Annex 47: Rockaberry | Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

1810 Saint-Martin
Laval, Quebec

Bus:  STL 39, 42, 45, 50, 60, 61, 63, 65, 70, 76

Visit:  October 11, 2011

My burger adventure at Jack Astor’s needed to be capped off with something good.  Whenever I’m accompanied by my trusted colleague, I leave it up to him to throw down the dessert gauntlet.  At first, we were going to go to somewhere I’ve been before, but I pushed for somewhere new.  As a blogger who goes to restaurants, you can understand why I would want to go somewhere else.

Our entry into Rockaberry was quaint and quiet.  It was nearly 2 p.m. and most of the lunch rush were long gone.  So, we basically had a vast amount of tables to choose from.  Much like a regular restaurant, we were allowed to order from a menu.  I was worried before I was under the impression that we’d have to order at a counter.

The service was quite nice.  This wasn’t only because there wasn’t anyone around, but because the server was genuinely nice.  I watched as a number of people had their eyes glued on a soccer game.  That’s very understandable due to the lazy part of the afternoon.  The service never really suffered the whole time we were there.

I liked my time there because we were allowed to sit for a long period of time without getting hassled to leave.  I know of restaurants that push customers along so that they can free up tables.  Lately, I’ve been enjoying just sitting there and talking.  I find that we don’t really get to do a lot of that these days with the internet and social media running our lives.  After the almost two hours of us being there, we paid and left.  It was that easy and painless.

The other big thing that I noticed was the lunch menu.  Being the burger person that I am, I amazingly spotted the Rockaburger on the menu.  Despite being told by my colleague to pretend I didn’t see it, I had to add it to my ever so growing list of burgers to eat.  I know it’s probably a bad idea to have a burger at a dessert place, but I always stress the following, I have to try them all.

Boston Cream Pie w/Ice Cream - View 1

Boston Cream Pie w/Ice Cream - View 2

This was my colleague’s pie.  He wasn’t too impressed by it since this was not his normal choice.  Personally, when I look at it, it seems very aesthetically pleasing.  The choice of ice cream is an extra charge.  I’d give it a try, but after hearing the criticisms, I would be a whole lot more hesitant.

Apple Crumb Pie

My first GBS Annex pie experience was at Rotisserie Laurier back in March.  That pie seemed store bought and it was colder than a trip to Winnipeg.  To sum up, I wasn’t happy.  I have a loved for anything that has cooked or baked apples in them.  Apple pies are probably one of the desserts I’d kill for, next to Blackforest cake.  So, it’s obvious what I’d pick in this situation.

Upon first seeing the pie, I wasn’t too impressed by the outer appearance.  But, when it comes to apple pie, it’s what’s inside that really counts.  I know the picture isn’t too great, but I can assure you that what’s to follow made my day.

The apples were cooked perfectly, which is to my liking.  The crumbs weren’t as bad as I thought they would be.  The thing that worried me the most was the crust.  I thought that would be the hardest part to put down, but it really wasn’t.  In all, of all the apple pies I had in my life, this one ranks among the best ever.  It was so good, that I almost abandoned Mr. Lew’s Great Burger Search in favor of Mr. Lew’s Apple Pie Crusade.

Now, I guess you want some sort of criticism of the pie.  So, here’s goes and please read carefully.  The only thing this pie could use to make it epic and better is obviously…  Well, do I really need to finish that?  If you follow my ramblings, you’d know the answer by now.

Final Verdict

It being my first time at Rockaberry, I had a slight idea of what to expect.  This is the kind of place where you can sit down and lounge about.  It’s a great way to cap off a meal or day around town.  The product, mostly desserts, makes it very easy for hours to pass without a care in the world.  I need to go back, soon.

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