Le Monastère des Augustines
77 Rue des Remparts
Photo courtesy of Le Monastere Des Augustines
Le Monastère des AugustinesWho would have expected that an ancient order of nuns would be generating buzz in Québec City's restaurant scene? The Augustinian Sisters have been present in the city since the 17th century, devoted to caring for the poor and suffering. But as their numbers declined the nuns chose to venture in a new direction, and in 2015 they opened a wellness hotel and a restaurant. The menu is limited—soup, a salad bar loaded with grains and roasted vegetables, and a choice of a chicken, fish or vegetarian entrée. On a recent visit, a dish of chicken and wild rice in green curry sauce proved to be one of the most memorable meals in a city of excellent restaurants. The money raised by the hotel and restaurant helps support the nuns' outreach programs—which makes eating well feel even better.