(we walked through earlier the next day for the above two pictures)
Tucking into a spot on the patio that was perfect for people watching, a glass of Leffe Brown was quickly ordered for each of us. Food wise we decided on the rabbit and duck for two, a plate that included rabbit and duck leg confit, rabbit rillette, rabbit sausage, duck foie gras and smoked duck fillet.
Our plate appeared in no time, and upon its arrival I was glad that we had foregone appetizers - there was a lot to get through. Our favourites were easily the confit duck and rabbit, however the rabbit rillette was a close second for me, while Charles really enjoyed the smokiness of the fatty duck fillet. Other notables on the plate included preserved carrots and onions, some crispy bread full of seeds and nuts, and a lovely salad of herbs and fennel that cut through the richness of the plate nicely.
With Lapin Sauté's location smack dab in the middle of the touristy Quartier Petit Champlain, we were soon treated to an evening of harp playing by this gentleman...
How could you not linger for dessert?
Charles was all in for the maple créme brûlée, while I opted for a maple whisky. We were sad to find the créme brûlée lacking in the crackly top, however the custard was smooth and full of maple flavour as promised. My whisky was lovely, sweet and warm, and with the blanket provided on the back of my chair, we were able to sit and relax during our first evening in town.
Lapin Sauté seems to have struck a nice balance, accommodating both locals and tourists with good food and a dreamy atmosphere. Although we found more favourable spots as the week went on, neither of us would hesitate to return to the restaurant on our next visit.
Le Lapin Sauté
52, rue du Petit-Champlain