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article imageOp-Ed: Table Restaurant - A Sampling Treat in Quebec City Special

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By Bryen Dunn     Oct 19, 2011 in Travel
Quebec - Recently I had the opportunity to stay at the Hotel Pur in Quebec City and popped into Table to grab a drink at the bar located on the premises.
It’s quite common for guests to sidestep their hotel bar and restaurant for other establishments in the area, for various reason. Some may think they’ll get a more local experience elsewhere, or others may think the prices will be overinflated. The overly spacious minimalistic concept within Table almost has an industrial feel, yet the wood crafted accompaniments still give it a welcoming feel upon entering. I was pleasantly surprised at the overall vibe happening, the friendliness of the staff, and the selection of cocktails created exclusively for the bar.
After perusing the cocktail menu, I settled on a Blue Martini with Vermouth, Curaçao, cane syrup, and lime. Delicious and colorful! I decided to try one other specialty creation and went with Sex on the Beach 2.0, a magical combination of Skyy Vodka, Chambord, Midori, pineapple, and cranberry juices. Doubly delicious! The horseshoe shaped bar and floor to ceiling windows provided a somewhat panoramic view of the bustling streets outside in the trendy Saint-Roch district.
While sipping my bountiful cocktails I had a chance to view the dinner menu and decided to head back that evening to sample the samplers. Table was recently revamped from a breakfast only casual eatery, to a more sophisticated dining and cocktail environment. The overall concept for dinner service is to order several snack size items that are suitable for sharing with your dining companions, or total strangers.
The thought of sitting down alone at a communal table for 20, and then ordering and sampling a bunch of random menu items with others may seen rather unusual, but it’s actual a concept that has been catching on at a few different places as of late. In actuality this works well, especially in a restaurant located within a hotel, as many travelers are on the road solo and this provides them an opportunity to mingle with others instead of having to dine alone. As for what’s on the menu, I found it hard to really categorize any specific style as it really ranges across the gamut of palatable tastes. Similarly, the extensive international wine list selection included 15 by the glass, and even more by the bottle.
Personally, I like to go for something unique to the location I’m in or try something that I most definitely hadn’t heard of before. How about some Grilled Japanese Octopus and Roasted Figs? I must say that some of the items aren’t really made for sharing with others, such as the Cauliflower Soup with Snow Crab I started with. I also hankered down to a nice helping of the Forest Mushroom Pot Pie with a puffed flakey covering. The Mom’s Mac N Cheese baked with black truffles is also a great stomach stuffer. Other items like the homemade fries and Chicken Lollipops are most definitely sharing fan favorites. The homemade ice cream is a highly recommended closer to the meal. I found there to be a good mix of locals and visitors from afar, making for one cross-continental dining experience.
I also had the opportunity to enjoy breakfast the two mornings I was there, and this time I chose a table for two alongside the window since I’m not very social first thing in the morning. I must say I could have just sat and drank coffee all day out of the stainless steel mugs. The spinach, goat cheese, and roasted tomato omelette was done to perfection, while the Poached Egg Rancheros served quesadilla style with four cheese, salsa and guacamole made me want to order a second helping the moment I was done. Overall, by sitting in different areas of Table I honestly felt like I had experienced a different establishment during each of my visits. This is a very unique dining experience, and most definitely worth a visit when in Quebec City. Check into the Hotel Pur and make a full night or weekend of it.
Table Restaurant - 395, de la Couronne Street, 418.647.2458
Open Daily 6:30AM to 10PM for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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