La Planque is Quebec City’s newest enfant chéri. Located in the heart of Limoilou, La Planque opened in the fall of 2012. I helped out a friend recently and in return I was offered a gift certificate for the restaurant. “Can’t wait to read what you think”, she kindly said. Catherine, encore merci infiniment.
La Planque is described as a hiding place, a hideaway if you like, where one leaves behind life’s worries in exchange for comfort through food and drinks. In my words, La Planque is a place where Ray Lamontagne’s Trouble takes essence.
The restaurant is set-up as a hallway (long rectangle) of three distinctive atmospheres, but with the same soundtrack (I will come back to it later). You are greeted to a bar and long black velvet drapes that hide any possibility of light to filter from the outside. At first, the velvet felt imposing, even somewhat oppressive, but the warmth of the rustic wooden tables (maple?) and Stevie Wonder blasting out of the speakers quickly took the feeling away. The velvet doesn’t show up anywhere else in the restaurant. Baby, it’s cold outside! Continue reading →
My plan for 2013 is to eat in as many different restaurants as possible (without putting on weight will be a challenge!) and to be as faithful as I can in my opinions with regards to the quality/quantity of food that I am being served without neglecting atmosphere, service and price. I want to make this blog a useful tool for anyone looking for a great place to eat in Quebec City. I’m a foodie and I am very passionate about my city and its cuisine and therefore I want to share my knowledge with you. (Oh and I promise to bring my camera along as often as I can. This visit wasn’t planed, so please excuse my cellphone.)
The first open kitchen concept to arrive in Quebec City was introduced by former Panache Chef François Blais. Opened in 2011, Bistro B is located in a vast local on the corner of Cartier and Aberdeen Streets in the heart of Montcalm.
My partner Marie-Eve joined me at the restaurant at 6:30, and we were seated without having a reservation. Not rare for this time of year, but otherwise recommended. We sat at the counter where the bar meets the kitchen near an imposing wall-mounted cellar of privately imported wines. I wanted to feel it all, in a Feist kind of way: the action, the heat of the ovens and the artists in creation. This calls for a gin & tonic. Garçon! Continue reading →
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, especially during the weekend when I like to drive downtown and find something new. I especially look for the restaurant that offers something other than the traditional bacon & eggs combo. Don’t get me wrong; I like tradition, but not today.
My favourite place for breakfast is Le Hobbit on St-Jean Street on the corner of Ste-Geneviève, but the place is closed in January; vacation time for the owners/employees and it’s been like that for years. Bummer. The soundtrack usually includes Cohen, Brel or Old Crow Medicine Show and the walls are covered with Dumontier clichés, a local photographer showing off typical scene of the Saint-Jean Baptiste neighbourhood. But it’s closed, so I’ll have to think of something new. Continue reading →
l’Espace is located exactly at the Café du Monde’s first location on Dalhousie Street in Quebec City’s Old Port. I used to borrow my mother’s car and drive from Saint-Emile to indulge in the best crème brulé I knew of at that time. Today, l’Espace MC Chef is in the exact same spot. Call it a pre-existing emotional condition, but the “location” and I have had a previous love affair.
December 4th, 2012
I was invited to have dinner at l’Espace MC Chef last week among journalists from different media in the city, including a few blogs. It was a dinner to get us talking about the restaurant, the food, the overall experience. We were greeted with a glass of sparkling Limoux, twisted with a little well-known Russian alcohol and raspberry. Every woman in the room enjoyed. Already I could tell this would be a very feminine experience.
If you want to be a hit at your next family or friendly get together, cupcakes are IT. Here are my two favourite locations in Quebec City to serve your cupcake desires. BEWARE, pictures might induce salivation.
The restaurant’s name alone strikes curiosity. In English you could say it’s “Thingy & Gadget”. Associated to food, I am expecting some sort of urban artistry. And urban it is!
The place is owned and led in the kitchen by Benoît Fortin Lyonnais, François Jobin and Olivier Lescelleur St-Cyr. You currently cannot find the restaurant from a distinctive sign, placard or poster. Only a piece of paper scotch tapped to the window door says you are here. Oh but wait, there is a hint: Look for Chez Jeanine’s sign still hanging from 82 Saint-Joseph West. Continue reading →
I had lunch at l’Espace MC Chef. A 7” pastrami/cheddar sandwich with oomph! It wasn’t the whole grain mustard, or the fact that she used arugula instead of regular greens that first caught my attention, but a homemade grilled eggplant mash. “I got the idea from a little Italian place nearby Marché Jean-Talon, Café ViaDante” says award-winning Chef and owner, Marie-Chantal Lepage. “I’m glad you like it; I made it with love.” That’s exactly why I’m excited about my sandwich and l’Espace MC Chef, because she creates even the simplest dishes with love. Continue reading →
I worked as a parking attendant/valet for the Dominion 1912 hotel in Old Quebec in early 2000. My fellow co-workers would often head out to a nearby restaurant and come back with what looked and smelled like comfort food, precisely the kind that my grandmother would cook to make my heart feel warm. Oh was I ever curious to taste it! Continue reading →