01 August 2013

Fit for a Queen - St-Laurent Bar & Lounge: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac (Quebec City)

I celebrated American Independence at a castle in Quebec City!

This past 4th of July we decided to celebrate America's independence from Great Britain by visiting Canada!  We thought a visit to the St-Laurent Bar at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frotenac in Quebec City would be the perfect place to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with the appropriate pomp and circumstance fit for American royalty.


Cheers to America!  The Fairmont has a very nice cocktail menu.  We opted for a selection from the Modern Classics menu:

   1.   Bay area Daisy
   2.   Chinese Five-spice Fizz
   3.   The Green Park
   4.   Zimbali trophy
   5.   Célibataire
   6.   Acapulco Margarita
   7.   Cranberry cucumber Mojito
   8.   Sunset splash
   9.   Triple-Pepper caesar
 10.   Johnnie Walker Blue label
 11.    Royal Boulevardier
 12.   Desert springs (non-alcoholic)
 13.   Kiwi sapphire tonic
 14.   Piper-heidsieck Brut NV

Sunset Splash - $22/$29

This is the $29 Sunset Splash

"Vintage Barbadian rum, sophisticated Italian campari, luxurious French champagne—this cocktail brings together ingredients from all corners of the world adds a splash of splendor to your evening!"1

$22 Sunset Splash...I could not taste the difference!

If you want to try to make the Sunset Splash at home here is the recipe compliments of the Fairmont Hotel:

1 1⁄2 oz (45 mL) Mount Gay Silver Rum
3⁄4 oz (25 mL) fresh lemon juice
3⁄4 oz (25 mL) simple syrup
3⁄4 oz (25 mL) peach purée
1 1⁄2 oz (45 mL) Piper-Heidsieck Champagne 
1⁄4 oz (7 1⁄2 mL) Campari
Amarena cherry (garnish)

Cranberry Cucumber Mojito - $17

Cucumber, cranberry, mint, and rum make up this refreshing cocktail.  One is not enough!

Try to have just one, we dare you.

6 fresh or frozen cranberries (or 8 currants)
3 cucumber slices
3 mint sprigs
1 1⁄2 oz (45 mL) Mount Gay Silver Rum
3⁄4 oz (25 mL) fresh lime juice
3⁄4 oz (25 mL) simple syrup
1 oz (30 mL) cranberry juice
1 oz (30 mL) soda water
Cranberry (or currant) and cucumber slice (garnish)


We didn't want to eat anything too heavy since we were planning a big dinner so we decided to stick only eat the essential 'S' dishes: Salads, Soups and Scotch Eggs!

The Salads: Caesar Salad & Mixed Herb Salad

Both are quite tasty.  If you want a little bit more flavor then go with the Caesar.  If you are trying to stay healthy then stick to the mixed herb salad.
Fabulous Caesar...quite filling!

Caesar salad with bacon, egg and house made vinaigrette.

The Mixed Herb Salad, the healthier choice.

Mixed Salad and Fresh Herbs, Late Harvest Apple Vinegar and Sunflower Oil, Sweet Corn and Turmeric Loaf Crouton2


Cream of Squash soup with deep-fried "Ciel de Charlevoix" cheese filled raviolis.  This was ridiculously good.


Scotch Egg

I got all excited when I saw the Scotch Egg on the menu.  I had no idea what it was but since I am now a lover of Scotch, I decided to give it a try.

Definitely no Scotch inside!

The Fairmont's version of the Scotch Egg is a hard boiled quail egg wrapped in meat and breadcrumbs with red beet ketchup.  It was quite interesting.  You should try it.  


The entire hotel is going through a major renovation right now.  I can't wait to see the newly renovated space but I hope they leave the St-Laurent Bar alone.  There is something about it that just feels cozy.

St-Laurent Bar area...don't touch it!

Indoor Terrace Seating

Terrace area of St-Laurent Bar


We enjoy the Fairmont properties because we always have some type of royal experience.  Our visit to Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac was fit for a queen!

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