La Cabane - 2014 Edition
I had the pleasure to spend most of March in Morocco away from this winter/spring nonsense but just before that, I was invited to the media opening of La Cabane!
This Old Montreal sugarshack is celebrating its fifth year by showcasing five chefs with five courses. Here is the menu in photos:
A bread course with cumin butter was served before the service started and it was amazing.
First course was cod croquettes with an endive salad and candied pecans. Helena Loureiro's creation was spot on. The croquettes were perfectly mastered as they didn't leave a greasy after-taste like most fish cakes do.
Second course was a smoked squash soup with Atkins candied salmon and brioche croutons by Marc-André Jetté. The soup was quite good and I enjoyed the croutons for a good bite but I felt like they were being stingy on the salmon. I buy those monthy at Latina for a few bucks.
Third course was a lamb ham with vegetables by Martin Juneau. The flavors in this dish were well researched and the texture of the ham was something very new and special. However, I found it so refreshing that it felt weird to have right after the hot soup and before the main meat dish. I would have prefered this dish as the first course.
Course number four was by Dany St-Pierre and offered a cassolette of beans, pork cheeks and wieners with sides of carrots and fresh cheese. This made for a quite generous plate, covered with maple syrup of course. I hope guests are allowed doggy bags because we didn't succeed in eating much of it even if it was delicious!
Patrice Demers took over the final and fifth course with a maple ice cream sandwich and financiers. I loved the dessert course! The ice cream was very refreshing after all that food and the packaging was very cute. I took home the financier which I ate the next day and to my surprise, it was the best one I have had so far. I usually find them boring and blend but Patrice Demers' was the contrary. He offers the financiers at his own shop too from what I can see.
La Cabane 2014 left me quite satisfied and even if I was invited, I would have happily payed the $59 price. Even for its first night, the service was smooth and all the courses were good. I feel like this year's success is due to the fact that one chef was in charge of one course each and a lot more attention was given to each plate.
La Cabane is running until April 20th and you can make a reservation online here. For $29, a wine service will accompany four courses and it is worth it. All the wines are from Quebec and I enjoyed all of them, which is about time!
Happy sugarshack season everyone!