After an afternoon of shopping and lèche-vitrines on the totally revamped St-Joseph Street in the lowertown part of Quebec City now known as the “Nouvo St-Roch“, we were kind of peckish. And our family dinner was not planned until much later.
We could not wait – and decided to find a nice place for a light bite.
We ended up at the Café Bistro Agga. The spot is halfway between a café and a bistro, offering loosely european-inspired light fares (4 different fresh soups every day, European Hot-dogs, smoked meat, sandwiches, pizza). The place obvisouly sells the Agga Coffee although it doesn’t seem to be officially affiliated with the torefactor.
Opened in 2000, it was fully renovated in 2006 to keep up with the competition establishing itself in the gentrified neighborhood. The place is trying to be many things – a café-branché, a cool lunch spot, a neighborhood bistro – and a bar with live music. However, there is nice warm feel to the room – many plants, big windows, a nice stone wall behind the bar with cool lights to create a contrast – clearly defining that corner as the cool one within the cool place. We elected to sit in a comfortable booth by a window – we had no trouble doing so because the place was basically empty.
We had a quick look at their menu – which was located on a billboard behind the counter. There is in fact no table service there before 4 pm, although the staff did bring the sandwich to our table when it was ready. We finally decided to share their Turkey-Pesto sandwich, accompanied by their garden salad. You can also get the Turkey-Pesto variety in a submarine – but it seemed to us that the 9 grain bread was a better choice.
The turkey was the deli kind, but of a good quality. The pesto was subtle but present. There was some veggies too, to give it a nice texture. But what made this sandwich was the finish – oven toasted in order to melt the emmanthal cheese. Nice.
On the side, their garden salad. Very simple Mixed greens, tomatoes, red onions, some shredded cheese, it was fresh and refreshing – although one would grow tired of the sweet creamy raspberry vinaigrette.
Overall, we had nothing to complain about – our hunger was satisfied, we had a nice break from shopping and we discovered a neat little place, not pretentious yet not boring. Be warned however that the place can get very busy at lunch time during business days, as many reviewers point out.
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