This luxuriously-decorated restaurant features numerous dining rooms and offers a menu that serves as a monument to French and French-Canadian comfort ... More
Cafe de la Paix
This luxuriously-decorated restaurant features numerous dining rooms and offers a menu that serves as a monument to French and French-Canadian comfort food. Chef Jean-Marc Bass presides over a meat-and-potatoes kitchen that serves something to please all palates. Tables d'hôte feature soup or salad; a choice of main courses, including fresh pastas, salmon Meunière, steak tartare and mixed seafood in puff pastry; desert buffet; and tea or coffee. An extremely reasonable daytime menu makes Cafe de la Paix perfect for a business lunch.
We loved the ambiance and the food was delcious! We ate there two times in our 4 day stay and the early bird menu is very well priced. The cream and vegetable soups were amazing and we had chicken and salmon salad and beef. All was delicious. The house white wine was a real treat. The service was terrific. We really feel that this restaurant has a quaint Quebecois feeling and does not dispoint.
This was one of the worst meals we have ever had. The fish was clearly frozen, the chicken looked like it had been microwaved and had a sauce placed on top, the beef stroganoff was served on linguine instead of egg noodles and the beef itself tasted burnt, the salad was really nothing more than lettuce with a nondescript dressing, the vegetables weren't fresh, the minestrone soup tasted like it was canned, the creme brulee had a sauce that was bitter. The only good thing was the house wine and the service was fine.
We were told to come to Cafe de la Paix by a friend back home and it was an incredible disappointment and we spent way too much money for a very bad meal.
My Veal Medaillons were extremely tough, large and thick. I just ate a few bites. My husbands Bison was prepared like a Beef Bourguignonne. Tasty only because it had been stewed for so long. We would not recommend Cafe de la Paix.
We can only respond to what did we like...the food is superb, the staff is friendly and very acommodating. We go to Quebec for 4 days every January. We always dine at Cafe de La Paix at least twice while there, have never been disappointed. We would recommend it to anyone looking for quality, an enjoyable experience and value.
Stopped in for dinner after reading favorable ratings on various web sites. We ordered the menu complete (or however they call it), consisting of a soup or salad appetizer, a main course (one of rabbit, one of duck breast), and a dessert. We had no trouble getting a table (mid-week summer), though there was a brisk business throughout the evening - a mix, it seemed, of tourists and locals.
The "menu" is quite affordable, but equally simple. My salad was fresh, and though my wife's soup was deceptively hot, as it cooled, it retained a decent taste. The main courses were served on oval plates decorated by a sprig of parsely, a leaf of chickory, and a wedge of tomato; the meats were plopped in the dish much like one's mother might do for family. No ceremony there! Vegetables arrived late and were a small plate of the same trio for both our meals (exceptionally hot, too).
The duck was okay, but bland; the rabbit was mostly tender (I had an overcooked piece but my wife said it was tender), highly seasoned with rosemary (as advertised, but a bit much, and the inedible rosemary leaves were all still in the sauce), but cut uncarefully (rabbit backbone easily splinters, folks). The house wines were fine; a fair selection of wines was available.
For dessert we both chose the creme caramel (they called it a flan), and my wife said it was better than what I make - hm - but mine was served poorly cut from the ramekin and slightly burnt on top.
Oh, and my chair squeaked, but the evening was enjoyable. A 15% tip was added right into the bill, but service was attentive enough to warrant leaving more (for big tippers, anyway).
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