We signed up for a gourmet walking tour around Quebec City, and were a little wary as the tour description did not give too many details other than there were be 5-8 stops over three hours. We did not know if the tour would be a progressive dinner with wine, which is what we were hoping for, or just several stops and having appetizers and wine.
We started our evening at a maple syrup retail store and cafe. On the upper level was a small museum with the history of maple syrup production in Quebec. At the cafe we sampled maple syrup tea with a caprese bite with maple balsamic, both were very good. We also confirmed with our guide that they had vegetarian and pescatarian options at our upcoming stops, which our guide confirmed.
The next stop was at a farm to table French Bistro, connected to a hotel in the upper town section of Old Quebec City. The hotel/restaurant has a rooftop garden and fresh honey supply which we were able to sample fresh honeycomb during our visit. We sampled a bite of local cheese, carrot purée, pate and diced fresh vegetables for the vegetarian option. The owner sat with us and talked about the farm to table and fresh dishes while our food was paired with a local white wine.
The next stop on our dining adventure around Quebec City was at Continental, an an old world, upscale restaurant where people often go for celebrations. We had a table at the front of the restaurant with a view of the street. Our food, flambayed shrimp, that was prepared table-side, which was fun to watch the food being cooked in front of you. There were other tables which the food was being prepared table-side, but was told not all dishes come this way. We had a white wine paired with our shrimp, rice and vegetable dish. It was a great meal and experience.
Our next stop took us into lower town Quebec, river level. Our guide gave us some history and pointed our sites and buildings as we made our way to Auberge St-Antoine Hotel and Chez Muffy Restaurant. Arberge St-Antoine is a boutique hotel that is partially located in restored warehouses and displays some of the artifacts found on-site. The restaurant offers a romantic atmosphere while keeping the warehouse feel with exposed walls and beams. We were given a French red wine that was paired with steak and vegetables. The vegetarian dish was potatoes three ways. A wonderful meal. The manager also let us sample iced, local cider after the meal and tour the multi-story restaurant. A must visit on your trip to Quebec.
Our tour ended at the Place Royale at a cafe on the square. The cafe had a wide assortment of macaroons for us to select from, plus a brownie and cafe. We sat outside in the square and enjoyed the atmosphere.
If you are looking for a progressive dinner while getting history of the city, this is the tour for you.