St. Benoît de Mirabel , Québec
Canada J7N 2R9
Tel: 450 258 1732
Concierge.com's insider take:
Each spring, at dozens of cabanes à sucre (sugar shacks) in the rural areas outside Montréal, visitors can see how sap is turned into syrup and can sample traditional Québecois dishes made with lots of the sweet stuff. The food alone usually isn't worth the trip. Unless, of course, you're headed to Martin Picard's Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon, in St. Benoît de Mirabel, a 45-minute drive from downtown Montréal. The restaurant, opened in 2010, maintains the whimsy of Au Pied de Cochon (see the cheeky logo of a pig drinking maple syrup straight from a tree), and the food is just as intense. Indulgences on the 12-dish prix fixe menu might include egg soufflé with smoked sturgeon and pulled pork, cabbage stuffed with ground pork and chunks of lobster, beignets fried in duck fat, and taffy made table-side by pouring lines of maple syrup onto a bed of ice.—Danielle Contray
Open Thursdays and Fridays 5 to 9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 2 pm and 5 to 9 pm, mid-March through early May.
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