La Cabane

© La Cabane - La Cabane

© La Cabane - La Cabane

February 28, 2011 – Sugar shacks. Pea soup, piles of baked beans, eggs bathed in maple syrup… the hefty fare that can easily blow a bad hangover out of the backwaters with its calorie-whopping curative. Been there, done that, right? Let us get you acquainted with La Cabane, then.

For a second year, this reinvented sugar house is back to dazzle the urban dweller, on the heels of its resounding 2010 success. What singles it out? Evidently, the location; that is, it’s a city-bound cabane à sucre at Pavillon Jacques-Cartier at the Quays of the Old Port.

Next, the menu: while it’s deadly serious about fêting local fare, with dishes like mousse de foie de volaille and maple jelly, smoked squash potage, braised beef stew and maple and Maldon salt, to name a few, the gastronomical brio it serves up will make your salty and sweet taste buds quake and quiver.

What else? Of course, the venerable chefs manning the kitchen. Marc-André Jetté (Bu, L’Épicier, Decca 77, F, Laloux, Newtown) and Patrice Demers (La Gaudriole, Les Chèvres) have teamed up to turn palates on to the endless possibilities of Québec’s home-grown products and the sweet nectar that surges through our maple trees at the first sign of spring.

The décor deftly mixes up rustic and urban in the airy architecture of the Pavillon. While there may be no sleigh rides awaiting outside, you can easily switch it up for a calèche ride around the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal, or take a leisurely stroll along the port and admire the skyline of the city.

La Cabane’s new take on the sugar shack experience is yours to enjoy from March 10 to April 15.