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Le Clocher Penché

Posted on 11 Nov, 2013 in Food | 3 comments

Last Thursday, I had lunch at Le Clocher Penché. This restaurant is on the corner of St. Joseph-Est and Caron streets in Québec City’s St Roch neighborhood. Slightly outside of the historic heart of the city, the only tourists here are those who have done their homework.

Le Clocher Penché 2

I am a sucker for salmon, so the salmon tartare was the obvious choice when I picked up the midday menu. And I was not disappointed. It was a healthy portion – always a plus for this eater – with a delicate taste. It came with marinated, multi-colored beets, and shards of grapefruit that set off the flavor of the salmon. My tartare was preceded by an impressive house salad, but I must admit that I coveted my associate’s cream of broccoli soup.

I had made a reservation the night before, a precaution that turned out to be absolutely necessary; they were turning away walk-in traffic. My chair was backed up to the restaurant’s western windows which acted like a kaleidoscope, casting a pattern of shadow and light onto the white tablecloth in front of me.

Le Clocher Penché 3The bistro takes its name from Notre-Dame de Jacques-Cartier church which is situated on the opposite corner. Its leaning bell tower – clocher penché – inclines ever so slightly toward the back of the church. Built in 1851, this church was one of the only buildings to survive a fire that ravaged the St. Roch and St. Sauveur neighborhoods on October 14, 1866.

I recommend this restaurant highly. I will go back as soon as I can.



  1. I laughed in your allusion intended for your students: very funny! Without the tartars, what is on the menu ?

  2. Neil,

    ET que penser des déjeuners de la fin de semaine. Originaux, copieux et délicieux. Je te les recommande fortement.

    Merci, Denis Laberge

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