La Cage – Brasserie sportive has just recently renovated its restaurant in Ville St-Laurent, and has created a bigger and better space for its guests. One cannot help but be impressed when walking inLa Cage – Brasserie sportive, with a mezzanine second floor, and a variety of different seating arrangements to satisfy the needs of many different group sizes. We were placed in a booth that could have sat six people, and sat for a while, in awe of the sheer size of this venue. I was struck by the fact that although we were seated in a gigantic Sports bar, with the distraction of huge tv screens, music playing and many guests present, our table space nevertheless had an intimate feel to it and we were able to have a conversation without having to raise our voices. If the designer did this on purpose, congratulations are in order.
We were warmly welcomed by our waiter, who was accompanied by an earnest-looking waitress in training. We ordered wine from the well-itemized drinks menu, and turned our attention to the food menu.
The menu selection is quite varied, with certainly enough beef, fish and chicken choices and a few vegetarian options. There are the classic chicken wings, offered in four different heat possibilities, from mild to “911” hot. To name a few choices, but far from providing an exhaustive list, salads, burgers, ribs, fish. Ciabatta, wraps, tartares, poutine and nachos are on offer. Many of the items are offered in different portion sizes, and there is a children’s menu with seven choices.
We decided to start with a Greek salad ($5.39) and some onion rings ($5.89) as entrées. Both dishes were clearly homemade, and very fresh. The single slice of Feta cheese was mild and moist, and placed on an assortment of bite-sized vegetables. The onion rings were thick slices of onion in a light batter, and served with a tangy chipotle sauce.
Our main dishes were the fish and chips ($15.29) and the macaroni and cheese ($11.99). The fish and chips dish consisted of a good-sized deep-fried fish fillet served with lots of fries, delicious coleslaw and tartare sauce. The macaroni and cheese was more of an adult pleaser, with a peppery sauce. We wondered if the same recipe was used for the children’s menu, and whether it would please picky eaters. There was a lot of pepper in the sauce. The dish might have benefited from a side of vegetables, something prepared in such a way to balance itself against the rich creamy sauce.
Since I take my work as a reviewer very seriously, I made a point of ordering dessert for both of us, so as to be able to honestly report on their quality: all lies! I just love dessert. I was not disappointed by our choices: the Decadent Cup ($4.75), a heavenly treat of vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramelised pecans and crumbled chocolate chip cookies, and the Bread Pudding Bites ($6.59) -bite-sized and easy to share (but you will not want to share) and served with a yummy caramel dipping sauce.
La Cage – Brasserie sportive is a superior chain restaurant, for three principal reasons: the good quality and freshness of the food, the smartly renovated space and the excellent service; and this is why I highly recommend it.