Foodie Finds – Le Clocher Penche Bistrot in Quebec City

Travel Tips for Quebec, City, Quebec, Canada
Recommended by Viv and Jill – WAVEJourney

Foodie Finds – Le Clocher Penche Bistrot in Quebec City

If you seek out quaint, local restaurants and bistros serving up fresh, regional ingredients when travelling, Le Clocher Penche Bistrot in Quebec City is definitely the place to experience. Their name, Le Clocher Penche, means bent bell tower, and said bell tower is part of the church located right across the street from the bistro.

Thankfully, you won’t find too many tourists filling the tables in this bustling, casual, European-style bistro as the primary customers are Saint-Roch neighborhood locals. Although we didn’t hear too much English being spoken by fellow patrons (locals were busy conversing in French), we non-French speakers were presented with menus in English and enjoyed a convivial evening of friendly banter with our bi-lingual wait staff.

Super Friendly Serving Staff at La Clocher Penche Bistrot

Super Friendly Serving Staff at La Clocher Penche Bistrot

Co-owner and chef, Mathieu Brisson, explained to us that Le Clocher Penche Bistrot sources their menu ingredients from Quebec farmers and producers, bringing in the freshest products available. As such, the innovative menus change on a regular basis to feature fresh, seasonal products.

The First Bite Starter - Homemade Fresh Cheese with Figs

The First Bite Starter – Homemade Fresh Cheese with Figs

Our meal at Le Clocher Penche Bistrot was definitely a highlight of our visit to Quebec City, and each course that we savored was better than the last. We were delighted with the exquisite flavors of each mouthful of our 3-course meal. Our taste buds were tantalized, encouraging us to linger over each dish as long as we possibly could, not wanting this incredible dining experience to end.

The First Bite Starter - Crab Bisque

The First Bite Starter – Crab Bisque

From the impressive and extensive wine list, sommelier and co-owner, Thomas Pandey, suggested wines to accompany our various course selections. Thomas chose a Colline Teatine Bianco from Italy which was delicious with both of our first courses, Homemade fresh cheese with figs and Crab bisque.

Shall We Continue? Main Course - La Cocotte for Two

Shall We Continue? Main Course – La Cocotte for Two Served Tableside

A crisp and lively Vaquer Rivesaltes Hors d’Age Ambré from France was the perfect accompaniment to our main course, La Cocotte – a fish and shellfish stew in a white wine and saffron broth, served in a ceramic dish for two people.

La Cocotte - Fish and Shellfish Stew Served with Potatoes and Asparagus

La Cocotte – Fish and Shellfish Stew Served with Potatoes and Asparagus

The icing on the cake came with the pairing of a lovely 2009 La Petite Baigneuse Maury with our desserts of Black chocolate ganache and a Quebec cheese platter.

For the Sweet Tooth Dessert - Black Chocolate Ganache

For the Sweet Tooth Dessert – Black Chocolate Ganache, Breton Shortbread, Banana Puree, White Chocolate Sour Cream, Caramelized Hazelnuts

Quebec Cheese Plate

Quebec Cheese Plate – Three Local Artisan Cheeses with Nuts and Dried Fruit

We will return to fascinating and impressive Quebec City for many, many reasons. An authentic and memorable dinner at La Clocher Penche Bistrot is certainly one of them.

Bon Appetit!

Viv and Jill
AKA: WJ

If You Go:

Note: In Quebec City You May Also Enjoy Dining at Louis Hebert or Laurie Raphael.

P.S. To read more fabulous food blog posts visit the blog round up at Traveling with MJ

 

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