Le Continental – The Stuff of Old School Dreams

Note that days after we dined here, Quebec City closed restaurant service again due to COVID. I hope everyone stays safe.

I learned about this restaurant watching Parts Unknown by Anthony Bourdain. That was many years ago. Ever since, I have wanted to eat here. I am a sucker for old world charm and this restaurant has it – white tablecloths, waiters in bow ties, tableside preparations, and old school French classics dishes.

We started with some wine. Because we had been drinking for the past few days, we wanted just a half bottle each. Usually, restaurants have a poor selection of half bottles. This place offered good half bottles. My wife had a Chablis and I had a really good red which I cannot recall right now.

Anyway, to start, we had foie gras torchon and escargot. Both excellent.

In the meantime, the staff was preparing for tableside preparation of my flambe mustard sirloin.

For her main dish, my wife had the lobster thermidor.

…and here is my steak being flambe’d:

and the final product:

Everything tasted as it should. For dessert, we had the crepes Suzzette. This was the only part of the meal which I thought could be improved. It was also prepared tableside.

Overall, I could not think of a more perfect evening. The service was very good, the setting was as it should be for the type of food they were serving, and the food was classic. I especially enjoyed the tableside preparation of everything. Its dinner and a show. I will definitely make an effort to return every time I am in Quebec City.

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