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Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

We had our first cooking course of 4 with Martin Picard today. I'll post more on how that course went on another post.

Not sure if someone already posted, but during the course, Martin said he recently purchased a Cabane a sucre. It will be called, Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon. He briefly explained that there will be options like lobster in syrup, and will be pushed around the dining room in those dim sum style carts. So I assume you pick and choose what you want, instead of the typical all you can eat style Cabane a sucre. The place use to hold over 200 seats, but after changing and having a much bigger kitchen, it should hold around 100 seats. They expect to open late February, early March.

Looking forward to APDC's new addition.

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  1. Did he mention where it was located?

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    1. re: rcianci

      If I heard right, it's in Mirabel.

      1. re: Jaetee

        I'll keep an eye out here and in the press for news of the opening.

        Thanks, Jaetee!

    2. Thanks for the info! Can't wait to find out more about this. The resto's website doesn't mention anything about this project...

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      1. re: plumeria

        In La Presse they say it will be open all day for a month, thursday to sunday, starting march 19. Their website still does not mention the sugar shack.

        They do advertise a $50 brunch on March 1st from 11 a.m.

        1. re: superbossmom

          Hi superbossmom,

          Could you post a link to the article?

          1. re: rcianci

            I've found a blog entry about it and it links back to this thread. What would the media do without us?

              1. re: kpzoo

                Oops!

                Forgot to paste in the link.

                Sorry.

                1. re: kpzoo

                  Thanks kpzoo!

                  That high tight whine I hear must be the feedback loop. ; )

                  1. re: kpzoo

                    i wonder how she assumed that jaetee is "un gars"... weird quoting indeed.

            1. Cabane a Sucre au Pied de Cochon website is up.

              No menu as of yet.

              http://www.cabaneasucreaupieddecochon...

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              1. re: rcianci

                The menu will surely be traditional, with a "little bit" of foie gras here and there; you know, just to make it better.

                Oreilles de crisse, soupe aux pois, ragout de pattes de cochon, pain dans le sirop, oeufs dans le sirop, jambon au sirop, patates dans le sirop ...

                1. re: Maximilien

                  I'm sure you are right ( that PIcard, he's so darned skimpy with the foie gras ;-) ), but the OP got me all excited with talk of "lobster in syrup". I'm curious to see what sort of new, over the top twists on traditional fare will be offered in addition to the good old stuff.

                  1. re: Maximilien

                    i hope i'll be able to get a vegetarian soupe aux pois

                  2. re: rcianci

                    OMG, it's about 2 km from my house !!!!
                    If anyone goes, make sure to stop by the Vignoble Riviere du Chene on the way (don't be put off by the horrible building) and taste their icewine (Le Monde), it's as good or better as the Niagara ones.

                    1. re: johnnyboy

                      We had another course with Martin Picard yesterday. He again was very excited about his new venture, and talked a bit more about his menu. There will be around 30ish choices. A few more words he threw in there were Duck in syrup, foie gras in syrup, and again lobster in syrup. He said it may sound like the dishes may all sound overwhelming, but they are well balanced and different from one dish to the next.

                      1. re: Jaetee

                        I made some dinner reservations for this without really know what it is.... im gonna put my trust in Captn Picard.

                  3. Just FYI: you may want to get your reservations in now.
                    (Friend added me to his group's already)

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                    1. re: bopuc

                      I just made one for early April (for the cabane). Alas, the brunch has been 'complet' for 2 weeks. I'm kicking myself for looking into it only now.

                      1. re: Shattered

                        No doubt they already have a waiting list, but i just thought i'd mention that I've (very reluctantly) just called to cancel my brunch reservation (2 people, at the banquette for the 14h seating). Good luck!

                      1. re: rcianci

                        I can't wait! We have reservations. I will stop eating now in preparation...

                        (well, no I won't... after all, zeppole call)

                        1. re: moh

                          i read the article in national post today, interesting one talking about maple cured beef, lobster etc but at $40-60 per person this is a little more than i want to pay. My adult daughter wants to go to sugar shack at end of March not too far from Montreal, any suggestions based on your visits. We dont need dancing, petting zoos just some good food and ambience. thanks

                          1. re: wilmagrace

                            Hiya, since this thread's specifically about the Au Pied de Cochon cabane à sucre, I think you'd be better of starting a new thread with your question so it doesn't get lost here.

                            Or, you could check out / add to the existing threads here:

                            Best cabane a sucre near Montreal?
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/591208

                            Cabane a Sucre: Des Gallants or La Goudrelle??
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/505692

                      2. There's an update on the Cabane website. No menu but a statement if you click on the menu tab.

                        http://www.cabaneasucreaupieddecochon...

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                        1. re: mainsqueeze

                          Another update. Menu page has changed. Prices now listed. No longer any mention of dim sum carts.

                          http://www.cabaneasucreaupieddecochon...

                          1. re: montrealfoodboy

                            montrealfoodboy, I already did the duck and rabbit course. I still have the fish and foie gras course next month. Anyone else taking these courses?

                            1. re: Jaetee

                              Signed up for the fish course too...

                              1. re: Jaetee

                                thats really great. curious to see if i can get into the cabane a sucre pdc before the season is done.... i had better call now and see if i can pull some strings. i dont wanna miss that one! thanks for the info Jaetee! Good luck on the rest of your modules!

                            2. Here's a little more info. The GF called to reserve yesterday (we're giong in 2 weels, yeah!) and she enquired about fish and seafod as she's allergic. There's definitely lobster but the person on the phone said: "Don't worry, there'll be plenty more food for you to sample".

                              The way she explained it, it will be served family style with everyone helping themselves form plates set on the table.

                              1. I'm going tomorrow night...I'll write as much info after my supper...that is if I don't fall asleep... word is that it was supposed to open tonight BUT permit problems pushed back to opening until tomorrow...let's hope everything works out...

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                                1. re: ricky.j

                                  Sorry to hear they didn't open tonight. Looking forward to reading your report, after you wake up from your food coma, of course. : )

                                2. So much food. I can barely think. My brain is clogged up with foie gras. I can only say good things about my supper. The place is true to the original Pied de cochon and the traditional sugar shack. It’s a 5 service meal. The food just kept coming and coming and coming... My favorites were the meat pie and the duck maki (with the maple syrup soy sauce). Everybody around the table kept saying that we would not be capable of eating dessert, but the dessert is so good that we finished it. Our waiter was Gorka and he’s was spot on :)

                                  P.S. it’s really not expensive!!!!

                                  I took pictures :)

                                  Spoilers beware

                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
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                                    1. re: ricky.j

                                      Awesome! And thanks for photos.

                                      I been checking this thread all day and I finely can call it a night. LOL

                                    2. re: ricky.j

                                      And again with the pictures

                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                      1. re: ricky.j

                                        Great photos! I'm drooling on my keyboard. Thanks so much for reporting back. Yet another reason to visit beautiful Quebec.

                                    3. the photos are convincing thanks for info, how long does it take to get there from montreal, and what is simplest way guaranteed not to get lost.....?

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                                        1. re: wilmagrace

                                          There's a map and directions on the website. They're saying 45 minutes from downtown.

                                          http://www.cabaneasucreaupieddecochon...

                                        2. Here are a few photos from today's visit. My favorite was the pea soup with fois gras and gently smoked pork belly.
                                          Least favorite was the maki.
                                          Loved the maple cotton candy and this huge maple marshmallow cloud thing. Make sure to go hungry!

                                           
                                           
                                           
                                           
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                                          1. re: onionbreath

                                            I am getting very excited... going tomorrow... counting the hours! I have been good all week, watching what I eat - the suffering will be worth it.

                                            1. re: onionbreath

                                              Wow, the food looks great!

                                              I was wondering if there was anything else to do at the Cabane besides eating ( gasp! i know!)..

                                              ...i mean, can you walk around the grounds? is there tire outside on the snow? i heard he wants to raise pigs..can you go see them? you know, any peripheral activites besides the main event?!

                                              1. re: Arktik

                                                The paths up to the sugar bush are really ice covered so they are discouraging walking the property at this time.
                                                Lots of pig, neatly resting in the walk in cooler, none on the hoof at this moment.
                                                I would like to say that for a restaurant doing unique food in a new environment and open for 1 day, the experience was outstanding. Great teamwork, very welcoming staff and fun from beginning to end.

                                                very welcoming staff

                                              2. re: onionbreath

                                                noo noo! stop tempting me with the deliciousness! the car-less ones must learn to cope... *sobs*

                                                1. re: onionbreath

                                                  I'm surprised you did not like the MAKI...it's one of the things I appreciated the most :)

                                                  1. re: ricky.j

                                                    The maki were a mess. The idea was popularised by Wolfgang Puck in the 1990's. It was fresh ahi tuna, rolled in nori, dipped in tempura batter, flash fried and served with an uni sauce. It was very very good.
                                                    Now everyone does ripoffs.
                                                    The Cabane's version was overkill, filled with lobster, foie gras, rice and in the end there was nothing to distinguish the flavours.
                                                    Everything else, service, attitude, presentation, vibe was really great.

                                                    1. re: onionbreath

                                                      I've been trying to get a reservation since last Tuesday, but no answer on the phone (at the cabane) and no reply from their reservation email address. The PDC doesn't take reservations for the cabane, they only transfer the message. How did you guys get a reservation? I've been calling today, and even if they're open at this time it doesn't answer, and there's no answering machine. Did you just show up there?
                                                      Any help appreciated... ! :-)

                                                      1. re: Chocolatine

                                                        We just called for reservations yesterday morning and my sister-in-law as well and got it for Good Friday in the evening, and another for Easter Monday at noon. I think we must have gotten some of the last few spots since we were told there's absolutely no place for any Saturday or Sunday for the month that it is open.

                                                  2. re: onionbreath

                                                    I really, really liked the maki.

                                                    Indeed, do go hungry. Bring friends, preferably large, hungry friends! :-)

                                                  3. Went with a large group yesterday. I thought the food was great and enjoyed it more than at the restaurant (except for the maki--have to agree with comment above). My only complaint (never thought I would say this in relation to Picard or a cabane a sucre) was that portions were tiny. Even trying to cut tiny slices, half of our table did not get to taste the tourtiere (for example) and we were each alloted one hockey puck sized pancake (for example). It actually made for a very stressful meal with people taking tiny portions and worrying about passing plates around so everybody could get a taste. Not a real cabane atmosphere (i.e very little in the way of actual maple syrup) but that's OK. Having groused about all this, I would still go back for the food but only in a smaller group.

                                                    More on the website with pics soon.

                                                    Thelonious

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                                                    1. re: thelonious777

                                                      But since it seems to be fully booked all season (or wiil be soon), and portions may not get larger, was it worth the $45?

                                                      I'd like to know this from all who have been: with the price in mind, is it a thumbs up or thumbs down?

                                                      1. re: Shattered

                                                        Personally, I felt ripped off and I think everyone in our group did as well. Having said that, everyone loved the food, so if there had been more of it, we would likely have been happy. It seems like smaller parties may have received a lot more food per person so that is probably the way to go and, in that case, it would have been a definite thumbs up.

                                                        1. re: thelonious777

                                                          Could you have asked for a little bit more considering the size of your group? I remember dining at Ad Hoc in Yountville CA and the food was served family style like that and you could ask for more in needed.

                                                          1. re: Campofiorin

                                                            We did. We asked for more of the buckwheat pancakes. Rebuffed.

                                                          2. re: thelonious777

                                                            How many people were in your group?

                                                            Did some of you leave hungy, or what is it a matter of everyone not getting to try everything?

                                                            1. re: mainsqueeze

                                                              Twelve. I was lucky because I really enjoyed the smoked mackerel omelette while a lot of others left it alone (again, I really enjoyed all the food and I can't say the same about my meals at APDC). I left full but my fiancee fixed herself something to eat as soon as she got home. She was so worried about the lack of food that she ate almost nothing. (and I'm such an @ss I didn't even notice) I believe we were served the same amount of food as the table for eight next to us and so, while my experience is probably not reflective of the experience most people had, it could not even charitably be described as a pleasant meal.

                                                              1. re: thelonious777

                                                                I heard people are getting half of the meat pie ( the tourtiere) whether you are a group of 4, 6, 8, or 12 people. Is that true??? Can someone confirm this? If it is the case, it is simply not fair to the big groups. The small tables are stuffed, but the large table doesn't have enough to eat. Does anyone know Martin Picard and can reflect this feedback to them? I'm going with a group of 14 this coming Saturday!! I don't want everyone pay 45 plus tax and tip just to starve and go home hungry. Please help!!

                                                                1. re: Charminglamb

                                                                  There seems to be some differing accounts as to how the meal works. I wouldn't be surprised if they do some tweaking to try to get things right. When i went on Sunday the tourtiere (full pie) was not part of the $45 but was an additional $15. I imagine that you could get as many tourtiere as you want for $15 each. We were six and the food was more than enough but i don't know how it works for larger groups.

                                                                  As far as feedback i think you shouldn't jump to conclusions before the meal. If you read Snackhappy's post on the bottom you'll get an idea of what they were serving this last weekend.

                                                                  1. re: blond_america

                                                                    Confirmed that we were 12 and served half a tourtiere. It was great tourtiere though. I would gladly pay $15 for one.

                                                                    1. re: thelonious777

                                                                      Hmm, it does seem that things have been tweaked since you went. We were also given the option of ordering the Tourtiere for an extra $15, and I suspect we could have ordered more than one if we needed. Sorry your group had issues with food amounts... I can imagine it was difficult.

                                                                      1. re: moh

                                                                        Agreed. I think we were unlucky and have noted that I would go back next year. Lightning rarely strikes twice and, I would think, almost never inside a cabane a sucre.

                                                      2. We headed out last night. The cabane is not big, seating approximately 100 people. We were seated at communal tables and our waiter informed us that we would be served our set menu family style. Service was smooth and attentive. The waiters took the time to describe all the dishes in detail.

                                                        In true Au Pied de Cochon style, the food was incredible. On the menu: Cretons, Salmon Gravlax, Field Green Salad with Oreilles de Criss, ham & walnuts, Tourtière made with pork shoulder & Cretons served with Ketchup Maison, Buckwheat Pancakes, Pea Soup with Foie Gras & Smoked Pork Belly, Mackerel Omelette with Brisket, Corn-Fed Chicken, Rabbit Royale (stuffed and rolled with it’s innards), Sliced Duck Breast, Quali Leg Confit… atop Aged Chedder Polenta & Baked Beans, Maki with Foie Gras, Duck, Lobster & Beet, Maple Sugar Pie, Banana Split – Maple Ice Cream, Bananas, Sponge Toffee, Caramelized Peanuts, Marshmallow – topped with Maple Syrup Cotton Candy,

                                                        All in all, simply amazing.

                                                        Here are a few photos of our experience (only 4 at a time, post more asap):

                                                         
                                                         
                                                         
                                                         
                                                        1. Here are a few more photos.

                                                          Oreilles de Criss in the salad were thinner and more delicate than those served at most cabanes. Tourtère was moist and delicious with a light flaky crust – Ketchup Maison was slightly spicy/sweet, delicious enough o be eaten by the spoonful. This was my first time ever enjoying pea soup – tasted like mom’s fagioli but with delightful chunks of foie gras & pork belly. The meat platter was moist & delicious with deep rich flavors One of on two polenta dishes I have ever enjoyed, the aged cheddar polenta was a winner. The maki, good, but a little greasy for me.
                                                          For the mackerel Omelette, I love the fish tail sticking out – other tables also had the head sticking out (so what happened to our fish’s head?)

                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
                                                          1. The maple syrup pie was not as sweet and dense as most kind of custard-like texture in the middle, better IMHO. The banana split - amazing.

                                                            If you haven't done so already, book now and don't be discouraged if they don't answer right away.

                                                             
                                                             
                                                             
                                                             
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                                                              1. re: wilmagrace

                                                                This article has me salivating but also worried, especially the part with the lack of explanation for the food. My GF is allergic to any fish or seafood so I'd like to have a minimum ox explanation and also the possibilyt of havin a fishless omelette. That doesn't seem to be that easy to accomplish though.

                                                            1. We went last week and had a really great time. We were two and had more food than we really needed. Recommended if you're in the area - limited time only, so it makes it something a little more special. Write up and photos on my flickr. Added a few here to whet all your appetites!

                                                              - Chef Martin Picard grinning out at the dining area (called out by a friend, I assume - the whole room applauded him)
                                                              - The initial drop of food. It was a hella lot
                                                              - Split pea soup food porn
                                                              - Marget Duck on beans

                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
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                                                              1. re: jlunar

                                                                belated, but here's the full report with pics:
                                                                http://www.foodpr0n.com/2009/03/22/mo...

                                                                The main bits:

                                                                Food at the cabane is served from dim sum carts, plated to share family-style. The menu is unannounced and unposted and changes daily; all diners get the same dishes.

                                                                They started us with bowls of soupe au pois — split pea soup, a Québécois classic. Their version was elevated by the inclusion of foie gras and was very polished for such a rustic dish. Even after 2 meals at Au Pied de Cochon, this dish was the best use of foie gras I’d encountered all week. Definitely the best dish out of everything we were served.

                                                                Then came cretons (a pork pâté similar to rilettes) and smoked salmon with pickled onions. We took them on crêpes au sarrasin, buckwheat pancakes kissed lightly by maple syrup. As we ate, more plates continued to hit the table, and we struggled to keep up while photographing each new offering.
                                                                mackerel omelette

                                                                mackerel omelette

                                                                Next was a mackerel omelette, with a whole fish fried into the eggy cake, head and tail protruding from the pan. The omelette was deep and thick and about twice the size it needed to be for the 2 of us. The oily mackerel, combined with the egg and big chunks of potato, was just too heavy and we only managed to finish half the pan. I can see the dish working better on a colder day, or at dinner instead of lunch.

                                                                Salad followed, but no low-cal mercy at the cabane. Instead we had salad with ham and walnuts and oreilles de crisse (deep-fried pork rinds). The salad contained a bit too much parsley, and (inevitably) too few oreilles, but was dressed with just the right amount of mustard, perking it up and adding interest without drowning the other flavours out. A very successful harmony among assertive and potentially dissonant ingredients.
                                                                tourtière du porc

                                                                tourtière du porc

                                                                And another traditional Québécois dish — tourtière. This one was made with both ground pork and contrasting larger chunks of pork. It was served with a vinegary house-made ketchup that gracefully cut the pie’s richness. But the real star of the dish was the pastry — flaky, buttery, rich, and absolutely top-notch. Tourtière, like soupe au pois, isn’t a dish I can get at home, so I was excited to see it hit the table. Also like the soup, this was amazing.

                                                                The next course was the diametric opposite of traditional. We were served a deep-fried maki of lobster, foie gras, and beet; even more surprising was the accompanying dipping sauce of soy and maple syrup. Unfortunately, the dish was just trying to do too much — premium ingredients that didn’t work well together, and a complex concept and technique that neither brought the ingredients together nor enhanced them.

                                                                And finally, finally, we were presented with the main course, a huge serving platter featuring magret de canard and what they called the “royal family” — a trio of meats comprised of duck, quail, and Cornish hen. The magret was the best of the dish, served on a bed of beans (with lard, naturally). And of course the beans were improved by a drizzle of maple syrup. The royal family was just a bit too much — by this point in the meal, the 3 meats were kind of running together and there’d already been too many strong flavours for these 3 more to really stand out. The trio was served on a bed of cheesy grits, too cheesy for my taste.

                                                              2. Hello I have reservations for tonight, my girlfriend however is a bit of a picky eater... Has any one sampled this weeks menu? Is it the same as last or completely different?

                                                                Any help would be great. Thanks

                                                                1. Went there last night with a group of six people. We had way more food than we needed, but we still ate almost all of it. The courses were as follows:

                                                                  Pea soup with foie gras cubes: Very tasty although I didn't find that the foie added much to the dish.

                                                                  Green salad with oreilles de crisse, ham and peanuts: I loved the textures and it was nice to see some green stuff.

                                                                  Cretons and brandade: Really delicious. Lovely texture and not too salty.

                                                                  Plogues: About ten tiny plogues which disappeared pretty quickly. We inquired about getting some more but were told it wasn't going to happen.

                                                                  Omelette with mackerel and smoked fish: Perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious. The balance of flavours was perfect and the bits of potato inside gave a nice texture.

                                                                  Tourtière (a 15$ option): Everyone at our table liked it, but I thought it could have been better. The filling was a delicious mix of ground pork and pork meat, but I didn't really care for the crust. The texture was sandy as if it had been over-mixed. On top of that the tourtière was overcooked and the edges were as black as my cold dead heart. The ketchup that came with it was alright, but my mom's is better.

                                                                  Deep-fried foie gras and lobster maki: We all agreed it was great. I don't care if it's been done to death. i've only had it three times in my life and this one was wonderful. It's pretty much the same as the one in the book, but with lobster in the place of salmon.

                                                                  Beef faux-filet (rib-eye?) with beans: A great piece of meat cooked to a perfect medium rare. The beans were quite good.

                                                                  Quails, rabbit and Guinea fowl legs with polenta and some sort of reduction: At this point we were all feeling a bit saturated with food and were just eating out of sheer gluttony. I only had a bit of the quail, but I think it was stuffed with the same cabbage, carrot and foie gras mixture as the Guinea fowl legs. I think the rabbit had a maple syrup glaze, but it was all turning into a haze at that point. It was all delicious, especially the rabbit, but the polenta was a bit too gritty.

                                                                  Dessert - Banana split, maple leaf shaped pancakes, baked Alaska and maple taffy on snow: The banana split was teeny tiny and impossible to share. I could have skipped it, but the girlfriend loved it. The pancakes were just a waste of calories. I didn't care for the taste or the texture which was that of dough fried in really old oil, although they were an okay vehicle for the maple syrup. The baked Alaska was great. I could have eaten a whole one of those by myself and would have been perfectly happy with only that and the maple taffy for dessert.

                                                                  We also had shots of reduced maple sap and Jack Daniel's. Very smooth and not too sweet. I strongly recommend them. We were also told about something called a café St-Benoit which they couldn't make for us that night but sounded really tempting. Coffee with Tia Maria, cognac and a local maple liqueur topped with whipped cream and marshmallow and flambéed. Sounds like the perfect ending for such a meal. The gilrfriend had to settle for a café Robidoux.

                                                                  One thing that we found odd was the maple syrup that was on our table. It wasn't very good. It didn't taste much of maple and had a weird mouthfeel like it had been mixed with melted butter or something.

                                                                  Overall we were very pleased and would go back in a heartbeat, but we would skip the tourtière only because it was too much food.

                                                                  1. Well, I just woke up from the food coma induced by lunch on Saturday... too much food....

                                                                    I must admit that I don't totally understand how some people had problems with the amount of food. I have to assume that they have tweaked the service to adjust. I was in a large group (10 people at our table, and another smaller group of 3 at another table), and we had way too much food for our group. And we had some hearty eaters! Now, I could see there being a problem if there are many people in the group who only like a few of the dishes, each dish was not enough to split amongst a large group. If you had a bunch of people who only wanted magret and beans, I could see there being a big problem with the amount of food. And certainly, there were dishes that were hard to split, such as the banana spilt (Hoo. Is that some odd sort of pun?). Not everyone got to try the homemade marshmallows, as there weren't enough on the split, and not everyone tried the cotton candy for the same reason. But overall, our entire group went into collective food coma, and we did not finish everything we were served.

                                                                    Did anyone else have the battered sauced fried chicken feet? Dang those were good!! I had two because one of my friends really wasn't into chicken feet :) The sauce was a tangy BBQ style sauce, and it was very tasty.

                                                                    We had all the usual dishes mentioned on this thread. My favorite dishes were the duck with beans, the salad with oreilles des cris, the creton (which we thickly smeared on the sarrazin crepe, then drizzled with large amounts of maple syrup) and the baked Alaska, and those crazy chicken feet. But I enjoyed everything, with exception of the lobster maki. I found the idea ok, but the rice was not really a good texture. I guess I am fussy about my rice in maki and sushi.

                                                                    We almost had a small disaster. When we arrived, they told us they did not have our reservation. We had reserved through the resto before the number at the cabane had been activated. So we arrived, thinking we had a reservation for 15, only to be told we did not, and that everything was full. I was quite sad. But within 30 minutes, they managed to seat our entire party. Marc, the person in charge of seating, was incredibly gracious and helpful, and although we had to split up the party, at least we weren't turned away! I was so relieved, I had been really looking forward to this meal after a tough week, and I was also embarrassed that a large group of friends might have come out for nothing. One of my friends had trained for 2 weeks to eat at this lunch! We were quite lucky they were so gracious. I think it is the sign of a classy establishment when they try so hard to clear up a problem like this. I was thoroughly satisfied with how they handled this potential disaster, and have even more respect for APDC and their staff. Really, they had no need to try to accommodate us, they had more than enough business, they clearly did not need our business. But they made that extra effort. Class act.

                                                                    My friend who had trained for 2 weeks was very funny. He pointed out that if it had just been him and his partner, well, yes, they might show up and try to sneak in without a reservation. But with 15 people? That would just be silly... Anyhow, all's well that ends well. What a jumpstart to my new spring diet!

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                                                                    1. re: moh

                                                                      Just to make sure, they do accept credit cards, right?

                                                                    2. It's interesting that the complaints on this thread seems to match my review for their McAuslan brunch : lack of good explanation about the food and averagely sized portions. The latter being to most disappointing, I believe that PDC (restaurant, brunch, cabane, whatever) should not let people walk feeling "not-so-full". After all, it's part of the restaurant "legend" that it is a place of excess.

                                                                      1. Regarding the desserts: I think the banana split is fun, but maybe not for this setting. It's hard to share and was mostly melted by the time it arrived at our table. I did, however, enjoy the maple barbe à papa. It was amazing! Delicious burt maple sugar flavour. Yum!

                                                                        I could have done without the pancakes, though they were served with pure maple syrup, whereas the syrup set on the table was not pure (why?).

                                                                        The baked alaska was my favourite part. A large fluffy moutain of creamy swiss meringue. I'm still dreaming about it.

                                                                        1. tried to call for reservation, seems that my procrastination bit my ass once again. What are my chances to have a spot open for April 18th? Spot for like 8 people or something.

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                                                                          1. re: mak2k

                                                                            I guess I'm in the minority here but I found it "overrated" as did the rest of my group. Maybe I had my hopes up to much and I expected to be wowed since I always hear so much of the PDC restaurant (unfortunately I have never had the chance to go). But what I gather is that the PDC brand has been so successful that the Cabane was an instant hit before he even served his first customer.

                                                                            I just didn't find anything to be so out of the ordinary, the omelet? Sure, it was alright but really I found it just that....an "omelet" with some mackerel on it. The Pea soup, was just that....pea soup. The duck and rabbit, ordinary, the reduction was ok but again, not wowed.

                                                                            The only thing that saved the night was the banana split and the baked alaska.

                                                                            I really don't see what the fuss is about, I really think the food at the Cabane is just hype and pretentiousness, this is not to take anything away from Chef Picard who is well acclaimed of course.

                                                                            1. re: ios94

                                                                              I have a similiar opinion about my experience there, the food was ok, but nothing that really wowed me. I didnt even receive the mackeral omelette or the baked alaska, but maybe it was because i was in a party of two so i dont get everything???. what was really disapointing was the cornish hen, the texture was horribly mushy.

                                                                              didnt think it was pretentious though... ive never been to a cabane before, so maybe compared to others this is really good? i might try it again if i am in the area at the right time, but wont travel there from ontario just for it, like i did this time.

                                                                              1. re: Pigurd

                                                                                It's not at all like a traditional cababe à sucre.

                                                                                1. re: Pigurd

                                                                                  This is what a traditional cabane a sucre menu looks like:

                                                                                  http://www.constantin.ca/en/main.php?...

                                                                                  You don't have to leave Ontario to try one. If you're from Ottawa, there are sugar shacks in the valley, and more across the river in the Gatineau region.

                                                                                  1. re: Shattered

                                                                                    looks good. i know there r some closer, i just wanted to try picard's since his resturant has some interesting stuff.

                                                                                    1. re: Pigurd

                                                                                      Not pretentious in the way of atmosphere like say some of the St.Laurent restos, not at all. Pretentious in that "this food is amazing" even before it is tasted.

                                                                                      1. re: ios94

                                                                                        So you're saying that it's not the place that's pretentious, it's the people who go there.

                                                                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                          ...or who show any interest, excitement or curiosity about the place.

                                                                                        2. re: ios94

                                                                                          "Pretentious in that "this food is amazing" even before it is tasted."

                                                                                          Well if that makes me pretentious then sign me up!!

                                                                                          I love traditional cabane au sucre, because I love bacon and ham, and i adore maple syrup, and I love brunchy items. But I'll concede it is not for everyone. Not everyone wants to eat that kind of food, and that's fine.

                                                                                          But if you enjoy this kind of food, then it is only natural to be excited by the thought of Martin Picard turning his hand at this genre. It is always fun to see what a good chef will do with a traditional style of meal like this. And I am not surprised by the buzz created by this project. Cabane au sucre is such an important part of Quebecois culture, and for good reason. Cabane au sucre celebrates the return of spring and warm weather after a long cold harsh winter. It is a reminder that winter will not last forever.

                                                                                          I can tell you that when I suggested to a large group of friend that we make a reservation for this cabane au sucre, even the ones who have never really shown that much interest in food were excited and thrilled. The menu made them very nostalgic, and they were excited to see what their native son Picard would bring to the table. And while there may have been the odd dish that was not as successful, everyone really enjoyed the whole event, and loved what he did with ingredients like oreilles de crise and creton.

                                                                                          But even before we tasted the food, yes, we proclaimed "this food is amazing". I doubt there are many restaurants in North America or the world serving this kind of a menu with this kind of flair. Picard really presents a unique experience and perspective in a world obssessed with low-fat yogurt and counting calories. So yes, count me amongst the pretentious ones who were amazed and thrilled to see him do this project.

                                                                                          Ios94, if you didn't like the food because it is not to your taste, that is fine. But please don't label those of us who do enjoy this kind of thing "pretentious". Maybe some of us are truly pretentious. But maybe some of us just get excited about this sort of thing.

                                                                                          1. re: moh

                                                                                            "Picard really presents a unique experience and perspective in a world obssessed with low-fat yogurt and counting calories."

                                                                                            Amen. This is the reason for Anthony Bourdain's success, too (aside from being a hilarious writer and host), who happens to be good friends with M. Picard.
                                                                                            It's amusing that the popularity of cooking shows, cookbooks, and 'celebrity chefs' continue to grow; it seems to me a way to live vicariously for the masses of overworked office-dwelling food prudes out there.

                                                                                            "Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food."

                                                                                            - Anthony Bourdain, "Kitchen Confidential," p. 70

                                                                                            1. re: moh

                                                                                              moh, maybe pretentious was the wrong word, I apologize. Yes, I was very excited too but unfotunately I was disappointed, it obviously seems my group was in the minority. Like I said, I wasn't "wowed" as I was expecting to be.

                                                                                              1. re: ios94

                                                                                                No problem Ios94. I could totally see being disappointed by the experience, I think there are plenty of people for whom this would not be their cup of tea. I love the idea of Au Pied de Cochon, but even I find that it is way over the top when it comes to fat and calories from time to time. Picard routinely pushes the line of "too much of a good thing". But that's why I love him! He's not afraid to go where a lot of chefs are not willing to go. Sometimes, that means he goes too far.

                                                                                                1. re: moh

                                                                                                  I have no problem with fat or calories, trust me. lol
                                                                                                  I didn't find the food over the top, that wasn't my issue. Far from.

                                                                                2. Cabane à sucre Au Pied de Cochon captured the #6 slot in this year's enRoute list of the top 10 new Canadian restaurants for 2009. I posted the link on Food Media & News if anyone wants to take a peek:

                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/662932

                                                                                  1. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be in this thread but did anybody get a reservation confirmation for this season? I sent out an e-mail a few weeks ago but i didn't get any news from them yet. Apparently the only way to book a reservation is via e-mail?

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                                                                                    1. re: mak2k

                                                                                      We sent an email last Autumn and they replied that reservations would begin to be assigned in January this year.
                                                                                      Thus far, we've heard nothing yet either.

                                                                                      1. re: KSC02

                                                                                        We're also still waiting to get a confirmation.

                                                                                      2. re: mak2k

                                                                                        I also sent a reservation about a week ago and haven't heard back.

                                                                                        1. re: Shattered

                                                                                          Good news all!! The calls have started to take reservations... I had sent an email last May or so, and got a call today. No date is full so far.

                                                                                          1. re: Chocolatine

                                                                                            Good to hear. We sent an email last August and am still waiting to hear. On PDC's regular reservation number, they quote another number for the cabane a sucre. However, that number seems to be not in service. Just an FYI.

                                                                                            1. re: KSC02

                                                                                              The cabane's # is 450-258-1732. Their message says not to send another email or leave another voicemail if already done; they're going through the list over the next couple of weeks, so it would only complicate things. I suppose it's in order of request...
                                                                                              Sure thing, it seems easier to reach someone from the cabane's team this year!

                                                                                              1. re: Chocolatine

                                                                                                I checked my number dialed and I was off a digit. That explains the message I received. Good to know and thanks for the info. I can appreciate their desire to avoid being inundated with redundant inquiries.

                                                                                                1. re: Chocolatine

                                                                                                  forgot to mention that they now request a 30% deposit via credit card. Refundable in case of a cancellation, if notified by email at least 1 week before the reservation date.

                                                                                                  1. re: Chocolatine

                                                                                                    Got my email yesterday and Chocolatine's information is complete and correct.
                                                                                                    Looking forward to going back this year.

                                                                                          2. We've split off some general discussion about the sugararing-off tradition to its own thread on General Chowhounding Topics. Feel free to join the discussion there.

                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/684697

                                                                                            1. hi All!

                                                                                              Just wondering if I should follow up with a reservation request I made 2-3 weeks ago via email. I know they've just started to get back to people, but I wanted to book a trip to Montreal ( vacation plan) for the weekend, and can't go ahead until I hear back. The date requested is in April. Do you think they'll just wait until a later date to get back to me? Thoughts anyone? I'd like to make my final arrangements for accommodations if possible.
                                                                                              Thanks in advance!

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                                                                                              1. re: BokChoi

                                                                                                to be honest with you, don't hold your breath. i sent an e-mail almost 2 months ago and i'm still waiting for them to call me back. don't plan your trip around a date because it's possible they might be booked solid by the time they get to your e-mail. Last i heard, people that send an e-mail in AUGUST, got their phone call about 2-3 weeks ago..

                                                                                                1. re: mak2k

                                                                                                  wow, really? hmmm... I thought that had more to do with the fact that they weren't starting to take reservations yet until mid/early January? Darn, that's too bad. Oh well! I guess I'll start doing some research on where else I should eat when I come to your fine city :)
                                                                                                  Thanks mak2k.

                                                                                                  1. re: mak2k

                                                                                                    Man, I thought I'd been waiting a while. I'm going on a month now.

                                                                                                    1. re: mak2k

                                                                                                      I'm with a group that got a reservation. We sent an e-mail at the end of the summer and we got a call around a month ago.

                                                                                                      1. re: mak2k

                                                                                                        I sent an email in December and got a response today. I'm going with a group of six during Easter weekend. Yay!

                                                                                                    2. Wow, the Cabane status is getting very ElBulli-esque!

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                                                                                                      1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                        Yeah, but are they worth it? I really hope this isn't just a case of bad customer service! It would be nice if I knew they were doing their best to get back to people.

                                                                                                        1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                          Actually, in my admittedly limited experience, El Bulli gets back to you fairly quickly - to tell you that they have no more room, of course...

                                                                                                          1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                            Agreed. I'd just really like to know either way. Although, of course, I'd rather it be a positive response, than a negative one!

                                                                                                        2. We emailed last August. We were contacted a couple of weeks ago. We asked for a table of 15 for mid-March. This made getting a choice of dates much more limited. I was offered two times on the date requested. I requested they hold the one time and I'd call back to confirm it in 5 minutes when I had the chance to check with a couple members of the group. I phoned back in 5 minutes. The message machine picked up, so I left a detailed message confirming that I'd take the time on that date. A couple of hours later, I received a message replying that, in fact, I could not have that time on that date now. It was taken. The message suggested that I take a date in late April. :-0 . Phoning back, I finally got through to speaking to someone and we agreed on the following day at 6pm.

                                                                                                          Morel of the story: There are a LOT of requests for reservations. The Cabane is open just about two months of the year or so. No time is wasted to fill the spots. Be prepared to make an immediate commitment.

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                                                                                                          1. re: KSC02

                                                                                                            Thanks for the updated info KSC02. Wow, I'm surprised they handled the situation that way (5 minute delay). But I guess they're that popular.

                                                                                                            1. re: KSC02

                                                                                                              i just got my reservation for 15 people! If you're a big group, the choices are getting pretty limited!

                                                                                                              1. re: KSC02

                                                                                                                Darn. thanks guys for the updates. I still haven't heard yet. I wonder what's taking them so long just to get back to people (rejection, or acceptance)?

                                                                                                                1. re: BokChoi

                                                                                                                  their voicemail and e-mail inbox are probably filled to capacity

                                                                                                                  1. re: mak2k

                                                                                                                    OK, my time to chime in. I first contacted APDC Cabane end of January with 2 possible dates. They promptly replied that I had to confirm the exact date and the exact group of people (as there is a 30% deposit). So it took some time to have the whole group commit to a certain date. About a week later (still January) I emailed them back with the confirmed date and # of people. I didn't hear from them, called a few times (voicemail) and finally spoke to someone (we're beginning of February now). She said that they currently were handling reservations received early January and if I didn't hear from them before the end of the month, likely there will be no reservation. So in my case all hope is lost!
                                                                                                                    Guess I'll email them now for next year!

                                                                                                              2. Honestly, I find their handling of this very distasteful. They will make a lot of money but not from me. I really wanted to go but since they have been so impolite about it I have lost all interest.

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                                                                                                                1. re: moochoo

                                                                                                                  I really don't know what your situation was but didn't run into any problem. Got an email yestarday telling me what times and days were avaiable and colled them up a few minutes ago to make the reservation. All was handled with friendliness and didn't care that we were brining two young ones along.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Campofiorin

                                                                                                                    same here. i even played some phone tagging since i keep on leaving my cell phone on my desk at the office and doing some back and forth, but everything worked out fine and the person on the phone was very friendly and professional

                                                                                                                    1. re: mak2k

                                                                                                                      So, in your opinion, what is the best way to play this game?

                                                                                                                      I have been waiting since the beginning of January for a call back as has my good friend. I have called back twice, just in case I fell through the cracks, plus I have sent an email. No answer at all.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Andria

                                                                                                                        Maybe wait it out a bit. I think I emailed around the same time or even before and only got an answer this week. I reserved over the phone today. (Even though their voicemail said it was full, I just kept phoning until a real person answered.)

                                                                                                                        1. re: Andria

                                                                                                                          to be honest with you, i tried the e-mail approach rather than the voicemail and they contacted me 2 weeks ago. I sent the e-mail in early january and i got a phone call.

                                                                                                                      2. re: Campofiorin

                                                                                                                        It seems that it's quite a bit easier finding room for reservations if you're looking for smaller groups and not an entire table of 15.

                                                                                                                        Also, Campofiorin, just something I was compelled to share when I read your post; We brought the kids along last year (ages 7-12) and they didn't enjoy it at all. The food is not typically 'cabane a sucre' but in fact many items are quite adult. This year, we've made arrangements for the kids to do something else the day we go. I'm in no way saying that others will experience this. I'm only giving our own personal experience.

                                                                                                                        1. re: KSC02

                                                                                                                          Thanks for the input but a 3 months old won't mind and the other one, who's 2, eats anything, especially if it's a little sweet.

                                                                                                                      3. re: moochoo

                                                                                                                        I'm with you on this one. I don't think it should take 2 months to return a reservation request. El Bulli doesn't even do that to people. It's quite impolite. Even though some people say they didn't run into any problems, I still feel like waiting two months for a response is a problem. Perhaps they are friendly once you get in touch with someone, but that's only IF you can get a hold of someone. I feel like they need to improve their reservation system.

                                                                                                                        1. re: BokChoi

                                                                                                                          I emailed a request for reservations early February and finally got some made for next Sunday.
                                                                                                                          There was about three days worth of phone tag, which was definitely annoying. I hope they figure out a better system for the next time!

                                                                                                                      4. Well, according to their web site, there is no more space for the 2010 season. I have been waiting since the beginning of January for a call back. I left two messages and sent two emails as did a friend of mine. We were hoping to get reservations for a Chowdown. and there were several people interested.

                                                                                                                        We never received a call or email, one way or another regarding our reservations... no acknowledgment whatsoever. I must say, I am quite angry about the way by they have handled the reservations. How is it possible that people who called in February were contacted for their reservations when those of us who called earlier never heard from them? I am sure I am not the only one in this situation.

                                                                                                                        Just wondering, if another restaurant were to handle their reservations in this manner, how long would they stay in business?

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Andria

                                                                                                                          I'm very sorry to hear there will be no Chowdown. I think they should follow el bulli's lead and post the date when they will start taking reservation requests.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Andria

                                                                                                                            Same thing happened to me! Sent an email on January 18th for 4 persons, they never called or emailed me back!

                                                                                                                            1. re: Sweetanna

                                                                                                                              I sent an email the same day and didn't hear anything either. Oh well, they've saved me a heap of money and a few calories.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                I finaly did get a call back last week. Going at the end of April. Hourray!

                                                                                                                            2. re: Andria

                                                                                                                              This is ridiculous. I've never been treated so poorly by a restaurant before. I don't understand why they had to be so incredibly rude and inept. A simple acknowledgment would have been appreciated. I for one will never patronize them and will tell my foodie friends what kind of establishment this is. I lost interest in them weeks ago because of this. I hope they catch a lot of flak over this. This treatment of excited potential patrons is unconscionable. I've been telling my friends for years to go to APDC when they're in Montreal. This has definitely left a sour taste in my mouth and I'd definitely think twice about sending them business from now on. Call me bitter, call me angry - I call this unprofessional.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Andria

                                                                                                                                Definitely not the only one! Emailed and called in early January - have heard nothing! Very disappointing - not just to miss out but to have no communication at all

                                                                                                                                1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                  I emailed just a few days into January, and never heard back either. I'm telling myself I'm not missing anything - if they're guaranteed sellouts to the point they can treat people this way, what incentive do they have to do anything special with the food... and how much extra will the tortiere be this year? I really only wanted to try it for the novelty factor anyway.

                                                                                                                                  How about a chow trip to a regular cabane at half the cost?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                    Just a follow up - I actually received an email from them yesterday, detailing a few dates and times that were still available. I called today and was able to get a booking (admittedly, for only four people!)

                                                                                                                                    Their email was in French, and I am not fluent, but there was a line that mentioned something about the "no more bookings" available message. Here it is.

                                                                                                                                    Ne vous inquiétez pas du message qui dit que nous sommes déja complet, cela s'adresse à ceux qui nous contactent pour la première fois àm ce jour

                                                                                                                                    1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                      translation: "don't worry about the message saying that we are fully booked. This only applies to those who are contacting us for the first time"

                                                                                                                                      basically if you called them in the past, you should be able to book. Just leave a message telling that you DID get an e-mail from them and that you want a table for 4

                                                                                                                                      1. re: mak2k

                                                                                                                                        yes, sorry, to clarify, I did call them and book and everything is fine! I was just posting that full sentence in French because I wasn't sure exactly what it meant and thought it might be a bit of hope for those who had emailed in January and still haven't heard (and who are fluent!)

                                                                                                                                2. Came back from the cabane a sucre APC - To leave some excitement to those that will be going, I really don't want to be saying what is being served - But, I will tell you that the menu changed a bit from last year. Some of the basics are still there, but there are changes from the 2009 season menu.

                                                                                                                                  There is an added fee for the meat pie (10$ for 1/2 - serves 4 people.) Order it!! It's amazing.

                                                                                                                                  1. Hey everyone -- get on the phone pronto if you want in this weekend!

                                                                                                                                    I just grabbed a cancellation for Friday at 6pm, but according to the email I received, there's another for this Sunday at 8pm to be filled... hurry up because it'll probably go fast!

                                                                                                                                    1. I'm still in pain from last night... I've never eaten so much food in a single seating in my life!

                                                                                                                                      Everything was exceptional. I won't repeat the menu since it seems to be the same through the season, but last night was definitely an excercise in shameless indulgence and gluttony. I had to walk around the parking lot for 15 minutes before I was able to drive home.

                                                                                                                                      The tourtières are not part of the fixed-prix menu (and for good reason -- no man alive can consume that much food!), but unknowing, we'd asked one of the servers whether it came with the meal and she brought one out apparently not realizing that it wasn't one of the courses. We devoured the entire thing even though we were completely overstuffed, and by the time dessert came out, I wanted to die.

                                                                                                                                      I had fasted all day (only drank a glass of water!) in anticipation of this meal, and I have to say that I've really never been so full at a restaurant, and felt as though I was going to burst open like I did last night. I could barely stand up.

                                                                                                                                      We could have easily eaten 1/3 the portions that we did, and still felt absolutely sick... in a disgustingly good way! I noticed that every other person at our table left with doggie bags. We somehow polished off every last course and unknowingly ordered extra... It was an exquisitely loathsome gorging like I've never experienced. It will take me until the next Cabane A Sucre season just to digest what we consumed last night!

                                                                                                                                      1. I'm hoping someone could give me some advice about getting a reservation. I know that reservations for this year aren't open until December 1st. When you email, do you just request a table for any time that's available or do you list preferred dates? Also, most write-ups I've seen have been large group outings. Since it is served family-style, is it better to have a big group? Or would it be easier to get a table with a smaller group? For those who have eaten there, what's the ideal group size? Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: twinkienic

                                                                                                                                          I read elsewhere that reservations were being taken on December 1 but when I checked their website today they were no longer taking reservations as full for 2012! We should have flagged your message twinkienic.....

                                                                                                                                          1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                                                            It was written on their website that the reservation we taken starting on december 1st. I sent an email on that date at noon to make a reservation for 4, still didnt get any answers and yes like mangoannie mentionned it now says on their website that its full for 2012... So I dont know if its mean that all the spots were taken off before I sent my email at noon.. That would be crazy! Or maybee they havent had time to respond yet? In any case my hopes are slim as to wether we got a spot :(

                                                                                                                                            1. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                                              I sent an email at 8am on December 1st and haven't heard anything either. C'est weird? Did they start filling up at 2am or something?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                I forgot all about the Dec. 1st reservations (I thought it was closer to the holidays last year) and so I sent a late email requesting seating for two basically any date or time this season, and asked to be informed of cancellations. I'm a bit bummed as I would have liked to have gone with a larger group thi year, which will be next to impossible now... but there are almost always cancellations throughout the year and I'm not too worried. I didn't have res last year either and still got in on a pretty busy night so I expect that the same will happen this year as people make reservations so far in advance just to get a seating that it's almost impossible to know what their eventual schedules and plans will look like and cancellations are almost inevitable.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                  Mmm yeah it is very weird indeed... I doubt they got filled up so early but who knows

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                    In the past - they have opened the possibility to take reservations in December, but only start to make the calls in late January or February. I'm thinking it's so that they can plan the menu.

                                                                                                                                                    I have also made a reservation - even when the site indicates that they are full. Just wait and see....

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: krazykanuck

                                                                                                                                                      Oh so they should get back to us later? Thats encouraging!
                                                                                                                                                      With all this cabane a sucre talk im getting a crazy maple sugar craving.... It usually doesnt start till the end of february!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: krazykanuck

                                                                                                                                                        That's reassuring. I'll be alert for a call in February then. Strange system in any case. They might as well just set up a Doodle or some other online tool and make their lives easier. How does one nab cancellations? By phone?

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                        I've sent my email at 00:20 on december 1st and got a call on december 14th.

                                                                                                                                                        Good luck everyone.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Lowrent

                                                                                                                                                          Sigh... I sent mine at 7:30am.... no call yet. How did everyone reserve? did you give them a time, or just a date? because there is no info on the website as to the hours or if they have specific seatings, I was vague with my reservation... saying something like... brunch on March 17. I told them I was super flexible and would take anything. I hope my vagueness didn't get my reservation request tossed.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FollowMe2Adventure

                                                                                                                                                            The website claims they are full for the coming season (It was updated on or before Dec. 16th).

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                                                                              My understanding is that there are 2 seatings - lunch and dinner. We just gave a bunch of dates that we were hoping for and managed to get a lunch spot.

                                                                                                                                                              I think there are often lots of cancellations. They told us we had until 2 weeks before our reservation to call in any cancellations or changes in group size or else our credit card would be charged.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: twinkienic

                                                                                                                                                                Hmm, when did you email them for your reservation? I was pretty adamant that I would take any time, but we haven't heard back. My request was for 4 people, and was sent via email at 7:30 am on Dec 31. @Fintastic.... the website said they were full I believe on the second day of taking reservations but the going trend seems to be for them to say they are full so they can sift through the reservations and you have to wait up to 6-8 weeks to hear from them.... I was still hoping anyways.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: FollowMe2Adventure

                                                                                                                                                                  (slamming my head against the desk in utter frustration) I just checked my caller id and pdc called me two days ago and didn't leave a message. Obviously they were calling for my reservation... I called them back tonight... but only got their answering machine so I left another plea for my reservation to be saved (there isn't much I won't do for some good duck and bacon!). I doubt they'd hold my spot. grrrr... leave a message and at least give me a fighting chance to get in!! Crossing my fingers they will call back again. sigh.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FollowMe2Adventure

                                                                                                                                                                    Oh you sent your reservation on the 31st? I sent mine on the 1st of december and they didnt reply... but i realized I didnt leave my cell number, just my email -_- I just sent them my number but it might be too late... :(
                                                                                                                                                                    I hope you get a spot too!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                                                                      no no, I sent mine on december 1st like the rest of these crazy foodies on here... it took them this long to call me back and I missed the call and they didn't leave a message. :( I will have to buy a cell phone for next year I guess. lol.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: FollowMe2Adventure

                                                                                                                                                                        I wouldn't worry. Just call them back and give them your name and tell them that you saw they called and missed them.

                                                                                                                                                                        It happened last time for me and the confirmed my reservation.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: krazykanuck

                                                                                                                                                                          We got in!!! We got in!!! There is still hope everyone... we sent our request on december 1st, and I am just getting the okay today (although we played phone tag and I think I might have stooped to begging for them to call me back on a phone message lol.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FollowMe2Adventure

                                                                                                                                                                            good job. Let us know how it is this year

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: FollowMe2Adventure

                                                                                                                                                                              I sent an email on December 1st as well (afternoonish). Still waiting for a call ...

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: estilker

                                                                                                                                                                                I too send an email on Dec 1 - spoke with them today and have made reservations. Everything comes to those who wait, apparently.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: erich wiess

                                                                                                                                                                                  Hurray, success for many of us then! Just booked mine too. So 8 am wasn't too late to send a reservation request on Dec. 1, after all, although the first dates I picked were all booked already. Next time I'll join the 12:01 email crew (assuming we enjoy it, that is).

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                    Finally got in too! Sent my email around noon on the first and got a call today! Got a spot in march but on a sunday night! They had open spots during the day in may but i think sugar shack craving will be past by then!

                                                                                                                                                  2. There is an article this month in Bon Apetit about the cabane a sucre. Not much said but they did mention he has a new cookbook with recipes from the cabane coming out in February.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mangeonsca

                                                                                                                                                        Going this Friday. Can't wait!

                                                                                                                                                        I better start fasting now :-)

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: estilker

                                                                                                                                                          I don't understand it's already open? Did the trees already gave maple water with the mild conditions? What would be the quality in this weird winter.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                                                            Most sugar shacks open toward the end of February every year, no? Constantin opened Feb. 14, for example.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                                                              It is much earlier this year- with the mild winter they were tapping the trees a couple weeks ago just needed some colder nights which they got.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: mangeonsca

                                                                                                                                                            I thoroughly enjoyed my meal there last Sunday - I've gone every year, and I found this year to be the best so far!

                                                                                                                                                            Photos here, if anyone wants to check it out: http://montcarte.ca/2012/03/07/au-pie...

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kimberleyblue

                                                                                                                                                              Oh man, those pics look amazing!

                                                                                                                                                              I'm so bummed I missed the deadline this year... the photos are torture!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: OliverB

                                                                                                                                                                I missed the deadline too! I sent an email to be on their waiting list at the end of February, and they called me a few days later with an opening. (They actually had two openings on offer, a Friday night for 5 people and a Sunday night for 4 people).

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: kimberleyblue

                                                                                                                                                                Wow! Looks amazing ! Im going this Sunday and im looking forward to it :) I think ill fast for the whole day before!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kimberleyblue

                                                                                                                                                                  I went last weekend as well and wasn't all that convinced. I thought it was better last year. Some of the friends who accompanied me last year agreed as well.

                                                                                                                                                                  First of all we got there Friday night at 7pm. One hour in advance. We left early to beat traffic on the 15 only to find there was no traffic. So our party of 10 stood around the bar, we had some drinks. Basically the first big table that cleared was offered to us. This was around 7:45.. By 8:30 the entire cabane was filled with people standing and waiting for their table. No other table had left yet. Our table was right in the pathway from the door to the bar. There was no way for us move.
                                                                                                                                                                  All our food (all of the appetizers + tourtiere + vol au vent) came at once. Mains and dessert followed shortly after. We had to stuff ourselves, quickly fill the tupperware we brought ourselves and make room for the main dishes. We had all our food in the span of 1.5h.
                                                                                                                                                                  It was an extraordinary amount of mount (e.g. last year the omelet/souffee was lobster and potatoes, this year this same omelet was topped of with a mound of smoked meat and cream cheese).
                                                                                                                                                                  Best dishes were the marinated herring, sturgeon sushi and the cretons with offal. The foie gras vol-au-vent was good too, but it was the one dish that really killed everyone. Big chunks of rosy foie gras. After a couple of bites, everyone went in a food coma. The main dishes still had to arrive at this point. Oh yeah, and the maple eclairs, surprisingly not so sweet, but compensated by the maple candy floss. Very good. Biggest miss was the beans for me: overly sweet, but flavourless, no spices or contrast. Sort of like a cassoulet without soul. Also the roasted duck (canard laque) was way overcooked and dry.

                                                                                                                                                                  So the food was still outstanding, the amount of food and the pace was insane. Last year we took at least 3h to eat, had time to walk around take some pictures of the environment and the food. I thought there was more balance last year in all of the dishes and the total menu. The oysters last year with maple, lime and sea water jelly were sublime.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: estilker

                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, I think I need to know more about this tupperware strategy. Did you bring a few different ones and had to fill them quickly after each course?

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                      I brought tupperwares as well! I filled up one with the pork, one with beans, and another with dessert. They do give you take-away containers if you want, but I didn't know that, filled up both tupperwares and the containers.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kimberleyblue

                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds smart. I just read this blog post that also mentioned the take-away containers too. Sounds heart-stopping!:
                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.foodiedatenight.com/2012/0...

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, I just read your review, kimberleyblue, great photos! I see we're going to have to pace ourselves and our meal is a morning brunch, ouch!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                          Went last night and had a great time and even greater food! Our party of 4 really enjoyed it! (And i have a sugar/meat hangover this morning...)
                                                                                                                                                                          Also really glad I read up here to bring tupperware, because the cabane was out of doggie bag container (a shame really because nobody can finish that amount of food). All of the other tables looked over jealously as we were filling our tupperware with leftover tourtiere, beans and soufflé... We ate approximatively 1/3 of each dish only because there is so much food! (except the appetizers, those we finished) . So thanks chowhounds for the tupperware tip!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                                                                            Is it worth ordering the tourtiere with the meal, or better to get a frozen one to take home, considering the quantity of food at the meal?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                              In our case, since we were only 4, it probably would have been better to take it frozen home, and some in our party mentionned that it was their least favorite dish of the seating (altough compared to other tourtières I've had before, its one of the best).
                                                                                                                                                                              However if you are like me and cant conceived a trip to the cabane a sucre whitout tourtiere, then order it! I froze the leftover once i got home anyway... and this way we could split the leftover between our group.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                                                                                Smart! That makes a lot of sense, freeze it after. I'm very much looking forward to our visit and it's still a few weeks away.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, that was fun! I enjoyed our meal at the cabane à sucre even more than I imagined. We did get lost on the way there, missing the very tiny sign for the Rang St Etienne but they weren't too fussed about us arriving late. It did mean we saw what we would be eating in a kind of preview at our shared table as the people next to us were always one course ahead. The portions weren't as overwhelming as I'd imagined, perhaps because we had two kids with us, and we also whisked food into our containers whenever we got tired. Loved the first course with the herring, the smoked fish sushi and the rillettes. My kids devoured most of the maple smoked brisket while we enjoyed the lobster omelette. Really an audacious take on a sugar shack classic. And I do think whatever that tarte was with all the foie gras was my favourite, such an amazing mix of textures. The kids were could barely contain themselves when the desserts came and did a great job devouring them. All in all, an experience to be repeated. Thanks for the tips on the tupperware. The staff was impressed and I found a few smaller containers to be handy for keeping some of the stickier foods separate.

                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                    I noticed today that you can buy the maple taffy, maple butter, maple cotton candy and other products to take out at the restaurant on Duluth. Also, their website mentions a special menu at the cabane à sucre in September of this year, seems to relate to apple harvest time. I wonder what that will be like?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                                                        Cool. Reservations don't seem to be as hard to get (yet), which is nice. I have loved the tarte tatin topped with foie gras at their restaurant so can only imagine what they'll come up with for an apple season menu!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                          Just got the confirmation for a seating during their apple harvest menu, already looking forward to it!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                                            I am still waiting for mine. When did you email them?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: estilker

                                                                                                                                                                                              I emailed on the 9th April. FWIW I had plenty of dates and times to choose from it seemed, so I doubt they are very far through the list!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                                                I also emailed April 9th, and got my confirmation last Wednesday on the 16th. At that point, I asked for a couple of date options for a party of 12, and they had it available. Have hope! Seems like they are slowly but surely getting through their reservation requests.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jaetee

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I emailed on April 20th. So I'll exercise some patience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jaetee

                                                                                                                                                                                                    It does say on their website a 6 to 8 weeks delay for confirmation from their end.

                                                                                                                                                                2. The Fall menu debuts tomorrow, is anyone going this weekend? Please report back, I am dying to know what is on the menu!

                                                                                                                                                                  Also, for those without a reservation, it was just announced that there are some free on Thursdays at 5:30pm and 6pm
                                                                                                                                                                  see here for details
                                                                                                                                                                  http://cabaneasucreaupieddecochon.com...

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                    I am going on Sunday and will definitely report back, with photos!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kimberleyblue

                                                                                                                                                                        Had an awesome meal!!

                                                                                                                                                                        A full report when I am out of my stupor, but you can see pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberle...

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kimberleyblue

                                                                                                                                                                          Omg, the desserts look so good. Nice presentation with the Quebon carton. And foie gras on pretty much everything savoury, by the looks of it?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                              Boohoo I emailed them at the end of April. Never got an answer.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: estilker

                                                                                                                                                                                Same here - I forwarded them a copy of my original e-mail this past Friday to ask what had happened to my request, and they called within the hour to set up a reservation for me. Going in 3 weeks!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks cherylmtl! They also never responded to my email. I will try what you did.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                                    I called them last nigt for one of the available Thursday spots. I asked them about my email and they graciously offered me a later spot on Thursday (so won't have to leave work super early and rush of the island to make it to Mirabel before 6pm). Glad I am in again :-)

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: kimberleyblue

                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you for your review kimberleyblue! I loved seeing the photos but I was also really looking forward to hearing how the flavour combinations worked! I won't be cancelling my reservation!

                                                                                                                                                                          In your blog review you mentioned taking things home - did you byo tupperware to take leftovers?

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                            Yup, I brought my own tupperware. We were a party of 5 healthy eaters this time, so we did a pretty good job of devouring everything, but we did go home with the majority of the salmon, a lot of roast beef and a big tupperware of soup.

                                                                                                                                                                            The people sharing our table also brought their own tupperware and seemed to do a good job of filling it all up.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                            We went for brunch with a big enthusiastic gang of us today and had a great time again. The kids were charmed to be greeted with a huge cotton candy each before the appetizers came. Everyone loved the soup and the brebis cheese appetizer. Surprisingly the kids loved the ham and head cheese, and the skull of course. We were all very impressed with the ravioli in the big wheel of parmesan and the generous portions of foie gras. Unfortunately all the ravioli had exploded so the liquid liver was somewhere in the sauce and we didn't get the full textural experience. Too vigorously stirred in the wheel? Or maybe a tad overcooked? Tasty nevertheless. The crepes with eggplant, broccoli and hazelnut were a big favourite, and the beef with oysters quickly devoured. It was nice to have a portion of oysters on the side as well. We all filled our tupperware with the escargots/cream/salmon dish as we were rolling around by then. We managed to regain some energy when the desserts arrived, with the winners there being the apple pie (hard to cut though, one pie too cooked?), the Quebon box ice creams and the fabulous souffle. All in all, a wonderful experience and the setting is so beautiful at this time of year. If I had one complaint in comparison to the spring menu it is that this menu had a lot more cream vs. duck fat or bacon fat, kind of uncomfortable for my cow intolerance. So we'll have to go back in the spring to keep on studying the matter in great detail.

                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                          3. Ate there last night and had a great time. Highlights for me were the four appetizers (especially the pasta) and desserts. Main courses were good but not great. Service was excellent with a festive atmosphere. Picard was in the house and I was told he is almost always there now as the big restaurant downtown is running fine without him. Highly recommended if you can get in and go with a big group as the meal is quite long.

                                                                                                                                                                            Also there is no need to bring your own container as they provide them.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nextguy

                                                                                                                                                                              I just came back from dinner there and I agree that apps and desserts were the highlights. The soup, pasta and "caillé de Brebis" were amazing. The headcheese was good but we got almost no ham which was a bit of a letdown. I found the mains disappointing. The pot roast was dry and the warm oysters brought nothing to the dish. That one was a dud. The salmon in newspaper was alright but the sides didn't really do much for me or for the salmon. The apple pie was very, very good, not too sweet and with great crust. The sticky toffee pudding in a can was meh. The soufflé was very nice as was the ice cream. It wasn't the sort of memorable experience one expects when going to the Cabane, but overall I thought it was a very good meal and certainly worth the money.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. To anyone who went for the apple menu - does anyone have rough instructions or a recipe that they could point me to that would semi replicate the glazed beef shoulder that was served? I loved the falling apart nature of the beef, compared to a more traditional, still intact roast beef. Thank you!

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                                I've been hunting for a similar recipe as well.. The only clue I have is that the meat was braised instead of roasting... e.i. cooking with some liquid but not completely covered with it, for a long period of time and not to high temperature.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                                  Falling apart? I don't think we got the same dish. Ours was anything but.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyway, if you want falling apart, cook it in the oven at very low temp. 250°F for 6 to 8 hours with liquid about halfway should do the trick.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                    .....and my email request for the upcoming season is sent! can't wait!!

                                                                                                                                                                                2. just got a phone call responding to my Dec.1 email for reservations! reserved for the sunday night of the first weekend!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: didactic katydid

                                                                                                                                                                                    Has anyone else received a phone call response for 2013 cabane reservations? I emailed at 12:01 AM on Dec 1st and haven't yet heard from 'em...didactic katydid's post is making me nervous....

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MinouLQ

                                                                                                                                                                                      I sent mine at 12:01 also and I got a first phone call on Sunday, which I missed, and then they called me back on Monday. I dont know how how their calling back list is ordered, by time of email or by date requested, or a mix of the two maybee?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the info Sophie...I feel a little more at ease now. I'll still be biting my nails 'til they call, though!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MinouLQ

                                                                                                                                                                                          No worries :) I completely understand you, I freaked out when I realized I missed their call on sunday! Its all part of the anticipation leading up to (hopefuly) another delicious meal!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                                                                                            still waiting for a call as well. definitely lots of anticipation!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: waziboy

                                                                                                                                                                                              I've also been waiting since 1:30am or so on Dec 1...but my reservation is only for March 2, maybe that's why?

                                                                                                                                                                                              MinouLQ, when is your reservation for?

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ljsfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                Ljsfoodie, I requested either April 6th OR April 7th.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: MinouLQ

                                                                                                                                                                                        I also emailed around midnight Dec. 1 and got my callback on Monday. Anyone know how quickly these things fill up? I might need to amend my reservation for April....

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: baloney

                                                                                                                                                                                          I changed my reservation around last year pretty easily. I don't think it fills up that quickly. It's the call back system that understandably takes a lot of time. I spaced out and only emailed on Dec. 2, uh oh. Last season I sent my email at 8 am on Dec. 1 and had no trouble reserving but my schedule was very flexible.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                            I’m also waiting for my callback to make a reservation.
                                                                                                                                                                                            It will be my first time and all these posts have me drooling.
                                                                                                                                                                                            A friend of mine wishes to bring her twin 6yr old kids, which from the posts, menu and the fact the meal is served over hours, I don’t think it’s appropriate.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Am I correct in my assumption?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: InterFoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                              I have been twice and there are always kids there. We took our 1.5 year old without incident and will take her again (at 3.5).

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: InterFoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                It's a sugar shack! Of course, kids can go. And if they get bored, they can just go outside and run around for a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: InterFoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The last time I went they greeted the kids with maple candy floss so that definitely put them in a good mood. As SnackHappy points out, there is lots of space for them to run around outside. And they'd probably prefer brunch, not the evening sittings. Some of the food is pretty intense for small kids (like the foie gras, head cheese) but the desserts always make up for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: didactic katydid

                                                                                                                                                                                            I think I got a call from them (Sent e-mail within the first day or two of December) the other day. Does their ID Show "Cabane" something when they call (if you have call display? I was running to the phone and when I picked it up the phone call had been disconnected but I though I saw "Cabane" something on the phone before it disconnected completely. I had given them my work number but now I regret not giving them my cell phone. I tried e-mailing them with my updated contact info but no response as of yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I am hoping to go the first weekend in March. I will be going to Montreal for Nuit Blanche/Lumiere festival that weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                              Did everyone get called back for their reservations?

                                                                                                                                                                                              I asked for a date in April but never got a call back yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: InterFoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                Got a call back but not on the date that I wanted, they couldn't even do a weekend! Unfortunately I'm just going to the Au Pied sugar shack with one other foodie, and will be going with a full group on a weekend to another shack.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Apparently they got 1000 emails on December 1st from midnight till 7am!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: InterFoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I sent an email around 7am on December 1st asking for absolutely any weekend date. Haven't heard anything back yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pitas

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good luck, my friend! My email was sent at 840am, and I got stuck with a Thursday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Can't believe how popular it is now. Maybe they should open up a second shack!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: InterFoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I got a res on the date that I asked for (Sun April 6). I drafted the email on my phone and set an alarm to go off at midnight. Woke to the alarm, waited 30 seconds, pressed send and went back to sleep. 8 weeks later a charming young woman called me to confirm my reservation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The key was clearly sending it at the Cinderella hour!

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Menu is out for this year

                                                                                                                                                                                                Menu des sucres 2013

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Manchons de poissons et canard sauce BBQ à l’érable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Salade d’oreilles CRISS.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Omelette au bacon et cervelle à l’érable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Foie gras entier sur la crêpe à Cécile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Poulet farci au cotechino, homard et foie gras / haricots amandines a l’érable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Jambon à l’ananas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Gâteau meringue a l’érable et aux noix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Jello et yogourt à l’érable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Crème glacée molle à l’érable et tire.

                                                                                                                                                                                                http://cabanepdc.tumblr.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Am I the only one underwhelmed ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Lowrent

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glad I am not going there. Horrible menu. (and you have to like liver to really enjoy all that)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Are you familiar with APDC at all? That seems like a comment made by someone who's never had Martin Picard's cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                          My feeling as well, typical APDC menu, plenty of foie gras, only the "cervelle" is less usual, but then knowing him, it should be good. And descriptions sounds to me as: under-promise, over-deliver" simple description but the dishes are complex when they arrive on the table

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That was certainly the case last year. I'll never forget being served the duck with onion rings - which was a full duck breast with a knife shoved in and onion rings the size of my head around the knife handle - and then after we started carving, about a gallon of beans with duck legs and foie was plunked on the table. It was certainly much more than advertised - and that's an understatement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also take no issue with the menu. Not sure what people are upset about or were expecting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Actually I have eaten there several times and liked the food. The Sugar Shack just has too many items on the menu with the foie gras in it. You can easily eat at APDC without having to eat foie gras. Not the case for the sugar shack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Lowrent

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well... My gut feeling was right.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Huge let down this year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If I could build a menu from all the items served from 2009 to 2013, nothing from this year would be on the table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Very nice. We leave for Montreal first thing tomorrow morning. Reservation on Sunday night. Pictures and description will soon follow, insha'allah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Are they still making calls for April onward, does anyone know? We asked for the weekend of April 5th and still haven't heard anything back, starting to get nervous!! Sent the e-mail at 12:00 AM, about 30 seconds after the strike of midnight to be safe. Still nothing. We had to break down and make our hotel reservation as not to miss out on having our favorite place to stay when we go up, so now we're sort of at APDC's mercy re: getting to go to the centerpiece of our trip!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's odd. There isn't much logic to the phone calling, by the sound of it. I spaced out and didn't send an email till Dec. 2nd (ducking to avoid shoes being thrown at me by disappointed pals) so someone else is going to have to report back about the maple jello. I'll have to try to win a reservation with their Tele Quebec contest: http://unchefalacabane.telequebec.tv/

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's just a shame there's not a more web-based reservation system where you don't have to spend two (or now three+, it seems!) months biting your nails and wondering if your e-mail ended up in their spam filter or something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. just got back to NYC from Montreal after dining here. shit was off the hook. I'll try to put together a blog post or something about it soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            re: williej's post, I think only 2 items out of a big pile had foie in them (and it was only the star in one of those). when I went to APDC itself, I think something like 5 of the 5 things we ate did.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: didactic katydid

                                                                                                                                                                                                              How do they handle a party of 2 people? Do they just seat you at the bar and serve you smaller portions? Or do you share with strangers?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                They offered us the choice of bar or table with strangers when we made the reservation. They encouraged bar and we said okay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                You do receive smaller portions (but still a huge amount) with just two people. For example, the full table behind us received this whole chicken:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.waxwingslain.com/food/verm...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We received a portion of a chicken:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.waxwingslain.com/food/verm...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                (note: WE cut that in half; it didn't arrive cut. It was wrapped up in the skin and roasted nicely, just a breast and a leg, I think. But way smaller than the whole thing).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                the brains omelette we received had maybe four lobes on it:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.waxwingslain.com/food/verm...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                but the one we saw being wheeled out was in a huge flat tray with a dozen or more lobes scattered on it (no pictures of that online).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: didactic katydid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good to know, we'll try to get seated at the bar when we arrive. Nothing against sharing with folks, it's just always easier to be left to our own devices when given that option. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think you have to ask for the bar when you confirm your reservation, not when you arrive at the restaurant - if they didn't offer you that choice, then you probably won't have it. I could be wrong, but in my (admittedly limited) experience, they mention it when they confirm your reservation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We'll sit outside near the garbage bins if we have to, so I have no problem either way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        also worth it to walk down the path and see the pigpen. It's a long walk and involves potential wipeouts if inebriated but well worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Although we had reserved for the bar, when we arrived they asked, "Would you like to sit at the bar, or at a common table?" Perhaps it was a minor language thing (maybe they were asking if we had reserved for bar or table) but I thought they were offering us a choice and was surprised. (We sat at the bar so no idea if we could have "changed" at the last minute)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Okay. I made a full report (including amateur pictures) on my blog:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://didactickatydid.blogspot.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The big and little of it is that it was an amazing meal. Our very favorite things were the pancake with baked beans and foie gras on top and (surprisingly) the pork-fat salad with duck hearts and bleu-cheese-maple dressing. The crunch of the fat plus the chewiness of the duck hearts plus the bitterness of the endive plus the creaminess of the dressing all just somehow clicked perfectly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The soft ice cream was the best dessert (the maple tire is such a perfect ice cream topping) and I have to say I was a little disappointed in the other two.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The brains omelette was just too much for us (and I do enjoy a good veal brain). I don't think this was the fault of the execution, exactly; truth is, we ate about 2-3 bites of each dish and packed the rest, and I still feel like we had to be rolled out of there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our server asked our opinions on the dishes and said they'd be making some changes as the season went on based on what was popular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The service was very fine, although there was one off note for me. Our server asked what we wanted to drink, and I asked what there was; she gave me a wine list (nothing by the glass, everything super-expensive). I asked if they had beer and kind of had to pry the types out of her. Anything else? No.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yet as the meal went on other people around us ordered things like maple daiguiris (!) and glasses of wine and other interesting stuff. Maybe there was a language barrier but I wish there had been some way for me to know about other stuff to order than just the blonde beer I drank all night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyway, have a great meal, guys! I'm still working my way through the leftovers (we coolered 'em and trucked 'em back to NYC).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: didactic katydid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wonderful report and great to see it all in the photos too. Nice to know you'll be enjoying it for a few more days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm hanging on for a cancellation - I was lucky enough to get a call for a reservation even though I sent my email on the 2nd, but the dates were not good. So I might have to just live vicariously through great posts like yours and the t.v. show which turns out to be rather charming and entertaining.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So incredibly baffling - our midnight e-mail STILL hasn't gotten a call. Great blog post, didactic - practically torture to look at that with our reservation very much up in the air.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just try giving them a call and explaining the situation - I seem to remember this happening to someone last year and they were able to get a reservation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you. :) Looks like they're smart enough to just have a message that politely hangs up on callers. There's a fax number, but I don't want my paranoia about somehow being forgotten to count against me if I do something as loony (in this day and age) as sending a fax. Perhaps they'll start ignoring our request on purpose. It's just getting closer and closer to that time and it's our anniversary... blerg. Thanks for the tip, though! Perhaps I should just take a xanax and see what happens in the next few weeks. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Are you sure you weren't able to leave a message? If not then try emailing them and explaining the situation. I had to modify my reservation for last year's Fall menu at the sugar shack and I am pretty sure I called and left a message, and they called me back. There has to be some way that people can contact them for situations of cancelling reservations etc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I would phone or send them an email. Something seems amiss. There didn't seem to be any dates left from what I was told, but then I have a big group of 8 to navigate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I sent a follow-up e-mail attached to our original one two days ago, and no call yet. Oh well. Will chalk it up to bad luck, I suppose - but it sucks to not have been called at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wouldn't give up hope just yet but it's worth making plans at a good regular cabane à sucre just in case. Always lots of fun, even without the foie gras.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Same thing happened to me...very upset. I emailed at 12:30am...I missed a call from APDC 3 weeks ago and called them back right away. No one ever picked up my call or returned followup emails. It makes no sense! Very frustrating...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So I eventually got the Cabane to add me on Twitter so I could DM them. I explained the whole situation to the manager and was told I'd get a call - someone called me and was unaware of the conversation I had with the manager, and just thought I wanted to come fill in a slot on Feb 28th that was open - but I don't live in Quebec! Asked about the dates we wanted and was told they were full. Told them about the e-mail we sent at 12 AM on Dec 1st and they asked for me to send it along again because they never saw it. Got a message today on Twitter saying "We saw your mail (manager)...." but nothing else. The suspense of this is killing me. So much for staying up and sending our e-mail at midnight - looks like we have to do this the hard way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh well, I tried. Still haven't gotten a follow-up phone call or message from them, and they stopped following me on Twitter so I can't DM them. I really don't want to annoy them any further.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's just a shame that we did everything right from square one, should have been among the first people called, and now I feel like I'm bothering them over at the Cabane just by asking for the opportunity to talk to a human being and explain myself. I absolutely adore Mr. Picard's cooking, and the in-person experience with his staff, but I really wish there were a more sensible approach to reservations. Now my wife and I will be up in Montreal, knowing this is going on the entire time we're there, and that we're not able to attend. It sucks, to say the least.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            was your initial email in english? haha just kidding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a friend of mine sent the initial email 2 days late and got a call. perhaps there's a higher chance of getting called if you're a party of 8-10 as opposed to 2. I'm sure they get thousands of requests....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: j_do

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              English and French - my wife's the bilingual one, and she sent it. The manager has apparently seen the e-mail since we re-sent it, but instead of saying "I saw it, I'm sorry, I'm going to see what I can do between now and April." or something like that, they just said "I saw the mail (manager)...." and then I didn't get a phone call all day. Eh. I don't want to annoy them any more, because I don't want to somehow affect my ability to attend future Cabanes, but part of me wants to just call and fax and tweet until someone acknowledges me and gives me a straight answer about why we never got a call and whether or not we can be squeezed in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties you guys experienced. It would have really wrecked our trip to Canada if it had happened to us (we went...pretty much entirely to eat there).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: didactic katydid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, our long international nightmare is over - we got a phone call this morning. I'm not sure what ultimately resulted in the call - I sent a fax on Monday asking for some sort of update on the situation, and this morning my wife and I each got a call (luckily, because I wasn't by my phone to get mine - a rare moment when I wasn't available, of course!). We were offered an assortment of times, so something tells me this was a generosity extended by the management due to the error/confusion, so I'm really honored. We're going on the night of Sunday the 7th of April. :) Thanks so much for everyone's kind words as my wife and I were pulling our hair out about this experience, much appreciated. We'd all but abandoned hope of getting to attend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So cool that faxes still have that kind of power, hey? Congratulations!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: didactic katydid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Two days out, I need to add something to this. We've been eating the tourtiere leftovers and I didn't say much about it before because, frankly, we could only eat a single bite each in the shack. It kept really well in the fridge and reheated really well in the toaster oven (and was even good cold) and it's AWESOME, maybe my favorite thing even though it's the least spectacular. Ground pork + chunks of whole pork with spices like clove and cinnamon, maybe, and an incredibly buttery/flaky crust. It's definitely the most worthwhile part of the meal; we got a half pie for $10 and ate it at four meals!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Is there a seperate thread to discuss the "apple season" at Cabane a Sucre? Tried doing a search on here. I imagine this has been posted already but I put in a request the other day :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://cabaneasucreaupieddecochon.com...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and was surprised to get a call today already! I am pretty sure I missed a call for my reservation for the "cabane a sucre" this current season so I made sure to leave my cell number this time around. (when I picked up my office phone I saw what looked like the name of the restaurant last time but it was too late). Did they have another company handling their Cabane a Sucre reservations before? Someone from Just for Laughs called me today to finalize the reservation. Last day of August.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was thinking it might have been nice to go in October instead, during the actual apple season but hoping to plan some other trips then (coming from Toronto area).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Im guessing that Juste pour Rire is handling the reservations from now on (hence the new email pieddecochon@hahaha.com). That would also explain why they were so quick to come back to you, they have probably allready a system in place to handle reservations on this scale which is more akin to a show almost. I was at the cabane a sucre on saturday and I think M.Rozon was there with a group actually, they were chatting with M.Picard so I guess there is a new partnership for the reservation at least. I sent a request on monday too but no call yet. Im curious how this will play out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah yes, that makes sense. I was curious about the @hahaha.com address before but I didn't put the two things together! Makes sense to have a partnership like this, plus, the Google form probably makes it easier for them to collect the necessary information vs. the people writing emails that may be hard to sift through. I hope they carry it forward for future use too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Can anyone direct me to a review comparing the "apple" season to the normal Cabane a Sucre? Curious of those in particular that have been to both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I actually liked the apple season better than this years sugaring off season. The food was better overall and there wasn't so damn much of it. This year's sugaring off menu was just so brown and heavy and the desserts as a first course killed my appetite for the rest of the meal. If I had to give any advice, it would be to just through all the desserts right in a container, have the flan and the shots and wait for the starters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EDIT: I understand that Picard's whole shtick is heavy, brown food and gargantuan portions, but I think, this year, he's outdone himself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree with that, I prefered last year apple season to this year's sugar menu. However the desserts at first were my favorite part (followed by the appetizers)! I went twice to the sugar shack this year and the second time I actually ate my fill of the first serving of desserts. Also they dont keep as well in tupperware as say the ham or the stuffed chicken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTW if anybody is still going I recommend trying to snatch the bone in the ham, I made a really nice pea soup off that bone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We really should break this thread up into yearly and seasonal threads too, so long to read or to find new info. I went to both seasons last year and preferred the sugaring off season because there was less cream and butter, more bacon and duck fat so that worked better for my cow's milk food intolerance. Lots of foie gras in both meals so that was ideal. I think I posted some photos in this thread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  somewhere? Will check and see. Oh, found them: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5904...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The new reservation system is promising and I was wondering about the hahaha.com email address. Looking forward to getting a call.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. anyone know what the max number of people is per table?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: j_do

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We managed to squeeze 12 in around one long table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We were 12 too this time and it was comfortable with people seating at both end. They have two longer tables on the extreme right of the shack where i think you could seat up to 16-18 people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. What do people drink at the Cabane ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beer ? wine ? ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  they have a decent bar... I remember drinking an ungodly amount of lagavulin + Jameson shots + beer in feb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Most people drink beer, but they also have a wine list as well as cocktails and a selection of liquor. I can't tell you much about the wine list as I'm not much of a wino, but prices start around $60.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I enjoyed their specialty maple inspired cocktails.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For the Cabane aux pommes, they had a house-made cider that went well with the food. Also decent beers on tap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I complained about this last month, but we asked them what they had to drink and they said, "beer and wine", which disappointed me because I wanted some maple cocktail. Then I saw other people ordering maple daiquiris. I don't know why they concealed the existence of the maple drinks from us but it wasn't that big a deal because the beer was good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Bucket List for me. Right now, I can only enjoy vicariously through all of your experiences and also the Cabane a Sucre Cookbook I have.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Bumping up an old thread as I don't see a specific one for Apple Season posting. Is anyone planning to go? I have booked for the Labour Day long weekend and I am driving in from Toronto area. I originally planned for the Saturday evening but not sure why because of the location and I am planning to spend time in Montreal. I think I will change to Sunday night instead and hit it up on my way back. Just curious if there is a big difference between the lunch and dinner experiences? Would you recommend one over the other (for those that went last season).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If there are any CHers that are interested in going but just don't have someone that would join them for something like this then feel free to contact me via my profile (I have an e-mail in there).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It is super last minute as I need to confirm my reservation this afternoon but hope that someone can give me some feedback to the above.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We have reservations for the 14th! I think that the menu is the same for lunch or dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I feel like the telephone operators working for Just For Laughs are a bit clueless. One guy said the meal was 2 hours or so, another guy said "30 to 45 minutes". Ha. And the confirmation e-mail doesn't put the address of the Sugar Shack itself on it instead it has an address on St. Laurent (I guess the address of JFL). Why not make it easier for patrons and put the details all in the confirmation e-mail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyway, I am going next Sunday for dinner. Will just be going myself in the end, curious to see how it goes with servings for a single patron vs going with a large group.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You'll probably get a lot of food so I'd recommend taking some containers with you as no one frowns on that here, and I think there are some seats at the bar. It's great fun and I've been to both the apple season and the maple season and both are equally festive and delicious. We usually go for brunch but the menu is the same for all meals. And it's definitely not half an hour! We're going around Thanksgiving so it would be great to read a report on the menu this season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No need to take containers. They provide them, now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Apple season menu was insane this time around. Apologies for not being too descriptive - oh, and the pork and cheese courses were MASSIVE:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Squash and parm risotto

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Salad with apples and walnuts (you will love the presentation of this. so fun.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vegetable soup with pesto and cream, salmon and duck

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Apple pie with gruyere topped with a lobe of foie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pork variety platter with apples and potatoes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Breads and hard and soft cheeses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Apple caramel doughnuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mille feuille
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Soft serve squash and stout beer ice cream

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great, thanks! How long approximately was the meal? I am debating whether I should change my 6pm dinner reservation to a lunch reservation next Sunday. I was originally thinking of driving either to Ottawa or back to Toronto after but now wondering how stuffed I will be and thinking I might just want to sleep after or walk to Ottawa to burn off some of the meal! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If it's anything like last year's, the last thing you would want to do is head out for a long highway drive afterwards, IMHO. It was hard enough heading back to the city from there - expect to be very full, and depending on how much you drink, that won't help.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the menu! They usually post it on their tumblr or website but I havent seen anything yet this year so I was happy to get a peek of what to expect when we'll go :) :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mfunk9786

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Neat experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our soup came with sturgeon instead of salmon. I found the soup very ordinary- didn't waste any precious space on the soup after a couple teaspoons. While the salad presentation was cute (salad still planted in pots, and dressed yet still rooted, so served with scissors so you had to harvest the salad by snipping it onto the plate), I wondered how they could wash the greens effectively. I grow my own lettuce and greens, but still wash the leaves in several exchanges of water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My favourite parts were the apple pie with foie, the trotter (from the platter), the liver pancake (from the platter) and the doughnut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I disliked the medicinal taste of the stout softserve, and the pastry in our mille feuille seemed burnt to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Neat apple-themed cocktails, I liked the cranberry apple spiced rum slush.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thought I share a couple of photos that show the massive quantities of food in the "main course" platters of meat, cheese and bread. This was for a party of 6, and that meat platter literally spanned the width of the table. And this was served after the first courses, which would have made 2 meals over just on their own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fair warning to anyone going in warm weather -- it gets damn hot in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow! that's a shit ton of food,even for 6 ppl!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TJo..when will you be doing you Montreal trip review. I'm going this weekend and I'd like to hear your thoughts since it's obvious you used the same concierge as me.. :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yep, it was crazy. And remember this was after being served half of a super rich apple pie topped with cheddar and an enormous lobe of foie gras, an entire dutch oven of soup (yes, they just brought the entire pot to the table), a huge skillet of risotto, and a salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So my ultimate take on eating at APCD's Cabane a Sucre is that it's fun to do once. While the food was good, nothing was bowl-me-over great. It's clearly a "shock and awe" sort of approach to a meal, which is fun with a group, but not something I need to repeat. But the value is insane at $50/person.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, and I really liked the apple filled doughnuts. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nice! That pie with the foie looks insane...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We have reservations on the 28th for 4 people. I requested it by email on the same day that the reservations opened.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It turns out that they have placed us at the bar. This is a major disappointment since we are going with friends we haven't seen in awhile and expect to converse face to face.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I may have to transfer my reservation to a work colleague if they cannot find us a table...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FrenchPeach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My advice: Keep the reservation. Go sit at the bar. Enjoy the theatre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: FrenchPeach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's so noisy, you will not be able to converse without screaming; and you will probably be too busy to eat to converse!!! do it before or after !!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This thread is very long but it does seem like a good place to put our report on our brunch today. The weather was fantastic, leaves in full glory, and the cabane did not disappoint. Our only glitch is that they treat children's reservations as if the children are tiny (so we were squeezed into a very small table) and then the policy seems to be children are charged $20 but don't actually get any portions. So due to confusion over whether a 13 year old who eats like an adult was child or adult we found ourselves fighting over a half pie for seven. Not cool or terribly festive, especially when they added $40 to the bill for the extra half pie requested and also charge adult for the teen. The pie charge was eventually removed though so that was okay and our portions did improve as we continued on, even though we were still cramped and clearly getting less food than the 8 next to us. I'd rather pay for proper portions than haggle, frankly. Maybe they need a different pricing scale for kids and teens like other cabanes have.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stand-outs were the foie gras apple pie, the risotto, and the mysterious ice cream of questionable colour and fabulous taste. The choucroute platter was lovely and I appreciated that this apple season was less heavy on cream. We didn't have the soup others mentioned here, but a good cheesy risotto made on the spot. A glass of cider went well with the apple feast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I want on Sunday evening. I feel like I will be digesting my meal for a week or two still. I took 4 containers of left overs for one person! My meals yesterday were all covered by leftovers with plenty left. I will write more later in the week but recommend checking it out. I understand there are still limited spots for this season. Call the Just for Laughs box office for reservations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With there being so much food I felt like I couldn't really focus on the tastes/flavours as much. I just kept thinking "so much food"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Well, for those who wanted to partake of the 2014 maple edition and didn't send in your request, you're already out of luck:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://fr.canoe.ca/artdevivre/cuisine...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: saved94

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow, that was fast! I put in a request at like 12:08 am. I should be safe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: waziboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Sunday brunch at the restaurant really is a good option for something similar but different. I was hoping that web form would be something like Open Table but I guess we have to wait for phone calls again anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: waziboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you did fill out the form keep an eye on your phone. Got the call back today and have a date and time confirmed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jack daniels

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh man this is stressful. I've been in a panic for the whole week thinking I gave them the wrong phone number or something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They don't hang up if they get an answering machine do they!? I know I got an email confirmation before a phone call for apple season. Eek!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Bytowner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They do hang up and try again later. Figured that out from caller id today. Good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well that really stinks, was looking forward to it. Hope whoever gets mine enjoys it :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bytowner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No, I meant that they try calling again later, not that you ought to try again. I'm sure they keep everyone in some kind of sequence. You could try calling the Just for Laughs box office if you are worried?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: waziboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did you end up getting one? I didn't get mine in until the morning so I think I may be out of luck for this year... Next year I will be online at midnight for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Tzonis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No call yet, but I'm still hopeful! It wouldn't make sense that 12:07 am was too late to make the cut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This isn't a Rolling Stones concert, is it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: waziboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have no idea.... this is my first attempt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Tzonis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am not sure if it is the same this year, but on previous years when I have booked for the apple or the maple season, it has sometimes taken weeks for them to follow up with the booking, even if I had sent an email right on midnight! Don't stress!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Tzonis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, just saw this on their twitter feed:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Nous respectons l'ordre chronologique. Nous sommes rendus à répondre aux gens de 00:03. #CabanePDC"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yikes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bytowner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          argh I am probably out of the loop with my 8:00 am sending... damn alarm didnt ring :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bytowner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yikes is right! Next time I need to be online at the stroke of midnight!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Tzonis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, it says here they have space for 19,000 so it shouldn't be too dire? http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Plateaumaman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Does anyone have a confirmed reservation who put in their request after 12:10 am on December 1st?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: waziboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I actually went through restaurant administration to get the kitchen table booked for us in April as it wasn't mentioned in the website app. That being said, I also put in a regular reservation at 12:45am, and the person told me that by 12:04am they were already in the couple of thousands of requests and that he doesn't think I would have made it with the regular booking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FYI, by contacting the restaurant directly you may still find availability for the kitchen table - it's a 1400$ prix fixe and can seat 14 (we'll be 10). It does come with a magnum of champagne!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Still, hope you get a table!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Voidsinger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This could be a good option, did you just call the main reservation number?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Tzonis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I got an email from them a couple of days ago saying they are currently working on reservations they received until 12:05 am and I will receive a call within a week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: waziboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Huh. I know I got mine in before 12:05 and nothing for me. Brutal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I assume it's a volume thing, but the Apple season system was much more pleasant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: waziboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, no more whining from me. Got the call, 4 booked for March 1. Stoked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Tzonis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nope, I went through the email listed on the web page at the time of reservations. I believe it was pieddecochon@hahaha.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I think I read through most of the replies here but I had a question - how does one get out there if they don't have a car?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is it easy to arrange a taxi for the return trip? Or can they call one for you when your meal is finished? Also are minivan cabs readily available in Montreal?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just trying to figure out the logistics.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: radiopolitic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would be better to find a friend with a car !!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            IMO, Having a taxi come in and come out will be very costly. (maybe call a taxi service for a money quote).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: radiopolitic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, ideal is to find a friend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Otherwise, a one day car rental/communauto would be less expensive than cabs both way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Second that. Caught a weekend special from Locations d'automobile Discount, came to $69 all in for 3 days' rental (insurance covered by credit card).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: radiopolitic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Carless friends and carless me have gone