Above: Tartare de boeuf, Échaudé, Québec City

Québec City Restaurants

Tartare de boeuf, Échaudé, Québec City

Québec City’s best restaurants rely heavily on regional ingredients, including fresh seafood from the St. Lawrence River estuary, seasonal produce sourced from farms on the nearby Île d’Orléans and game such as local elk. In addition to Chez Muffy, the superb restaurant in our newly endorsed hotel, Auberge Saint-Antoine, here are two other dining recommendations in the city.

Le Saint-Amour

Seafood bisque with a peppery egg white mousse and white sturgeon caviar, Le Saint-Amour, Québec City - Andrew Harper editor
Scallop ceviche in basil-cucumber water topped with a tomato sorbet, Le Saint-Amour, Québec City - Andrew Harper editor

Discreetly situated on a tranquil side street, this wonderfully romantic restaurant features a sumptuous art nouveau-inspired décor with red walls and murals of intricately painted flowers. A glass dome covers the rotunda in the main dining room, which is festooned with hanging plants and centerpieced by a grand leafy tree. Le Saint-Amour is as renowned for its 15,000-bottle wine list as it is for a menu of updated Québécois fare. Chef Jean-Luc Boulay sources most of his ingredients from farmers and producers in the province. His signature dish is foie gras terrine, but we opted for the seared foie gras escalope drizzled with a red wine sauce. The scallop ceviche served in a cucumber-basil water and topped with tomato sorbet was a deliciously refreshing starter. Other memorable dishes included lovage-crusted veal in honey-thyme jus with fennel purée and halibut in a vermouth sauce set atop zucchini linguine with an almond persillade. Le Saint-Amour’s atmospheric decor and well-executed cuisine make it one of the finest restaurants in the city.

Le Saint-Amour
48 Rue Saint-Ursule. Tel. (418) 694-0667

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