We have not been in French style restaurant like this since the high flying 1980s in New York. There are three dining rooms: A small one up front in the formal style of a French restaurant. A middle one in a more modern style. And finally the grand main dinging room in the style of Belle Epoque. It is was the last one in which we had a table.
The waiter, Alain, immediately came over to see to see to our needs, and so began a great relationship. His service was impeccable, friendly and informative. If a waiter can put one at ease and make dining more enjoyable, Alain did.
Dinner was a perfect combination of classic French style with Quebecois ingredients. I do mean perfect.
My wife had the pris fix "inspiration menu". Listing of the dishes not warranted, because the menu changes. But there was not one misstep, not one thing off. Each dish was a perfect jewel of how great food should be prepared and presented.
I started with the seared Foie. In Quebec they uses the richer tasting, less fatty duck liver, rather then the goose liver. Delicious. The main course was Red Deer perfectly seared to a medium rare. The presentation was spectacular. Food as art and delicious art at that.
But the best part was the "Comforting Dessert". A balsam fir scented and wild blueberry creme brulee with a home made marshmallow. Upon arriving the creme brulee is flamed and one toasts the marshmallow over the flame until desired degree of toastedness is achieved. The flame goes out, and all is comforting perfection.
The wine list is extensive and well priced, very good wines can be found.
I will warn you, that, for Quebec, Saint-Amour may seem expensive, but compared to equivalent restaurants in New York, Boston, Madrid, London, etc. , this is failry priced, especially given the quality of preparation and ingredients.
For that romantic occasion, or to celebrate the good life. Saint-Amour is a must.
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