Since it opened in 2019, the dessert and wine bar Ratafia in little Italy's been upping the game on the sweeter side of the city's restaurant offerings by doing dessert tasting menus with (or without) wine pairings. Like any other notable name in the city, they've been forced to innovate on their original offerings, and innovate they have: They've brought back their "cake-out" menu after a short hiatus, and this time they're setting up Montrealers with flambée kits to set their desserts on fire at home.
For those that haven't gotten acquainted with Ratafia yet, it delivers a concept sooner found elsewhere in the world, from Coi in San Francisco and CODA in Berlin to Per Se in New York and William Curley in England. Ratafia is, for all intents and purposes, a first for Montreal.
As for the novel flambée dessert, it's a pineapple and coconut cake with a frozen keffir-lime mousse, a white chocolate crumble, a layer of coconut-Malibu ice cream and an Italian meringue—all of that is served with a complimentary dark rhum to douse the dessert with and set it ablaze.
In one year, the restaurant-dessert bar has concocted a few creations that are pure imagination: The “La Bombe” and Medovik are all part of the current offerings right now, along with the seasonal dessert of the moment, the "Sticky toffee pudding" made from date cake and caramel, an olive oil ice cream and a caramel sauce you pour on once you bring it home.
In addition to the desserts “to assemble” at home, there is a chocolate pot, another with lemon, the famous Medovik dessert, as well as regular new items to ask about. Place the order online and pick it up—by day, you can leave with a coffee and if it's lunch, grab some of their hot Portuguese fritters fried à la minute, or a grilled cheese.
Don't bother going to the SAQ either as Ratafia's got a selection of natural wines available on site.
The Ratafia Cake-Out is available from Wednesday to Sunday from 2pm onwards. Delivery available within a 3km radius for an order of $20 or more, plus a fee of $3.