Cabotins – A truly funky spot out east
A while ago I received and email from a reader asking me if I ever checked out Cabotins. Usually, I pride myself on having a pretty good list of most places that serve brunch in the city but this one wasn’t on it and what was more impressive was that it was in the East end where I live. I did not find much online but the person who wrote the email seemed really impressed by it, so naturally, I jumped at the next chance to go.
At 1st glance
When you walk into Cabotins, you really walk into another world. The décor is unlike anything I have ever seen before. First of all, outside are tables that are covered with 3 glass walls and a roof so you can technically eat there and it’s a mix of terrace with shelter. The inside is another thing; there are living room lamps attached to the ceiling so in essence they are upside down. There is an old school bathtub for dishes, mannequin bottoms wearing underwear, a hutch where you can get unique salt and pepper shakers, sugar containers on the tables in mickeys and a private room where they serve you though a little hatch. Seriously, words and pictures cannot describe the unique little touches of this place.
Right off the bat the décor impressed us so we raised the bar to see if the food was as impressive. With a total of 3 people and only a single page, double sided menu with either table d’hôte or à la carte options, we were in a good position to get a fair sampling of the menu. The table d’hôte is $17 and gets you orange juice, a mini croissant with jam on the side, a fruit salad, a choice of 4 dishes selected from the a la carte menu and coffee. The menu does change from week to week so some of the items we had may not be there when you go but it should give you some sort of idea of what there is. The menu breakdown of the à la carte is as follows:
Two of these menu items are actual lunch items but the rest cover some of the classic items you would want for brunch although, French toast and waffles are missing. We all decided to pick a varied dish and my friend had the Piggy Plate ($10.50) which is: 3 eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, beans, cretons and potatoes. This dish was very filling as it has load of food and is tasty. The fact it had a third egg is enough to satisfy the hungriest of appetites. The sausage was tasty, the potatoes were impressive, the ham came as thick pieces and had a honey glaze to it which was outstanding. The coffee was, unfortunately, not included but refills were free. Overall, it was a good choice and the portion size was generous; I would have liked free coffee but you can’t have everything.
The poached eggs ($10.50) was served on a banana leaf and had two poached eggs on a fluffy pastry kind of bread, a yummy vegetable sauce, assorted vegetables and a side of potatoes. The sauce was very tasty and was not too heavy. In fact, this dish was nice and light considering all the vegetables. The potatoes as in the previous dish were a success and the banana leaf on the bottom, although not edible, is a nice touch. This dish may not be ideal if you are on the hungry side.
I ordered the table d’hote and started with the orange juice, fruit cup and mini croissant. The orange juice was a nice touch and the fruit cup was nice and varied and of a decent size. The croissant was somewhat small, more like mini, but the jam was delicious. Of the 4 choices I opted for the sweet crepe which had fruit and chocolate. This was one of the best sweet crepes I have had in a while. The sweetness was natural and the chocolate complimented it perfectly. Also, the size was very generous and they had a star fruit on the side.
Our waiter was amazing. He was really fun and made jokes and offered us some suggestions as he described the menu. He checked up on us often and our coffee refills were frequent.
This menu has a couple of vegetarian items. I would say half of the menu is vegetarian friendly but it’s not a large offering so options are limited.
The décor is really funky; it has some novel ideas with an attention to detail. The food comes from a good menu that changes often and has the table d’hôte for those who want everything. I enjoyed the food, the service and the décor. The special room likely needs reservations and would likely be cool on Valentine’s Day. This place is making me more and more impressed with the East end brunch options and keep an eye on this area since thing are shaking up.
| 4821, Sainte-Catherine east
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