Lorraine Mallinder

Correspondent

  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lorraine Mallinder is a correspondent based in Montreal who covers the region for Forbes Travel Guide. Originally from a fishing village in the north of Scotland, she has lived and worked in a number of places, including the Gaza Strip, Mexico City, London, Brussels and, now, Montreal. As a freelancer, she has contributed to the BBC, Radio Canada, Global Post, The Irish Times and many other outlets. She loves long, rambling conversations and tea.

  • On January 9, 2014
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    How do I get a reservation at Panache?

    Panache is capacious and more than able to accommodate both Auberge Saint-Antoine’s guests and diners coming from outside. If you’re staying at the hotel, you can make a reservation when you check in at the front desk. Or you could always talk to a concierge, who will be more than happy to reserve a spot at the restaurant for you and your party.

    Reservations are encouraged, especially for weekend brunches, which are hugely popular — just call 418-692-1022. It’s also worth making a reservation during the busy Christmas/New Year season. The Quebec restaurant gives top priority to the hotel’s guests during this period, offering a special Christmas menu. 

    And if you’re staying at the Auberge, feel free to order room service from Panache from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • On January 9, 2014
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    What is the dress code at Panache?

    There is no dress code at Auberge Saint-Antoine's Panache per se, but casual elegance is definitely the way to go. In the bright, airy ambiance of breakfasts and lunchtimes, smart jeans and blouses or button-down shirts would be perfectly acceptable. In the more intimately-lit evenings, you can spruce up with some slacks and a jacket. A tie wouldn’t look out of place, but isn’t an absolute necessity. Ladies, feel free to turn up the glamour with an evening dress and jewelry. Dining at Panache is a special occasion, an opportunity to push the boat out, so the extra effort is warranted. Locals and tourists alike come for the Quebec restaurant’s sophisticated and intimate feel. It’s the perfect place for a romantic tête-à-tête where you’ll want to look your best.
  • On January 9, 2014
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    Where is Panache located?

    Panache is located at Auberge Saint-Antoine in the heart of Quebec’s Old Port. The 19th-century building’s features have been lovingly preserved, with original stone walls and wooden beams crisscrossing the ceiling and no shortage of windows all around. In the summer, you can enjoy the view on the patio. In the winter, a central fireplace adds to the cozy intimacy of the premises. Diners enter through the Auberge — from the main entrance, swing a left through the bar area and head up the steps to Panache’s curtained entrance. After dinner, you might want to rewind back to the Auberge’s bar, Café-Bar Artefact, to continue the evening over a nightcap or two, perhaps while listening to a live jazz performance (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8-11 p.m.).
  • On January 9, 2014
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    What’s the best time to visit Auberge Saint-Antoine?

    With its cozy, winding streets, period stonework and old-fashioned lampposts, Quebec City seems to have been conceived for winter, which makes it the best time to visit Auberge Saint-Antoine. During the festive season, from late November to the end of December, the Old Port hosts a Christmas Market, selling local products in a magical setting. Auberge Saint-Antoine offers a Christmas package featuring a city tour in a horse-drawn carriage, Christmas brunch and movie screenings in its auditorium.

    Later in winter, the Quebec Winter Carnival (January 31 to February 16) is a major attraction, with its shows, ice sculptures and microbrewery beer festival.

    Summer is also a great time to enjoy the city, whether ambling through the fortified city (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), attending the Quebec City Summer Festival (held at the beginning of July, the festival features international headline acts such as The Black Keys) or simply going for a bike ride along the Saint Lawrence River — the bike trail is literally on the Auberge’s doorstep. In the fall, the Jazz Festival (second half of October) pulls in the crowds, with the Quebec hotel playing a central role, hosting events in its auditorium and performances in the bar area.
  • On January 9, 2014
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    What restaurants does Auberge Saint-Antoine have?

    Auberge Saint-Antoine's Panache has built a citywide reputation for gourmet dining. Located in a 19th-century riverside warehouse amid stone walls and sturdy wooden beams, it has a relaxed, airy feel. Emphasis is placed on seasonal products, many freshly sourced from Panache’s farm on Île d'Orléans. Its menu features high-end comfort food such as foie gras with quince and salted caramel ice cream — both a must.

    The Quebec hotel restaurant is open daily for breakfast from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. (Saturdays and Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m.), lunch from noon to 2 p.m., and evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended, especially for Friday and Saturday nights and weekend brunch, which includes sophisticated fare such as braised duck and lobster bisque. It’s also worth making a reservation for dining during the busy Christmas/New Year period. Call 418-692-1022 to book your table or visit OpenTable.com to make a reservation. 

    Café-Bar Artefact, by the main entrance, offers a more casual dining experience on leather easy chairs or by a roaring fire in one of the alcoves. While you’re enjoying your oysters or beef carpaccio, you might want to try one of the speciality cocktails. The bar features live jazz performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 to 11 p.m.
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  • On November 11, 2013
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    What are the rooms like at Le Bonne Entente?

    Le Bonne Entente has rooms to suit a range of different tastes, from the executive style of the business rooms, with ample desks and uncluttered walls, to the more romantic cocooning rooms with patterned wallpaper and warm lighting. The newer Terzo rooms are simple and elegant, furnished in chocolate brown and white. The beds, with duvet mattresses, promise a restful night. Bathrooms feature raised sinks and glass-enclosed steam showers. The Urbania wing at the Quebec City hotel offers luxury, loft-style suites, with silken Italian linen, dark wood furnishings and what has to be the king of bathrooms, featuring a massage bath and a multi-jet shower with sauna, light therapy and aromatherapy options.
  • On November 11, 2013
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    What is the design style of Le Bonne Entente?

    The styles contained within the multi-faceted Le Bonne Entente are varied, ranging from boardroom serious in the business rooms to elegantly whimsy in the cocooning rooms. But, the overall effect at the property is one of simple, first-class design, the sort of thing you’d expect to find in a city hotel, rather than a suburban setting. The sophisticated comforts, from the television in the Terzo rooms’ bathroom mirrors to the high-tech showers in the Urbania suites, offer an upscale experience in a coolly refined contemporary setting. With ample opportunity to work, play and chill, the Quebec City hotel is the ideal address for goal-focused corporate groups.
  • On November 11, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit Le Bonne Entente?

    In the warmer months around Le Bonne Entente, guests can enjoy La Tempête golf club, the outdoor swimming pool and the resort-style ambience of the Napa Grill, which is located on the hotel terrace with a view overlooking the pool and hotel gardens. The prospect of being able to cycle into Old Quebec to explore the colonial fortress town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at your leisure, is also a bonus. However, the Quebec City hotel still has much to offer in winter, whether it be a drink by the fireplace in the lounge or a trip to the next-door spa, Amerispa Health Center, for a dip in the hot tub. Luckily, it doesn’t matter if temperatures are frigid or fabulous for a trip up highway 73N to enjoy the year-round outdoor pursuits — hiking, canoeing, skiing and other activities — at Jacques Cartier National Park.
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