Bistro Le Sam


For the renovation of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Old Quebec, a design vocabulary was crafted based on a modern, approachable luxury that references the hotel’s heritage. Bistro Le Sam is a more informal restaurant that lightly draws upon the Château’s unique history as a destination on the Canadian Pacific Railway. A linear approach was used for the floor plan, influenced by vintage train cars. The furniture and finishes recall Art Deco and the Jazz Age. Food is prepared in a brass-clad, open kitchen with a design based on decorative French stoves. The existing veranda is expanded to nearly triple in size to accommodate families and larger groups. The curved bar is comprised of a herringbone patterned, brass tile bar die in a polished and brushed finish with a slate bar top. A custom, curved mixed metal chain chandelier is suspended across the length of the bar. A fireplace surround made from a silver-glazed metallic tile will oxidize over time, creating a modern look that acknowledges the hotel’s heritage.

Designed by: David Rockwell, Greg Keffer, Hrisityan Petrov, Thom Forsyth and Karwai Lim of Rockwell Group for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts