Located in the heart of boho Faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste, The Hobbit Bistro is where I find both the perfect soundtrack and the perfect setting for an early morning breakfast. Its brick walls, leather seats and wooden tables set the tone of this unpretentious, down to earth neighbourhood bistro.
I love its ambience, one where I imagine novelists come for inspiration or observe human behaviour. Just last weekend I ran into Neil Bissoondath, currently working on a novel. It’s also where famous Québec signer-songwriter Jean Leloup often visits for lunch.
The floor-to-ceiling windows of the Hobbit let in a filtered light, swaying to the sounds of Cohen, Brel or Feist. My regular choice for breakfast: La Délicieuse omelette, delicious with its Îsle-aux-grues cheese and a side of the city’s best rösti.
Unfortunately, service is unsteady at Hobbit Bistro. It’s either the best in town (Patrick is hands down one of the best restaurant servers in the greater Quebec City) or highly pretentious and snooty. It varies depending on the time of day you visit, which is in part the reason I only eat at Hobbit Bistro for breakfast.
I highly recommend you try the weekend brunch which features generous dishes à l’ardoise like revisited Paris Brest and Eggs Benedict. Their Hollandaise is luscious and one of the best recipes I’ve tasted in Quebec City.