Unlike yesteryears where one had to drive for an hour or two to get to a sugar shack, the sugar shack has finally come to us city folks. La Cabane, now in its fourth edition, is an urban shack taking place this year at Les Éclusiers par APOLLO in Old Montreal…
The space has been transformed into a sugar shack with a happy mix of traditional and modern elements complete with bouquets of macramé lampshades and folkloric Quebec music.
Every year, La Cabane invites one of the city’s top chefs to create a menu inspired by traditional maple classics. This year, Portuguese chef Helena Loureiro is at the helm of this sweet project with her creative take on cabane à sucre dishes. Chef Loureiro has added a Portuguese twist to all courses, from the cod fritter appetizer to the bean and chorizo stew and all the way to the maple pasteis de nata pastries.
The sardine escabeche drowning in olive oil and apple cider was definitely one of my favourites of the night. So were the flaky and luscious maple natas, a big hit all around, so make sure you leave room for those.
Chef Loureiro is joined by internationally renowned and award-winning chocolate maker Christophe Morel who has concocted a couple of desserts for La Cabane. His take on the maple tart is a delicate and delicious creation with fine shards of white chocolate and gold leaf.
Sitting there enjoying a maple-drowned menu at La Cabane, music blaring, laughter all around, one almost forgets that this traditional fun event is only a metro stop away, right in the heat of Old Montreal.
La Cabane at Éclusiers par Apollo, March 8to April 14, 2013
400 rue de la Commune West, (514) 285 0558