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“Almost Perfect”

Le Clocher Penche Restaurant
Ranked #16 of 1,511 Restaurants in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown Quebec City
Cross street: Caron
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We chose this restaurant for my wife's 50th birthday dinner based on all the great reviews and were very pleased with the experience. It is in the very cool up and coming St. Joseph street area (be sure to give yourself time to explore the street including Nektar coffee shop and the fantastic bakery nearby).

I had made a reservation for 7:15 on a Thursday night and told them it was her birthday - when we arrived it was filled with people and the welcoming buzz of animated conversation. We were shown to a very special table in the corner near the window - a thoughtful birthday touch! The waitress was extremely nice and attentive and greeted us with a "Happy Birthday" - onto the food - overall very inventive, fresh, local, seasonal, beautiful and delicious. Appetizers: I had the white beet soup garnished with chanterelle lobster and lime - a simple an lovely presentation with creamy yet light and clean flavor. She enjoyed a crisp salad of mixed greens, red and green apples, grapes, and macadamia nuts. Main Course: We enjoyed "La Cocotte Pour Deux Personnes" - a "rabble bistro dish served in a terracotta pot on the table. The dish included rabbit, smoked sausage slices, and thick cuts of side bacon, baked with carrots, small potatoes and sauerkraut. Perfect old country bistro fare - the aroma filled the air as we lifted the heavy lid on the pot and filled our plates with traditional hearty french comfort food. Needless to say the combination was satisfying and tasty. However this is where the "almost" meets up with the perfect... although the dish was fantastic, the mix was a bit off - there was a reasonable amount of meat, but way too much sauerkraut and not enough vegetables - and the dish cost $50.00, so for that investment I expected perfection. That aside, it was fun to share and the waitress enthusiastically noted that the dish changes with the seasons. Deserts: now, we are back to perfect - I had the fresh homemade soft cheese with maple syrup and strawberries - the cheese is made in-house and reminded me of a combination of yogurt and ricotta or marscapone - the maple syrup is served in a tall cordial/shot glass - the dish was inventive and perfect for the fall season. She enjoyed the Sugar Pie - apparently a local favorite - bit Clocher Penche's version is off the charts amazing - it is a simple recipe of sugar and cream baked into a tart, beautifully served with vanilla semifreddo and those cool little orange berries that have a paper-like outer shell - the chef flared up the paper-like exterior so it looked like a flower, the color perfectly matching that of the tart - the mild tartness of the berries complimented the sweet crunchy creamy tart - and it was served with a sparkler - another fun and thoughtful nod for her birthday!
This place is very popular and successful and didn't have to do all the extras they did for her birthday so it made it very special and memorable. Go - and bon appetit!

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Located within a few blocks of our hotel, this restaurant provided absolutely delicious food in a friendly and charming atmosphere.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Service was extremely prompt et professional. The white beet soup appetizer, alone, was worth the drive out. Dishes were very creative using seasonal ingredients. While some of the dishes were exceptional, others were merely solid. The atmosphere was familiar and fun.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

This restaurant was recommended to us by an aunt and she wasn't kidding around! This place is fantastic. Good service and great food!

Thank Jason B
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Excellent food and experience.
Very unpretentious - people are dressed casually/smart casual.
Very fresh and interesting, and really made with some love. But the combinations of flavours really very well done.
Service excellent...waiters were attentive, friendly and fast considering how very busy they were.
As others have mentioned, I will be back...it was wonderful. And for foodies, you won't be disappointed.

The menu seems seasonal, so reading previous reviews on menu items didn't help me much.
I ordered the Fresh Cheese Plate, the Piglet cabbage rolls, and the chocolate dessert.
Fresh Cheese Plate - Don't expect solid pieces of cheese because that's not what this is. It's more like yogurt, served with strawberries, leeks and other veggies. That said, it was LOVELY...very nice flavour and I really enjoyed it. The piglet cabbage rolls - Again, don't expect the cabbage rolls with rice and meat in it. I was meat covered by a cooked cabbage leaf. There was a pork belly piece that was the freshest I've EVER tasted. And root vegetables. Again, very lovely...Enjoyed every bit. The dessert also fantastic.

I've been wanting to find a restaurant like this: Food flavour that s memorable, quality and freshness that is evident, and an ambiance and service that makes you feel at home. This resaurant is it....

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