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Bistro Parisien - Le Cafe du Monde: A Nice Riverside View
Our group was hosted for dinner at the Cafe du Monde, located on the north bank of the St. Lawrence River in the Vieux (Old) Quebec part of the city. As with everything in the city, if you are staying in the downtown core, it was a pleasant evening walk in the warm summer air (25 C) through streets bustling with happy tourists.
It is a happening place, with an outdoor concert underway by the time we had finished our meal. We had a great seating spot too, sitting looking out a large window onto the river in one direction and with a huge topographical map of the world in the other. As I sat there, I was amazed to see a huge Great Lakes cargo ship heading upriver toward Montreal. It was really moving along with someone on a jet-ski beside it barely able to keep up. Only a few days before, a similar freighter had run over a 50-foot sailboat that had been sailing erratically in the river. Despite the ship blowing its horn, the sailboat never made a move - result 2 drowned and 2 rescued (they suspect the sailboat helmsman fell asleep).
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Cafe du Monde: Parisian Style on the St. Lawrence
Not quite sure why this is Cafe du Monde - should be the Cafe du Paris!
Part of "Le Groupe Restos Plaisirs" which also includes Le Cochon Dingue, Le Lapin Saute and Jaune Tomate, Le Cafe du Monde is located on the waterfront, near Old Port. In nice weather, you can eat out on the balcony, or stay inside and watch the ships along the river.
Service in this restaurant was the best we'd experienced in Quebec (although that's actually not saying much).
Favorite Dish: I had the mussels trio - excellent! A dish each of mussels marinara, mussels Madagascar and mussels Provencal - all very good.
We ordered the $1 truffles for dessert, but the waiter misunderstood and brought us the profiteroles with chocolate sauce, a delicious mistake! Go crazy with the chocolate sauce - we did! One lady was also having them as we left and asked for barely a drop of sauce! We didn't understand.
Bistro Parisien - Le Cafe du Monde: Another Great Salmon Meal !
Favorite Dish: This restaurant serves a great variety of food, and at quite reasonable prices too! For my evening meal, I started off with Belgian Leffe beer before switching to South African Pinotage red wine for the meal itself. My starter was Baby Spinich Salad with grated Blue Cheese (C$4.75) and the delicious main course was Pan-seared Salmon with Onion & Ginger salsa topped with fresh tomatoes (C$16). It also came with mashed potatoes and crispy squash. It was a very enjoyable meal and a great night out on a beautiful summer evening.
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