I found Chez Jules online while we were still in Toronto and made reservations for dinner tonight via YP Dine. The reviews were good and so were the pictures of the food and menu that were uploaded to Yelp by previous diners. I received a message from YP Dine asking me to confirm that we were still going to make our reservation. I confirmed the reservation via the confirmation link in the email. Reconfirming reservation seems to be the norm with YP Dine because I’ve received a reconfirmation email for every restaurant that I reserved via YP while we were in Canada. I’m not sure what happens if one does not reconfirm but I didn’t want to find out so I reconfirmed or canceled when prompted to by YP Dine the day before the reservation date.When we arrived at Chez Jules, which is pretty much across from the Chateau Frontenac, a little early, but we were seated immediately. Our waiter greeted us in French but I totally froze and forgot my French and he smiled and switched to English. The problem was, the hostess greeted us with bonjour but I was going to say bonsoir since it was evening, now the waiter greeted us with bonsoir instead of bonjour like the hostess, so I was totally caught off guard and totally tongue tied. At each table, was a jar of cornichon and water was served at each table in a glass bottle. When our waiter came back, I ordered red wine and the charcuterie and cheese platter to share. Service seemed relaxed and not rushed at all. After our wine arrived, we went ahead and ordered our main courses. My mom ordered the Sole Meuniere Fillet, dad ordered the Braised Beef Cheek A La Bourguignonne and I went with the Grilled Flank Steak With Shallots And French Fries aka Steak Frites. Shortly afterwards, our appetizer platter arrived. The charcuterie and cheese platter was visually stunning and came with foie gras. While I’m not a fan of foie gras generally, I ate it anyways. Since California banned foie gras couple of years ago, I figured I might as well enjoy it where I can. The cheese and charcuterie went really well with the cornichon and the bread that was brought out earlier. We put the meat and cheese in between the bread to make little sandwiches. I’m not sure if that is the right way to eat it but that was the way I like to eat it. My money my way! The pickled onions that came along on the platter and the cornichon helped a lot to balance the fatty meat and foie gras. I think we ate about half of the cornichons in the jar. Shortly after we finished the appetizer platter, out main courses arrived. The simplest dish was my mom’s Sole Meuniere Fillet but I thought it tasted the best out of the three main dishes. There is something about French cooking and butter sauce on fish that just can not be beat! My dads Braised Beef Cheek A La Bourguignonne was ok. Very tender from the braising in red wine. My steak and fries were fine but I was expecting something closer to traditional style steak frites than what I got. You can never go wrong with hearty meat and fried potatoes! The french fries came with a side of mayonnaise based sauce which I prefer over ketchup. We all went around sharing the three dishes and in my opinion, by mom’s dish was number 1. Our plates were promptly cleared when we were finished and then our waiter came back to see if we wanted dessert. I considered ordering the chocolate mousse but I ordered the creme brûlée to share instead since both my parents are not a big fan of chocolate. The creme brûlée arrived with a madeleine cookie garnish and the sugar on top of the custard was perfectly caramelized. There is nothing worst than a creme brûlée with gritty un-caramelized sugar like the very first creme brûlée that I had in Paris in 1997. One thing that did surprise me was that the custard below was only a thin layer. I was expecting a deep layer of custard which is common in the US but from what I have read and heard from others, true creme brûlée is supposed to have a thin layer of custard so that the caramelized sugar on top and the creamy custard on the bottom are in harmony. The creme brûlée was good and just the right size since we were quite full from the appetizer and the main course.
By the time we were finished and paid our bill, the restaurant had become busy and full. There is seating outside in the front patio but not very many takers with tonights cold weather. I would defiantly recommend Chez Jules if your looking for French Cuisine while your in Quebec City. They also have daily specials Monday through Friday which consists of traditional French Food like frog legs, cassoulet and bouillabaisse.