Canada is only 150 years old, but it has a broad range of food joints, incorporating cultures from all over the world. Cards are accepted at most places you’ll eat, aside from street vendors. Tipping is customary for any kind of table service, even just a beer at the bar. Standard tipping is 15-20%.
Le Chic Shack – $$ – 9/10
Lunch – Dinner
15 Fort St, Québec City, QC G1R 3Z8
One of Canada’s own famous dishes is Poutine. It’s a Québécois dish originally made with French fries, cheese curds and topped with gravy.
Apparently the best place to get poutine is in Quebec. We tried some down by Quebec City port, in a cafe opposite the Château Frontenac, Chic Shack.
I’ve had Poutine in Ontario in various restaurants and street food joints, but nothing like proper Quebec Poutine. The cheese curds were more like the texture of Halloumi, actually squeaking when you bite down. The potatoes were roasted and halved, and remained crunchy with a fluffy inside, even though they were soaked in the delicious gravy at the bottom of the bowl. Top notch.
I would say it couldn’t get much better, but it did. Chic shack have an incredible selection of milkshakes. We tried the Salted Maple Caramel and 70% Dark Chocolate flavours, which were served in an almost pint sized glass jars. Hands down one of the best milkshakes I’ve ever had, and some of the most authentic Poutine you can get in Quebec.