Cabane a Sucre: Des Gallants or La Goudrelle??
Which is better and why? Trying to decide between the two. Other recommendations are appreciated. Thanks!
I recently visited Les Gallants and it was great. I'm not sure how La Goudrelle is set up, but Les Gallants is a buffet so you can get as little or as much of the things you like, and at your own pace. Also the service was attentive and friendly.
I love Des Gallant, but it's more expensive than La Goudrelle. My sister went to both this year, and much preferred Des Gallant for the quality of the food. A big peeve of hers is that La Goudrelle don't offer sausages on weekends. Put it this way, Des Gallant seats about 120, and La Goudrelle 2000 people. It's not at all the same experience. Des Gallant is a chef-owned inn, La Goudrelle is a touristy and commercial seasonal sugar shack.
Have never been to La Goudrelle, but did go to Gallants a few weekends ago, so I can provide my observations. To summarize for those who don't care to read further: food = good, service = not so good.
The so-called service that everyone raves about fell far short of our expectations. Despite the fact that we specified that we were bringing a baby when we called to reserve; upon arriving, the hostess made a big fuss that the child should be seated in the restaurant's high chair, according to the (female) boss' policy.
Don't know if the female boss has any kids, but a small sleeping infant barely able to sit up can not safely be placed in an unrestrained high chair. We explained this, and the employee rudely informed us that she was going to go ahead and do us a favor and make an exception because her boss is 'temporarily away' but game's over should her boss return while we were dining. [Makes me wonder what the service looks like when the boss is actually there...:(]
The service from the actual waitstaff once we were seated was adequate but a bit cold. Following that, the wait time to get our tire/taffy after the meal was more than a half hour until a kitchen employee could be dispatched.
As for the food, let's just say we typically avoid buffets whenever we can avoid it. Ya never know who has touched what. Clearly, we didn't realize this was a buffet going in. But after driving 1 hr + to get there, you can't exactly turn around and go elsewhere. And I had no intention of going to that horrible other place in Rigaud where the owner dresses up as Santa Claus' devil incarnate.
That being said, the food replenishment and turnover was fast. The quality was awesome. The cretons were delectable. They actually used a real 'creme au beurre' on one of the dessert cakes. Everything was sweet, but not sickeningly so. And we didn't feel gross afterwards! That is always a plus for a Cabane a Sucre!
Visited a new cabane a sucre (new to me--have been to la goudrelle and the others in the st gregoire strip as well as a few in Rigaud whose names I don't remember) last weekend called la Branche in St. Isadore (sp?). It was small, more traditional than most and the food was excellent (one of the best sugar pies I've even had--and I love me some sugar pie). Also it was really close to the city--took less than 30 min. They have a website---check it out.