The drive from the GTA to Quebec City is approximately 8 hours, but the vicious construction around Montreal added an extra hour or so. Nonetheless, we arrived at the historic Chateau Frontenac at 7pm. The "vieux" city was abuzz with activity: buskers, street scapes, horse and buggies, tourists and the serenity of the river. Our room in the tower (two elevators to reach the turret!) overlooks the river and the Citadel.
We were lured to the cobbled streets by the sounds and aromas coming from the various cafes and bistros that are abundant in the old town. Old stone buildings with deep window ledges that house the large paned windows gape open into the evening and allow passersby a glimpse into the warmth within. It was just such a peak that drew us into "D'Orsay" a quaint european pub with raised banquets that sit next to the windows and offer diners a wonderful view and ambience while they enjoy their meal.
The menu was eclectic: mixed among traditional local cuisine was an array of adventurous options. My personal choice was the steak tartare followed by a mix of baby greens and artichoke hearts topped with .... duck confit. Decadent!! My partner enjoyed escargot in tomato sauce wrapped in phyllo. Another hit! To complement our meal we enjoyed a local pale ale.
Luckily the walk back to the Chateau Frontenac was helpful in settling the delicious food. Tired from the drive we have decided to explore a bit of the city tomorrow in daylight after a good night's sleep. And after breakfast - bien sur!
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