I know I use words such as “the best” and “the best I’ve ever had” quite a lot. But, in my defense, I should say that I only write about food that was superb and that I fell in love with. You won’t find negative reviews on my blog.
Second point in my defense: I don’t think there is such thing as bad food in Quebec City. In 5 days that I spent there I didn’t have one bad meal. I will say more: I didn’t even have a mediocre meal. Surely, I had spent hours choosing each and every of the restaurants I visited but even so, that’s quite impressive. Here are the three foods that I loved in Quebec City and I suggest you try them too.
Traditional Québécois meat pie at Buffet de L’Antiquaire
Le Cipaille, or meat pie, is a house specialty and one of the most traditional Québécois dishes that you must try in this region. Cipaille is pronounced sea-pie. According to Wikipedia, the name most likely originated as an adaptation of sea-pie because it had been served to British sailors during 18th century.
At Buffet de L’Antiquaire they make it with beef, veal, pork and potatoes. I have mentioned in my previous posts about Quebec that local cuisine is extremely rich, fatty and filling, but this pie would take the first prize in category “The ultimate comfort food”. It made for a perfect lunch after a cold windy morning spent exploring Montmorency falls.
I came across this place while browsing through a blog of Allison Van Rassel, a foodie who is passionate about Quebec. If you are planning a trip to Quebec, this is a great resource for dining ideas. According to Alisson, Buffet de L’Antiquaire is the most authentic and traditional Québécois food you can find in Quebec City. They recently did renovations. It is a small cute restaurant with a mezzanine. The crowd around us was mostly speaking French that I took as a good sign: locals know where to find great food.
Address: 95 Rue Saint Paul, Québec City, QC G1K 3V8, Canada
Hours: Mon – Sun: 6 AM – 9 PM
Rabbit at Le Lapin Sauté
The name of this restaurant translates as “Jumping Rabbit” so, not surprisingly, rabbit is their specialty. It comes from a local farm La Ferme Besnier in La Beauce not far from Quebec City and these guys, most certainly, know how to prepare it.
Try the rabbit leg: its most delicate and tender meat is perfectly complimented by two-mustard sauce.
Or start your day off with a perfect brunch plate. It features eggs fried in maple syrup – the biggest discovery of the trip! To a non-Canadian it sounds extremely weird but works well. It was my second day in Quebec and I was still to learn in how many different ways you can use maple syrup. Along with eggs come rabbit rillettes, which is mixed with potatoes for a more “breakfasty” feel; maple baked beans (more maple) and La Sauvagine cheese that surpassed my highest expectations.
Talking about cheese, don’t miss out on their cheese platter appetizer.
All cheeses are sourced locally and served with mixed maple-flavored nuts (hello again, maple!), and a blueberry-cranberry spiced wine compote.
We were told by the waiter that the nuts are called “heaven”. Guess why? Because it’s heaven! Well, she was not lying.
Address: 52, rue du Petit-Champlain, Quebec, QC
Hours: Mon – Thu: 11AM – 10PM, Fri: 11AM – 10.30 PM, Sat: 9 AM – 10.30 PM, Sun: 9 AM – 10 PM
Buckwheat Crepes at Crêperie-bistro Le Billig
This little place stole my heart and I would go back to Quebec City any day just to have a bite of those thin crispy crepes. We stayed nearby and ended up coming to this bistro 3 times in 5 days. I think it says a lot. All savory crepes are made with buckwheat flour and all sweet crepes are made with wheat flour. These organic flours are a product of a Quebec-based flour mill. These types of flour are healthier, but they also bring this unconventional flavor and crispiness to crepes.
If you are looking for a savory option try The Béarn – a crepe filled with duck confit, Swiss and goat cheese, and served with onion marmalade. Onion marmalade is what does the trick and makes the taste unforgettable.
If you have a sweet tooth, try The Extreme. It is served with a poached pear and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, covered with dark chocolate sauce and almond flakes. This is not a crepe, this is heaven!
Address: 481 rue St-Jean, Quebec, Quebec G1R 1P5
Hours: Mon – Fri: 11 AM – 10 PM, Sat – Sun: 10 AM – 10 PM
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AUTHOR: YULIA DYUKOVA
Yulia is a Russian food and travel blogger who found home first in Sri Lanka for 3 years, then in Brazil for a year and is currently based in Austin, Texas. She is the kind of person who starts a research of the new country by googling “what to eat in…” instead of “what to visit in…” Yulia is a self-proclaimed “food nerd” who will spend hours reading on the origins of pecan pie before trying it and who doesn’t consider waiting in line of 50 people to get a cronut a waste of time. She finds it hard to keep her delicious findings to herself and that is the reason why this blog exists.