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“Expensive for what???”
Review of Patente et Machin

Patente et Machin
Ranked #61 of 1,476 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 8, 2012

We come out of this restaurant and we were very disappointed ... Our plates which took considerable time to come out were totally unsatifactory. First on the quantity, a snails risotto with 4 snails is ridiculous especially for the price. And for my part, the side of piglet was very fat and when I was finished with the little meat that was there, I had to satisfy myself with, a little mashed sweet potato, one carrot, a half mini-potato and a mini bokchoy. That's an hour I went out and I'm still hungry. Secondly, the service is poor. When we mentioned to our server-owner dissatisfaction about quantities, his response was: "It is because we want people to take an entrance,,," WOW! In this case, drop your price champion!

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3  Thank Sebastien R
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We were here in June when Ketchup was closed. There isn't even a sign for it over the door. An unbelievably long menu is on the chalkboard over the open kitchen, and the enthusiastic waiter/host read it all. We were dazzled by the ingredients and range, and then floored by the flavors of our selections.

A side benefit to finding restaurants like Patente, it forces you out of the tourist-packed old town and into some of the really interesting and fun other neighborhoods like Limolou and Rue St-Joseph.

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Thank HamTech87
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

What can we say about the food here? Our host recommended it...so glad. Location is off the tourist beat. They were full for dinner, so we sat at the bar. The chef's skill level was impressive to watch, but even more impressive to eat. We ordered home made onion rings served with honey and aged cheese. Then the seafood appetizer with crab cakes, an oyster, mussels, and calamari. Then we split the duck and gnocchi. Dessert was a bread pudding w/sauce. Every bite made my husband and I look at each other and smile. The owner was explaining the menu choices to a large party in great detail. When he finished, they applauded! At one point, the whole staff suddenly raised their glasses in some kind of toast. We don't speak French but I think I know what they were saying. They really care about food here!

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Thank ShelleyHig
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We wanted to go to L'affaire est Ketchup but our concierge suggested that she book us here if Ketchup was filled. It was, so she did, and we weren't sorry. The restaurant is sort of off the beaten track, in a neighborhood that we otherwise woudn't have visited. We took a cab there and found the area to be much more diverse than many parts of Quebec City. We had a nice walk around before dinner.
Dishes here are divided into small plates, medium plates, entree-sized plates, and extra large (for 2) plates. The waiters was delightful and he spent 10 minutes explaning the preparation of every item on the menu which was on a chalk board as it changes daily. He didn't know the names in English of all the ingredients so there was much discussion with other restaurant staff to explain what it all was. It took him just as long to explain everything to the locals that sat next to us. This isn't a tourist restaurant - and you could hear hear his enthusiasm for every dish in every description.
You can order small or large plates, veggie, meat, fish, etc. Everything we ate was great. Definately recommended.

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2  Thank pvexplorer
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

In a tourist city like Québec City it is wonderful to find a gem like “Patente et Machin”. It is small, so be sure to call ahead to reserve. The second time we went, even though it was Sunday night, there was only place left at the bar; which was actually quite fun since you get to see them cook and you can talk to the chef if you like.

The restaurant is on a small narrow street in the St-Roch neighbourhood, which is an older, central neighbourhood, and therefore has more affordable rents for chef owned and operated restaurants like this one, where food, art, fancy and imagination meet deliciously and affordably.

Your waiter will do such a great job explaining the ever changing menu in detail that you will want to order one of everything. They offer three sizes of dishes, the ‘petits machines’ (4-8$), like soups or cheeses or patés, then there are the 'machins' 8-15$) which are larger starters, then the 'patentes' (16-25$) which are hearty meals, and the 'grosses patentes' (24-45$), which they say are for two people, but could feed 3 or four in our experience.

This last time we went, we had two 'machins' and one 'patente'. We shared the three dishes between the two of us, and we had no room for dessert. The first time we went, we had one 'petit machin' (amazing onion rings drizzled with honey and covered with aged asiago shavings), one 'machin' (steak tartare), and one 'grosse patente' (a whole pintade on a bed of creamy gnocchi, wild mushrooms and veg.); and we rolled out of there far too full (it was just too good to leave any behind on our plate!).

They have an excellent wine list as well including reasonably priced private imports.

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1  Thank P1e
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