Panache was one of the first restaurants on my to-try list when I started researching Quebec City. It topped almost every must-try list in the city, and I lucked out with a reservation.
Dubbed as an "upmarket European farm-to-table fare restaurant served in a historic warehouse," this restaurant is absolutely beautiful. Giant windows let tons of sunlight spill inside, and mismatched chairs pair together perfectly. Wooden beams and exposed stone mix with soft, frilly features and industrial or earthy vibes. Very cool.
We were seated and gave our drink order. I ended up getting a cafe au lait, as well as an orange juice. Again, coffee is big here and basically assumed along with every meal.
We were brought some toast, along with butter and preserves. The raspberry preserves, in particular, were super good. I slathered it along with butter across a crisp piece of toast. Delish.
We were presented with the brunch menu, and I ordered the "saumon fumé, gaufre de pommes de terre à l’aneth, salade d’herbes 22,00." Haha, just kidding. That is smoked salmon, potato waffle with dill, herb salad.
When it came out, it was like this sort of deconstructed salmon bagel. A line of smoked salmon lined the plate with little triangles of a potato chive waffle, slivers of red onion and capers. Plus a little dollop of creme fraiche. Definitely tasty. All those classic flavors together - but with a fluffy waffle square.
This place was just lovely. The experience, the service, the food ... and especially the company :)