Champlain at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Champlain - High Tea
1 Rue des Carrières
Quebec City, QC G1R 4P5
The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is probably the most outstanding icon that Quebec City has. Because it is the "Most photographed hotel in the world", there's hardly anything new you can do with it that most tourists haven't already done. However, did you know that you could have Afternoon High Tea in the castle!? Cause that's exactly what we did!
As I walked towards the restaurant (completely under-dressed), you could see just how stunning everything in the Hotel was. The restaurant itself has a cheese room to the side and a wine hall. A fucking wine hall. Cellars are so 2000's, welcome to the 2010's.
Our server was outstanding and we sat down right by the balcony to get a pretty nice view. They start you off by ordering your tea. They had a nice number of Indian teas and some Chinese ones. Very exotic sounding ones that a simpleton like myself doesn't see anywhere (let alone order). I settled on an Indian spiced tea with cinnamon, while the wifey chose a Chai with milk. The names are escaping me, but honestly, you'll see for yourself.
Almost immediately after receiving your tea, you are presented with a standing structure that houses 3 floors of finger foods and high tea sandwiches. Meant as just bite sized tastes, you actually end up quite filled by the end. They had tastings like smoked salmon, cucumber sandwiches, ham salad, cheese, shrimp tarts, and blue cheese lollipops. Loved the smoked salmon and the shrimp tarts, while the others were good too. Hated the blue cheese lollipops. So strong, but then again, some people would probably love it (like weirdos who love moldy cheese...).
Oh, and did I mention scones. Now, I fucking hate scones, but these things were just so darn good. Warm, fluffy, flaky, and comes accompanied with real honey, strawberries, orange marmalade, and whipped butter.
Our server told us not to get too full because they have a buffet of desserts in the middle of the place. As we walked over, it was just a beautiful array of macarons, cakes, truffles, puddings, chocolates, etc. The way a man looks at a beautiful woman; that is how these women must have viewed this dessert buffet. It was incredible. My wife went bananas on everything without so much as looking in my direction the entire time.
It's insane just how royal you feel walking down the halls towards the back of the lobby (where the restaurants and bar is located). The Restaurant Champlain is drop dead gorgeous inside and made for those who are so much more well-dressed than I was. I was looking like an American tourist with full on shorts and a tee. Despite how I felt, the service was completely welcoming. Loved everything about it, and I ain't even the fancy kind myself. If you are looking for something special to do (to impress a girl...or guy?), take them to Champlain for High Tea. No regrets.
Ambience: A+ | Service: A | Price: A- | Food: B+