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Last updated: Jun 12, 2019
Since 2015, La Creperie Group has opened a new concept: La Cabane. A French bistrot offering authentic specialties from the Alps, such as Fondue, Raclette, Tartiflette. But also delicious traditional french dishes: Foie gras, duck magret, etc.
Cheese, So Much Cheese! The moment you walk in La Cabane you’ll feel that smell. It was the first time I had Raclette and it was so much fun! The set was 198 RMB with slices of Raclette cheese, potato, cold cuts, pickles and a bit of salad. You can also get the extra cheese with 40 RMB more. I couldn’t stop using the grill device with small pans to melt the cheese, and watched it slide onto the steam potato. It was very satisfying even just by watching it. And this is how to have fun while eating.
Besides Raclette, we also got potatoes savoyarde. I love this classic potato dish. Crunchy and flavorful with mouthful of chunks of potato, it was very delicious. I had a lemonade to balance all the cheese out and stay fresh, but it was a bit too sweet for my taste.
La cabane means shelter and this place is warm, cute, and very cozy! Perfect for winter like this. I went there for lunch and took hours with all the melting and talking. It’s quite a sociable and relaxing dining to do with friends, family, or date. The staff was friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. It’s hard to go wrong with plenty of cheese anyways!
The Beef: Get the bourguignon if you feel like a hearty dish. Paired with mashed potatoes, it’s French comfort food at its best. But if you don’t eat anything else, don’t miss out on the cheese fondue. Probably the best in town. The cheese is flavorful - a mix of Emmental, raclette, cheddar, and heavy on the marsala wine. It was fun to eat through all its stages – on the stringy side at first before fully melting, then perfectly textured for dipping, and when it gets to the bottom, the cheese gets curdy and crusty and you just want to scrape the pot clean (still too hot for licking). The fondue comes with bread pieces (and refills), but I not-so-secretly wished they had an assortment such as vegetables, sausages, etc.
The Gang: Small groups of friends, mostly French. Fortunately, service was anything but French. Our waitress Joanna (sp?) was extremely accommodating to our requests. We asked to switch out items on the set menu, demanded toasted bread pieces for the fondue (they serve them untoasted) …definitely rather obnoxious guests that were not easy to please.
The Motive: Great for an intimate date night, where you can double dip all you want. The wine list is extensive, and the cocktails are strong. Get the corner table by the window for more privacy although the downside is that it’s harder to flag down service. End the evening on a sweet note with apple tartine a la mode, then see where the night takes you.
The Damage: There is a set menu for 2 for 458RMB. Fondue comes in 2 sizes - 200g (168RMB) or 300g (228RMB), go big or go home in this case. Mains range from 118RMB-238RMB. Drinks include beer, wine, cocktails ranging from 30RMB-80RMB.
The Down n’ Dirty: Slightly outside the restaurant out by the back, past the foosball table in the corner. Relatively well cleaned, separate for the mademoiselles and monsieurs. Genial!
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