Bus: STM 11, 29, 30, 97, 427
Visit: January 17, 2012
The recent evening at Kalalu didn’t end at just that. It was decided that we’d take our unusually tame hijinks to this particular location of Rockaberry. The great part about it was that it was located just steps away from our Caribbean dining destination.
Those of you who keep track of the places I go to will know that I did go to another branch of the Rockaberry chain last October. On that particular time, I tried the apple crumble pie, which was absolutely the most awesome pie I ever had. That visit led to another unrecorded visit on the same day as my epic visit to Moishes.
Now, when you go to chains, you’ll notice that they look a lot alike. Compared to the Laval location, the Saint-Denis edition of Rockaberry was spaced out in a completely different way. The Laval location is just flat, like most strip malls in the world. This location had levels. You’ll see a small amount of space at the front. You move in and see some more space. Once you run out of that space, there are a few stairs in the shape of spirals. I couldn’t quite get a good look to see how far up they went.
There is only one thing to note about the service. Unlike the quality of service, which I normally write about, I want to instead share an observation I make a lot. When I go to any restaurant, my go-to language of operation is French. I live in the Montreal area and work on the island, so French is a necessary part of life. Most of the time, I push the French even though the server or staff is clearly anglophone, case in point, EM Cafe. On rare occasions, you’ll get the bilingual server who catches on a bit. One of our party was speaking French and the server here replied in English, thus making the rest of our future interactions on this evening done in our more comfortable language. That’s just something I notice a lot.
Apple Cheese Crumble Pie
Yes, you read that right. This pie does not only contain one of the most magical pie fillings in apple, but it contains something a little odd. Rockaberry went out of their way to promote their new pie. They posted papers in the menu and at the front. They really wanted us to try their new pie.
The first thing I’ll mention about this pie is that the apple crumb portion was every bit as good as the version I had a few months ago. So, for those of you who are thinking of entertaining me with pie (and not the kind of pie that The Rock talks about), apple will always be my top choice.
The other aspect of the pie is quite interesting indeed. A lot of people would equate is to having a cheesecake. Now, before 2010, I never had a piece of cheesecake. I’ve been urged to try it, but I never quite got it. After trying a version of one, I still didn’t quite get it. So, that was my primary concern with having
What I will say is that I enjoyed having the cheese in the pie. It was a little strange at first, but then you acclimatize yourself to it quite quickly. I was worried that by combining apple with cheese, it would play games with my stomach. That wasn’t really the case as the whole thing went down quite easy. I couldn’t quite place the cheese, but I’ll say it’s a much softer cream cheese.
Before stepping into Rockaberry for another pie, I wasn’t expecting to try something completely different. This visit reinforces the fact that Rockaberry is a place you can go to have pie and to sit and relax after stuffing yourself. If they keep on dishing out creative pies, I’ll keep coming back.