“Time is our most precious commodity, and there are conveniences that wealth brings to essentially get you more time. —retired Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, explaining why he commutes via private jet from his Seattle home to watch games of the Los Angeles Clippers, the basketball team he bought last year for $2 billion. ”
A Winner in Quebec
Elegant and effervescent, Quebec City’s Restaurant Le Saint-Amour is where haute cuisine meets the Moulin Rouge. (Cirque du Soleil is based nearby, after all, and its members frequently dine here.) Housed in former stables reborn in 1978 as a three-story atrium, the restaurant offers one of the most impressive dining experiences in eastern Canada.
Famed executive chef Jean-Luc Boulay produces standout dishes such as homemade terrine of duck foie gras with armagnac whole confit and truffle; smoked salmon with caviar; shellfish and smoked halibut broth with lemongrass infusion; savory red doe with braised beets carpaccio; and organic duck with apple purée from nearby Isle de Orleans.
Desserts–such as the Valrhona éclair and raspberry sauce with house-made black cherry, raspberry and pistachio sorbet–are equally sublime. Service is precise and friendly.
Restaurant Le Saint-Amour
48 Sainte-Ursule, Quebec City, Canada, (418) 694-0667, www.saint-amour.com.