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Friday, 22 March 2013

Le Billig: Crêperie-bistro

Le Billig
As I was deciding what to do with my last few days in Quebec City, I focused on the food/places I wanted to try (obviously). Since I'm in the most French-speaking Canadian city, I decided that I must go try crêpes. I turned to Urbanspoon and did a quick search on where I could possibly find some delicious crêpes and finally decided to try Le Billig. They're located outside of Old Quebec, but the distance is walkable, and I read that a lot of locals come here too.

Without knowing that they open at 11am, we got there super early and took a walk around the area. It was definitely very different than the stores in Old Quebec. I love exploring areas where locals go and where it is not so tourist-y.

Because we waiter (or owner?) saw that we had waited so long for them to open, he served us some complimentary alcoholic apple cider. I forgot where he said it was from, but it sounded really special, and it tasted like no other apple cider I've tried. It was very refreshing and had a nice splash of citrus taste.

This small and cozy restaurant had a lot of neat designs and decorations. If you wish, you could even watch the chef make your crepes. They also serve a variety of alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) drinks.
Interior of Le Billig
Interior of Le Billig
Each order of crepes came with a side of fresh green salad. Of course, one of the first things that I noticed was the shape of the crepe. These ones were folded into a square shape while the Cafe Crepes and Japanese crepes I've had in Vancouver are in a triangle.
The Cannoise (Swiss and Ricotta cheese, spinach, poached egg, tomato, sauce, olives)
Thank goodness the olives were easy to pick out because I don't like olives. The egg was nicely poached, just the way I liked it.
 
The waiter also recommended the duck crepe as one of their most popular choices. It was filled with slices of duck meat and I was not surprised that this was one of their most popular crepes.
The Béarn (confit of duck, spinach, Swiss, goat cheese, onion marmalade)
Because we had the English version of the menu, I thought it was weird that they put in "au gratin with Migneron". But it turns on that "au gratin" is a culinary term that refers to "grating" and baking the toppings. Interesting.
The Savoyarde (Swiss cheese, potatos, onion, bacon, au gratin with Migneron)
Overall, a very good experience with friendly service. And my first time eating a square crepe. They're definitely not your traditional crepes and are different from Japanese crepes and crepes from Cafe crepe in Vancouver. They're much more crispier and slightly thinner. They do offer the typical butter/sugar/etc. crepes but you'd probably want to try something a bit more exciting as you can't do that in Vancouver!

Menu (click to enlarge):
 
Le Billig on Urbanspoon

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