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The Essential Guide to Montreal Sugar Shack Menus, 2015

Cabane à sucres go urban.

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The idea of co-opting and recreating the sugar shack experience in the city has taken off in Montreal in a major way—it's marginally cliché come springtime. Most menus accenting maple are departing from old standards, which can be a hit-and-miss affair. Forget Caribou and tire d'érable—you're more likely to start off with a maple water apéritif and finish with a precious riff on maple pie these days. And don't look for the usual fèves au lard, tourtière and oreilles de crisse either. Montreal chefs are playing with all the rib-sticking classics; dressing them up with culinary school techniques, heightening them with luxurious and/or unusual ingredients and fusing them with outside influences. Here are 12 urban cabane à sucre experiences currently going on in Montreal.

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1. Le Bon Vivant

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2705 Notre-Dame O
H3J 1N9, Canada
(514) 316-4585
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This Saint-Henri restaurant close to Atwater Market is doing a cabane à sucre brunch on four successive Sundays in April. The menu is a soigné little departure from the norm—think birch sap and gin shots and Berkshire pork, tourtière-style, with blinis, sauerkraut, mushroom duxelle and borsht aioli. Reserve here.

2. L'Orignal

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479 Rue Saint-Alexis, Montreal
QC H2Y 1X4, Canada
(514) 303-0479
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You can still enjoy L'Orignal's regular menu in April, or try the Old Montreal restaurant's spin on sugar shack fare. Three courses for $40, available nightly throughout the month. The menu will change too. Best to call for reservations.

3. Les Trois Petits Bouchons

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4669 rue St-Denis, Montreal
QC H2J 2L5, Canada
(514) 285-4444
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Chef Audrey Dufresne will preside over a special cabane à sucre menu on April 5, 12, 19 and 26 at one of the city's best buvettes. Call for reservations.

4. Communion

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135 rue de la Commune Ouest, Montreal
QC H2Y 2V2, Canada
(514) 937-6555
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The Old Montreal restaurant La Presse critic Marie-Claude Lortie calls "rétro chic, un peu brasserie revisitée" inaugurated sugar shack dinner and brunch menus in mid-March. The former features four courses for $45, with items from chef J.C. Morency (pictured) like pea soup with foie gras emulsion, maple salmon gravlax with beets and whipped yogurt and pork loin with maple parsnip purée and cranberry gastrique.

5. Invitation V

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254, rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal
QC H2V 1T5, Canada
(514) 271-8111
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How about a cabane à sucre menu from a vegan bistro? Why not. Invitation V will pull it off with a $40 prix fixe brunch the first two weekends of April. Two services at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call to reserve.

6. Le Richmond

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377 Rue Richmond, Montréal
QC H3J 1T9, Canada
(514) 508-8749
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This plush Griffintown restaurant serves maple-themed brunches every Sunday throughout the spring. Check out the menu here.

7. Laurie Raphaël

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2050 Mansfield, Montreal
QC H3A 1Y9, Canada
(514) 985-6072
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Chef Daniel Vézina's restaurant in Hôtel Le Germain offers a cabane à sucre twist for brunch. The first two weekends of April represent your last chance to try the likes of spruce beer with whiskey and maple syrup, porky maple doughnut sandwiches and rabbit with truffles and foie gras.

8. Jack Saloon

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262 Saint-Paul Est, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 564-7980
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This show bar, restaurant, pub hybrid in Old Montreal will transform into a sugar shack on April 12 between 1 and 4 p.m.. A prix fixe $32 brunch features the likes of bourbon onion soup, salmon tartare, a hot pulled pork sandwich and rib eyes cooked over maple wood.

9. Renoir

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1155 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal
QC H3A 2N3, Canada
(514) 285-9000
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Chef Olivier Perret's sugar shack inspired menu at the Sofitel hotel's flagship restaurant is a more intricate, multi-course affair. On offer every Wednesday between 5 and 9 p.m. until April 8.

10. Scena

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149 De la Commune Est, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 288-0914
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The annual 'Un Chef à l'érable' series at this Old Montreal space at Quai Jacques-Cartier runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. until April 12. The resident chef in charge of the maple-centric menu this year is Laurent Godbout of Chez l'Épicier. The $60 menu includes five courses.

11. Labarake / Caserne à Manger

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3165, rue Rachel Est, Montreal
QC H1W 1A3, Canada
(514) 521-0777
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A sugar shack theme menu in the old Angus Shops fire house in Rosemont? Très Montréal. Until mid-April at Labarake.

12. Le Slang

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5669 Monkland Avenue, Montreal
QC H4A 1C7, Canada
(514) 600-1600
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This Monkland Village restaurant will hold a sugar shack brunch on Sunday, April 12 from noon to 6 p.m. with maple taffy, a spit-roasted piglet, special cocktails and guest chefs Athiraj Phrasavath (Mercuri), Pablo Rojas, Hakim Rahal (Laurea), Lee Sallafranque (Hotel Place d'Armes), Yves Lowe (Hotel Place d'Armes) and Joe Rodriguez (Tapas 24).

1. Le Bon Vivant

2705 Notre-Dame O, H3J 1N9, Canada
This Saint-Henri restaurant close to Atwater Market is doing a cabane à sucre brunch on four successive Sundays in April. The menu is a soigné little departure from the norm—think birch sap and gin shots and Berkshire pork, tourtière-style, with blinis, sauerkraut, mushroom duxelle and borsht aioli. Reserve here.
2705 Notre-Dame O
H3J 1N9, Canada

2. L'Orignal

479 Rue Saint-Alexis, Montreal, QC H2Y 1X4, Canada
You can still enjoy L'Orignal's regular menu in April, or try the Old Montreal restaurant's spin on sugar shack fare. Three courses for $40, available nightly throughout the month. The menu will change too. Best to call for reservations.
479 Rue Saint-Alexis, Montreal
QC H2Y 1X4, Canada

3. Les Trois Petits Bouchons

4669 rue St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2L5, Canada
Chef Audrey Dufresne will preside over a special cabane à sucre menu on April 5, 12, 19 and 26 at one of the city's best buvettes. Call for reservations.
4669 rue St-Denis, Montreal
QC H2J 2L5, Canada

4. Communion

135 rue de la Commune Ouest, Montreal, QC H2Y 2V2, Canada
The Old Montreal restaurant La Presse critic Marie-Claude Lortie calls "rétro chic, un peu brasserie revisitée" inaugurated sugar shack dinner and brunch menus in mid-March. The former features four courses for $45, with items from chef J.C. Morency (pictured) like pea soup with foie gras emulsion, maple salmon gravlax with beets and whipped yogurt and pork loin with maple parsnip purée and cranberry gastrique.
135 rue de la Commune Ouest, Montreal
QC H2Y 2V2, Canada

5. Invitation V

254, rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC H2V 1T5, Canada
How about a cabane à sucre menu from a vegan bistro? Why not. Invitation V will pull it off with a $40 prix fixe brunch the first two weekends of April. Two services at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call to reserve.
254, rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal
QC H2V 1T5, Canada

6. Le Richmond

377 Rue Richmond, Montréal, QC H3J 1T9, Canada
This plush Griffintown restaurant serves maple-themed brunches every Sunday throughout the spring. Check out the menu here.
377 Rue Richmond, Montréal
QC H3J 1T9, Canada

7. Laurie Raphaël

2050 Mansfield, Montreal, QC H3A 1Y9, Canada
Chef Daniel Vézina's restaurant in Hôtel Le Germain offers a cabane à sucre twist for brunch. The first two weekends of April represent your last chance to try the likes of spruce beer with whiskey and maple syrup, porky maple doughnut sandwiches and rabbit with truffles and foie gras.
2050 Mansfield, Montreal
QC H3A 1Y9, Canada

8. Jack Saloon

262 Saint-Paul Est, Montreal, QC, Canada
This show bar, restaurant, pub hybrid in Old Montreal will transform into a sugar shack on April 12 between 1 and 4 p.m.. A prix fixe $32 brunch features the likes of bourbon onion soup, salmon tartare, a hot pulled pork sandwich and rib eyes cooked over maple wood.
262 Saint-Paul Est, Montreal
QC, Canada

9. Renoir

1155 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H3A 2N3, Canada
Chef Olivier Perret's sugar shack inspired menu at the Sofitel hotel's flagship restaurant is a more intricate, multi-course affair. On offer every Wednesday between 5 and 9 p.m. until April 8.
1155 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal
QC H3A 2N3, Canada

10. Scena

149 De la Commune Est, Montreal, QC, Canada
The annual 'Un Chef à l'érable' series at this Old Montreal space at Quai Jacques-Cartier runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. until April 12. The resident chef in charge of the maple-centric menu this year is Laurent Godbout of Chez l'Épicier. The $60 menu includes five courses.
149 De la Commune Est, Montreal
QC, Canada

11. Labarake / Caserne à Manger

3165, rue Rachel Est, Montreal, QC H1W 1A3, Canada
A sugar shack theme menu in the old Angus Shops fire house in Rosemont? Très Montréal. Until mid-April at Labarake.
3165, rue Rachel Est, Montreal
QC H1W 1A3, Canada

12. Le Slang

5669 Monkland Avenue, Montreal, QC H4A 1C7, Canada
This Monkland Village restaurant will hold a sugar shack brunch on Sunday, April 12 from noon to 6 p.m. with maple taffy, a spit-roasted piglet, special cocktails and guest chefs Athiraj Phrasavath (Mercuri), Pablo Rojas, Hakim Rahal (Laurea), Lee Sallafranque (Hotel Place d'Armes), Yves Lowe (Hotel Place d'Armes) and Joe Rodriguez (Tapas 24).
5669 Monkland Avenue, Montreal
QC H4A 1C7, Canada

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