One of several appealing bistros that wrap around the intersection of rues St-Paul and Sault-au-Matelot in Vieux-Port, L'Ardoise is a place to sip a double espresso, leaf through a book, and maybe meet the neighbors. A new owner took over in 2006 but has kept the Van Gogh-bright orange swirls and cobalt-blue ceiling overhead, and jaunty Piaf- and Sinatra-style voices on the stereo. The menu, though, has been tinkered with and is now a little more sleeked down. For instance, mussels, a staple at Québec restaurants, used to be offered with 11 sauce options; now there are three options (and a plate that offers a selection of each). An additional brunch menu is an option on weekends.
- © Frommer's 2013