My friend and I were in Quebec City yesterday as part of a long weekend in Canada. We found the trip advisor recommendation and called. They squeezed us on for a last minute reservation. This was the first step in what was probably the best meal of our lives. The taxi driver asked us five times if we were sure that we wanted to be dropped off at this place. It's a safe, clean neighborhood, but not in the city center. We were about 30 minutes early for our reservation and the first ones there. Vincente welcomed us in and we immediately felt like family friends instead of customers. He gave us the lovely history of the restaurant and explained the menu. It's not a large selection but it is all amazing. We had all three starters! The scallops were beyond amazing. So good we had to restrain ourselves from licking the bowl. The French onion soup was divine - a hearty yet still light and so flavorful. The pork skewers were also tasty and light. For our mains we had the blue cheese pork and the lamb loin. The meat was so tender you could cut it with a butter knife and the flavors...amazing. Each course perfectly complemented the starters and the lovely German Riesling that was suggest for us. It was perfect. After our starters and mains we were pleasantly full, but the foie gras dessert was too intriguing to deny. We were a in a word astounded by it. It was like a custard in a lovely cream sauce with the perfect balance of sweet and salty. The textures were perfect and it was freaking delicious. The way they prepare and shave the foie gras over the dessert in delicate shavings is brilliant. The food was top quality. The environment was comfortable and welcoming. Vincente was knowledgeable and a great host...and Ben, the chef extraordinaire, was lovely and humble and a sweet man. It made our trip that much more special to experience that meal. If you are in Quebec, you must go to the iX Bistro. Also the prices are very reasonable.
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