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L'Echaude Restaurant Review: Weekday lunches at this friendly French bistro attract a crowd of regulars from the offices in the Vieux-Port area of Old Quebec, near the St. Lawrence River. Options include lobster and veal surf ‘n’ turf, a grilled flank steak with shallot butter, a salmon or steak tartare or even a simple spinach and chorizo omelet. Evening menus are a little more elaborate, as shown by appetizers like sweet and savory pastries stuffed with foie gras, rhubarb and vanilla. Entrées include grilled bison tenderloin and sweetbreads in ginger butter with a Meyer lemon risotto. Caramel flan, crème brûlée, and homemade ice creams and sorbets constitute the core of a classic dessert menu. Wine is also an attraction for the local clientele, since owner Robert Plamondon is a respected and well-known expert. The wine list features a good number of reasonably priced, easily enjoyable selections, including choices from Canadian vineyards as well as top crus from France, Italy or California. Professional staff that has been stable over the years helps make regulars feel at home and newcomers feel well taken care of. A canopy-covered terrace welcomes diners in the summer.