met at the entrance and shown where we could hang up our coats and escorted to our table by a very friendly maitre d', who had no trouble when we mentioned our voucher.

I ordered from the table d'h├┤te. The cream of tomato soup was delicious. There was a spinach brioche and a tasty salad. The main course was a heavenly lamb tenderloin in a maple sauce. My husband had a Caesar salad and a nicely cooked steak. The teenage girls we had with us ordered tagliatelle. I suggested they split one, but they each wanted one to themselves and ended up eating about half. Nevertheless they had room for a chocolate bombe, which was like an ice cream cake with a brownie base.

We enjoyed great service and great food and have learned that the name may not be the best indicator of the appeal of the restaurant.

Restaurant L'Actuel Bar & Grill
5, rue Hatley
Magog, Quebec
(819) 847-1991


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