I made reservations at La Buche via their online reservation system on the 13th. I specifically chose La Buche because I wanted to try some French Canadian Cuisine while we were in Quebec City. We left the Chateau Frontenac and walked down Rue Saint Louis which is the same street that our hotel is located on. The distance from the hotel to the restaurant is only 0.1 miles but with the cold pouring rain, the walk felt further.Once we arrived at La Buche, which in French means The Mouth, we were greeted by the host and after confirming our reservation, he escorted us to our table, which was by the window facing Rue Saint Louis. The interior of the restaurant is decorated like that of a sugar shack with winter and wilderness equipment on the walls for decoration. Since the building that the restaurant is located in is also old and made out of bricks and stones, both combinations of the historic building and the decorations really helped to set a warming ambience on this cold rainy evening. The first thing that was delivered to our table was pork rinds drizzled with maple syrup. Every table automatically gets this when they are seated. The staff here are friendly and playful and one even photobombed the picture I was taking of my parents. When our waitress came over to greet us and explain the menu, I ordered a bottle of red wine for the table. She went to grab the wine and water while I continued to review the menu.
My parents left me to order for the table so I chose the house poutine to start followed by the tomahawk pork chop and the black pudding. Our waitress, just to be sure, asked me if I knew what black pudding was. I confirmed that I knew that it was blood and that it was ok. Our waitress smiled when she heard that I knew it was blood, probably because the reaction that she generally gets from visitors from the US is quite different when they hear “blood”. Shortly after taking our order, our waitress came back with a jar of pickled beets and a basket of bread. The soft dinner rolls went well with the butter and tart pickled beets.La Buche has an open kitchen and you can easily see all of the action going on in the kitchen from any table in the area we were sitting. I saw a big tomahawk style slab of meat being plated so I figured that our food was coming up. When our food was delivered, I asked our waitress for another jar of pickled beets and we obliged without any hesitation. The house poutine was served in a cast iron skillet and was overflowing with potatoes, meat, curds and gravy. The tomahawk pork chop was served with a really tasty mustard sauce on top of potatoes and mixed veggies. The black pudding was served on top of potatoes and veggies as well but came topped with brown gravy. All three of the dishes were delicious but I liked the house poutine more. Poutine is a traditional Canadian dish, which comes in many variations, but the house poutine at La Buche in my opinion was a winner! There is something about cheese curds that makes the poutine special which I think would be totally lost with cheese. On a cold evening like tonight, you can’t go wrong with potatoes topped with cheese curds and then smothered with gravy and then topped with a ground meat mixture. Once our plates were cleared, we were offered dessert. I asked our waitress what she recommended, and she pointed to the “Pouting Du Chomeur” and said that it was their specialty. I replied that we would take one of those with three spoons. The ladies sitting in the table next to us did the Maple Taffy On Snow which the restaurant offers as dessert. They have a box of snow and the customers go over to the snow where they are given a popsicle stick with the maple taffy rolled onto it. Similar to the maple taffy show that we experienced and tasted earlier in the day but twice as more expensive. After paying our bill, I followed the signs downstairs to the bathroom. The bathroom at La Buche is definitely an attraction unto itself. In the center of the room is a bathtub which is the hand washing station. The coed facility has individual stalls around the perimeter which are completely covered in graffiti. My parents didn’t use the facility so I took the picture above to show them once I met them outside. La Buche serves hearty French Canadian Cuisine and I would highly recommend that anyone who visits Quebec City try it out. Their house poutine, is not to be missed when you visit. The meat topping changes frequently so be sure to ask what the topping of the day is before ordering. Both the bottle of wine and hearty filling food at La Buche, will easily warm anyone up on any cold rainy or snowy Canadian evening.