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Entourage Sur le Lac – Best Meal on a Construction Site, Hands Down

Quebec - Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

In 2017 the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) was hosted by Quebec City and as usual it was an outstanding success from every point of view. It’s hard to think of a more iconic hotel to play host than the Chateau Frontenac or a more historic venue than old Quebec. After the conference I joined five other TMAC members for a two day stay at the Hôtel Le Bonne Entente where the main attraction to me was a chance to play La Tempête golf course which recently hosted a Champions Tour event. I’ll be writing more about that experience in an upcoming post, but first I want to describe an absolutely unique meal we were treated to at the Entourage Sur le Lac resort on Lake Beauport.

What made the experience unique you might ask? Well, the Entourage Sur le Lac won’t be open for business for many months and right now is essentially a construction site. If you follow this link you’ll get an idea of what the hotel will look like when it opens in September. However, the site we visited was completely different. Here are a few shots of the Entourage Sur le Lac as it looked two days ago.

Entourage Sur le Lac Under construction
Entourage Sur le Lac Under construction
Entourage Sur le Lac Under Construction 2
Entourage Sur le Lac Under Construction 2

Not exactly the type of place you would expect to find a fine dining experience, but as we were escorted around the property by our host Johanne Therrien, champagne in hand, we came around a corner and saw this.

This Looks Promising
This Looks Promising

The table was set for nine.

The Dinner Setting, Entourage Sur le Lac
The Dinner Setting

Two young chefs were hard at work in an improvised kitchen. That’s deer tartare being prepared on the left and a version of Caprese salad using only Quebec grown ingredients. In addition there were oysters with a parmigiano and panko topping, gourmet cheeses from Charlevoix and Hamachi Carpaccio, all for starters. These were accompanied by a brilliant Pouilly Fuisée from Burgundy and a Frei Brothers cab from Sonoma. I’m sure by now you a really feeling sorry for the bunch of us.

Chefs Hard at Work
Chefs Hard at Work

All of this was just a lead-in to the piece de resistance, an amazing Canadian Surf & Turf made from Ïles de la Madelaine lobster claws.

Iles de la Madelaine lobster claws
Iles de la Madelaine lobster claws

Alberta braised beef.

Braise Alberta Beef
Braise Alberta Beef

Throw in homemade Bio Cavatelli pasta et voilà, a masterpiece of Canadian cooking.

Canadian Surf & Turf, Entourage Sur le Lac
Canadian Surf & Turf

More great wines followed as well as fresh strawberries and a maple syrup crumble. How much more Canadian can you get?

Superb Wines
Superb Wines

As if the food was not enough, our meal was accompanied by a really good local singer who sang favourites songs from the sixties and seventies – in English. By the time we good to the dessert course we were all joining in to Cat Stevens, Elton John and Billy Joel. That’s new TMAC President Grant Fraser following along.

 

Live Entertainment
Live Entertainment

Overall, our experience at Entourage Sur le Lac was a definite highlight of the conference and an example of why Alison and I love coming to Quebec – the fresh local ingredients that are the staple of fine Quebecois cuisine, simply can’t be matched anywhere else in the country.

I’ll be happy to return to Entourage Sur le Lac once it opens. I can barely wait to see what these chefs could do with a real kitchen.

All of the photos for this post were taken with an iPhone.


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