Monday, December 29, 2008

Where to Eat in Quebec City: La Girolle

Greetings from the Great White North. One of the things we have noted in our brief time here is that the food, while good, reminds us more of eating in a French restaurant in New York circa the 1970s. This seems particularly true in the walled old city area, where our hotel and many others are. We were looking for a restaurant that 1) you could bring boy 1 and boy 2, 2) had good food that was not tortured, and 3) wasn't ethnic (there seem to be a lot of good ethnic places up here, but its not why we came from NYC). Last night, after a bit of a cab ride, we found it.

La Girolle (1383 Chemin Ste-Foy, Quebec, G1S 2N6: 418-527-4141) is a 10 minute cab ride from the Chateau Frontenac. They have a BYOB policy, and our cab driver was nice enough to take a pit stop so I could pick up some wine (did I mention that everyone in Quebec is scarily nice?). The restaurant is in a residential part of Quebec: we were the only English speakers in the place. There are two large rooms, and there is a lot of space between the tables. We were not the only ones with children (thankfully) and because the place is so spacious, you don't mind your own or the others around you.

The menu is written on a blackboard, and is changed daily. Each entree comes with soup or salad. The soup was a favorite of all four of us: it was exceptionally good. The salad, made with zuchhini, was good as well. I had the assiette d'jour, which was tasty, although I probably don't want to know what meat products I ate. The lovely wife had warm goat cheese, which is the one thing I would avoid. It wasn' bad, but it wasn't great. The entrees were quite good. We had a pork dish, a lamb dish, a steak and shrimp and scallops (everyone in Quebec sells this combination, it seems). It was clearly the best food we had eaten in Quebec to date, and I would clearly recommend the cab ride or short drive to anyone coming in from out of town.

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