During the Christmas Holidays, we were in Quebec City for a three day family getaway. I did some research to find traditional French Canadian fare and we ended up at Le Lapin Saute. The cute restaurant is nestled in the middle of the Rue de Petit-Champlain in the old part of Quebec City. Seating only 32 patrons at a time, we were lucky to fit in last minute brunch reservations for the seven of us.
The atmosphere is warming from the moment you step inside. Stone walls, large wood beams, old antiques and a fireplace bring in a nice coziness with the snowy outdoor backdrop.
Le Lapin Saute is known for their rabbit dishes (duh!) so we ordered accordingly. Their lunch menu changes daily depending on seasonal availability. Our table was a mix of breakfast and lunch eaters. I had “Our Gourmand” eggs fried in maple syrup with a crepe, bacon, ham and sausage. A modern take on the cabane à sucre brunch and it was delicious. The egg was infused with maple syrup and sat in a skillet which was perfect for dipping the crepe.
Others ordered “A Picnic for Two”: Homemade rabbit “rillettes”, apples and beets salad, grilled garlic, herb focaccia, croutons with tapenade and La Sauvagine cheese, smoked salmon, preserved carrots and onions.
And of course, my husband ordered rabbit poutine with cheese curds and two mustard sauces which he devoured. He is a big fan of poutine and tries to order it everywhere we go in Montreal!
*How cute is my Dad grinding pepper out of their huge carrot shaped pepper mill!*
Le Lapin Saute is a definite MUST GO if you are visiting Quebec City. The food is delicious, staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is quaintly Quebec.