Friday, September 10, 2010

Restaurant SSS

Our last full day in Québec City brought some beautiful warm weather, and after wandering around the antique district we decided on a late lunch on the patio at Restaurant SSS, the casual offering from the owners of Toast.

Unlike the majority of the patios we encountered around the City, this one took up the entire sidewalk, and with no railings or barriers of any kind marking the place off, there was plenty of good people watching to be had.

With the restaurant offering a lovely 'in between lunch and dinner menu', with lots of tapas style items as well as a couple full plates, we had lots to choose from. Charles decided on a burger that would be served with fries, while I went for the salmon tartar with fries and salad. Drink wise we both decided an afternoon beer was in order, and each selected and a glass of blond ale from Archibald Microbrasserie, the house beer on tap.

Both our drinks and food arrived in good time, and we were left to it. Charles burger looked great, and apparently the taste matched - still moist and flavourful, the patty was cooked well, and with toppings like truffle aïoli, smoked cheddar and house made ketchup, the burger was a definite hit. My salmon tatar was equally nice, with the chives cutting through the rich salmon well, the black sesame seeds providing a nutty contrast, and the tempura hidden in the middle giving a welcome crunch to the dish. Combined with the avocado base, this was definitely a successful incorporation of some familiar sushi flavours and textures.

Content for more walking before our late dinner reservation at Panache, we lingered a little longer to enjoy our beer, the patio and the general atmosphere of the neighbourhood. With great menu items offered from lunch to late night, I don't think either of us would hesitate to return to this one.

A natural canopy of leaves just starting to turn orange

Restaurant SSS
71, Saint-Paul
Vieux-Port, Québec


A Canadian Foodie said...

How romantic... so beautiful... and relaxing.

Marianne and Charles said...

It was pretty lovely. I loved Québec for this - an automatic atmosphere almost anywhere. Thanks, Valerie.