September 23, 2007
Today we had some wonderful weather in Québec City. As autumn begins and freezing winters begin to dangerously threaten mild weather memories, these last warm days become the perfect occasion to lie under the sun, enjoy the parks and, why not, indulge yourself with good food. We went to le Pain Béni restaurant in the middle of le vieux Québec, just across from the Château Frontenac. Actually it is one of my favorite restaurants up here, it's not over-prized and I'd say they make good Italian fusion cuisine in a very French way. You can have panini, pizza and courses made especially with produits du terroir (local products, such as maple syrup, obviously). It's there where I remember having the most perfect escargots I've ever had, mixed with rice vermicelli and mushrooms. Today I ordered shrimp ceviche as a starter, perfectly dressed with pineapples, and for an entrée I had lamb ravioli (ravioli d’agneau au Migneron de Charlevoix) with a very interesting curry-apple sauce. Brilliant! By the way, the restaurant belongs to the Auberge Place d'Armes, a nice hotel with reasonable prices.