An Evening in Vieux Quebec – A Ford Adventure

Quebec City is beautiful and romantic in the winter, even if you are alone.  I love wandering through on a warm summer day. But for me, winter is the time to visit Quebec City. The Old City especially feels designed for snow, and takes on a special kind of intimacy and warmth when it gets cold.

I always find myself drawn to the Old City and have only once stayed outside the gates. I’ve been lucky that even when staying with friends, they lived just inside the gates. Perhaps drawn like I am to the history and the magic of old Quebec and old Canada. Our roots as a nation run deep here.

#LexGoFurther - Quebec City & Levis

Though I must admit there has been at least one winter visit where we spent most of our time curled up under blankets in a tiny room tucked under the eves in an old auberge. We hadn’t packed properly and the wind was so cold, sharp and intense that it literally hurt to go outside. But that’s okay. A quick jaunt to the depannuer around the corner set us up with wine, cheese, pâté and baguette. We had our books and each other, and adventuring out to dinner every evening became a wonderful, albeit cold, act of bravery.

This visit was nothing like that though.  My room at the Hotel Chateau Bellevue was lovely and it was warm enough to walk around without gloves, a hat or even a scarf.

#LexGoFurther - Quebec City

Walking the streets of Quebec City on February 13th, alone, however does remind you a bit that you are alone. It’s still beautiful, and intimate, and romantic. But it’s quiet. Most people, even the tourists are saving up for the next night – Valentine’s Day.

#LexGoFurther - Quebec City

After driving all day, I spent a little time decompressing in my room before heading back out for dinner. The restaurant Julie had so highly recommended – Le Lapin Sauté – was just over the cliff in the Quartier Petit Champlain. That meant I got to choose between the stairs and a ride on the funicular.

#LexGoFurther - Quebec City

Obviously I chose the funicular!

Down the Funicular - #LexGoFurther

I took advantage of the quiet to get a line-free and private ride down on the funicular and a wait-free table at Le Lapin Sauté. Which was impressive since it was the last table in the restaurant.

Le Lapin Sauté - #LexGoFurther

While I hadn’t known the restaurant when Julie recommended it, I realized that I’ve eaten there often though only in the summer and on their patio. They have an excellent breakfast.  This was my first time inside the restaurant and my first time there for dinner.

Even with the full restaurant I couldn’t resist bringing Travel Bunny out for a little photoshoot.

Travel Bunny & Rabbit Rillette at at Le Lapin Sauté - #LexGoFurther

He was not especially impressed with my dinner choices since I had the Rabbit Rillette as an appetizer (Leila chimed in via twitter that she wasn’t impressed with my choice either!)

The rillette was was served with pickles, candied carrot and onion jam which was a great accompaniment since the rillette was mild and wonderfully smooth. But the pickled and candied condiments really didn’t do the house red any favours, leaving it tasting more than a little funky.  When I mentioned it to the staff they told it me it was supposed to taste that way. Drinkable but not worthy of a second glass. I told myself this was good for my budget and focused on the food.

Rabbit Rillette at Le Lapin Sauté - #LexGoFurther

For my main, I had the Rabbit Pie which came with a fruit chutney and salad. But it was oh, so very good. And large. I was only able to finish half of it and I really tried.

Rabbit Pie at Le Lapin Sauté - #LexGoFurther

Okay, I couldn’t have tried that hard because as soon as they told me they had a traditional raspberry pudding, there was no doubt I would be having it.

Dessert at Le Lapin Sauté - #LexGoFurther

While I stayed at the table and ate my raspberry pudding and cream!   Travel Bunny had a little adventure with one of the waiters.  Service had finished and the waiter kindly took him into the kitchen for a tour. (And took my camera too)

Travel Bunny at Le Lapin Sauté - #LexGoFurther
Travel Bunny visits the pass.
Travel Bunny at Le Lapin Sauté - #LexGoFurther
Getting into the dishes.. hmmm
Travel Bunny at Le Lapin Sauté - #LexGoFurther
Checking out the salamander
Travel Bunny at Le Lapin Sauté - #LexGoFurther
Ha! Le lapin sauté!
Travel Bunny at Le Lapin Sauté - #LexGoFurther
Oh! Le lapin sauté!

Note: the kitchen had stopped serving and was being cleaned when travel bunny when in for his tour so no meals were compromised by him being there.  And you have to love a restaurant where they have a sense of humour and play.

Note: this post part of my Lex Go Further – A Ford Escape series sponsored by Ford Canada and Tourism Quebec.  If you want to know more about what trouble I get into, you can read my disclosure statement here.

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

3 thoughts on “An Evening in Vieux Quebec – A Ford Adventure

  • March 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks to Julie Tyios for recommending Le Lapin Sauté for dinner. Not only was it excellent, the staff was a lot of fun! (Julie, remember me mentioning the “trouble” Travel Bunny got into in the kitchen… scroll down in this post to see what I meant)

  • March 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Awesome to hear you enjoyed yourself, Lex! The staff is awesome, great summer patio. Loooove the travel bunny adventures in this one!

  • March 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    It really was the most trouble he got into on the whole trip, but it was a whole lot of trouble.


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