At our recent visit to the Lac-Leamy complex, we decided to sample the CAA-AAA five-diamond food and service at the Restaurant Le Baccara. Since the restaurant has had the Five-Diamond designation since 2001, we had high expectations. Happily, we were not to be disappointed!
We were welcomed with a smile and shown a table for two, strategically situated by the window, with a panoramic view of the lake. Our waiter, Jocelyn, arrived promptly to explain the menu. His recommendation, if we were "feeling adventurous": the five-course Chef's Tasting Menu ($95 per person), which he claimed would be full of "wonderful surprises", concocted by Chef Serge Rourre and his team. We accepted his suggestion, and decided to add the sommelier's wine pairings ($65 per person).
We were honestly enjoying ourselves too much to take note of the name of each course and it's accompanying wine, but all were presented with panache, and carefully explained to us by the serving staff and Danielle, the sommelier. The main dish, an ostrich steak, was both exotic and delicious (see photo).
Perfectly-plated Ostrich Steak!
What really impressed me, though, was the attention to detail and the top-notch service. Case in point: when I got up midway through the meal to visit the restroom, the staff took advantage of my brief absence to replace my table napkin with a fresh one, folded neatly at my place. When I returned, someone was instantly behind me, to pull out my chair for me. Amazing and unobtrusive, the service is truly five-star, and the food, while not cheap, was both exquisitely delectable and adventurous, just as Jocelyn promised.