Awhile back I featured the Carne Guisada Bocadillo from El Caminos on my blog, after that El Caminos became a place I frequented quite regularly. So, I thought I should hit up some of the other restaurants in their family. This brought me to Habit Lounge, which is only a few blocks north of El Camino’s on Main Street. A modern tiki lounge if you will, Habit is low key, dimly lit and a great place to hang out for some drinks as well as grab a bite.
I was in for their Crab Cake Sandwich, a generously sized crab cake loaded with crab, topped with crispy bacon, avocado, pickled onions, lemon aioli and greens on a soft, fresh Kaiser bun. This thing is mammoth! The crab cake is probably enough on its own, it’s nice and crunchy on the outside and moist and flavorful on the inside. The smoky bacon, soft avocado, lemon aioli, crunchy pickled onions and fresh greens combine to create a spectacular taste explosion. Each bite has crunch from the crab cake, bacon and pickled onions, and then a great soft texture also from the crab cake, as well as the avocado and the Kaiser bun. This sandwich satisfies on so many levels.
I wanted to pair this sandwich a nice, citrusy wheat beer, so I was pumped when I saw the Blanche De Chambly by Quebec’s Unibroue on their extensive beer list. The Blanche De Chambly is the perfect partner to the crab cake sandwich, its spice and citrus notes are completely in sync with sandwich’s flavor profile. This Belgian Witbier pours a cloudy pale golden colour with a creamy white head. It has a crisp, champagne like mouth feel and is really refreshing. The fresh orange slice that came on the side of the glass only accentuated the citrus collaboration between this beer and the sandwich. This pairing would be perfect on a bright sunny day, sitting on Habit’s patio watching the uniqueness of Main Street pass you by.
So if you’re looking an unreal Crab Cake Sandwich paired with a great Canadian made Belgian Witbier, then head to Habit Lounge for This Sandwich and That Beer.
Check out www.habitlounge.ca and www.unibroue.com for more info, follow them both on Twitter: @habitlounge and @Unibroue, and follow me @TSTB_blog. Check Legacy Liquor Store if you’re looking to pick up the Blanche De Chamblay for yourself.
Also, catch my monthly radio feature on “Just Here For The Beer Radio” on its new home Team Radio 1410AM, the last Saturday of each month at 1:00pm PST.
Photo Credits: Jordan Rokosz