Mini Growl Review: The Squirrel Cage

Category: Mini Growl Review

Julie B.

Oscar and The Squirrel Cage
Red Carpet Viewing Party

By Julie B.

Red rope barrier detail on red carpetI thought it would be fun to have an Oscar Viewing Party, so I set off in search of a place that would host our private party.

Ambiance was an important factor in creating an intimate and swanky feel to celebrate the Oscars. Well, my search was over when I stepped foot into The Squirrel Cage located at 1 Maiden Lane, nestled between Ouellette Avenue and Pelissier Street.

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The Squirrel Cage is a charming place with a mix of old and new all wrapped up in one. The foyer is inviting with a fireplace and high ceilings, with stairs that lead you up to the main area. The upstairs has a lofty feel decorated with beautifully handcrafted wooden tables with a long bench lined with colourful plush pillows and a coffee bar to compliment the décor. The walls are splashed with local artwork to view and purchase.

Owners Steven and John were just as charming as the place. As John was getting ready for the lunch crowd Steven sat down with me and went over the details. They were excited to host the event and on board with the ideas and theme.

Including several of us from Windsor Girls Growl™ as well as friends and spouses, we arrived dressed and sparkly at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2013 for the viewing of the Red Carpet and Oscars. We were greeted with a signature drink – “Red Carpet”, a flavourful Pomegranate Martini to start off the night – and mingled with everyone as they arrived. The martinis were a hit and many of us had them as our main drink for the night.


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The table was set simply but elegantly with pretty glass pitchers of water and modern white dishes with clusters of candles down the centre of the table. Hors d’oeuvre of fresh bruschetta and delectable stuffed mushrooms were brought to our table on large white platters and passed around. We watched the Oscars on a 52″ TV that they provided for us as we played Oscar Bingo and Oscar Trivia with prizes.


Steven and John were so accommodating and the service was flawless as they kept the pace of the night running smoothly by bringing out our meals and refreshing our drinks.

redcurryWe had a choice of 3 entrees:

♦ Sweet Basil Chicken Stir Fry
♦ Red Curry Chicken Stir Fry
♦ Penne à la Vodka

The Red Curry seemed to be the popular one. I had the Sweet Basil Chicken – it was very aromatic and flavourful. They were all equally delicious. Along with the meal we had two choices of homemade soup: a scrumptious creamy tomato soup and a hearty mushroom barley.

Dessert was raspberry crème brulée. I loved the blend of the crispiness on top of the brulée along with the creaminess of the custard. It made for a sweet ending to a delicious meal.

I could not have picked a better place for such an enjoyable evening. The hard work and sincerity of Steven and John and the ambiance of The Squirrel Cage definitely made it an effortless and relaxing night.

Latte, closupThe Squirrel Cage offers homemade soup and panini daily along with an amazing coffee bar for all your favourite drinks. I can’t wait to go back and enjoy a chai latte and catch up with those amazing guys! I would definitely recommend this café, and while you’re there take the time to enjoy the beauty and craftsmanship around you and ask about the story behind their café name and the beautiful wood that charms this place.

Have YOU visited The Squirrel Cage?
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Image (Julie B.‘s user pic) courtesy of dusky /
Image (red curry) courtesy of maya picture /

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  • Sylvia V March 13, 2013, 12:56 pm

    For as long as I live, I will never forget that tomato soup!
    If that was all I had to eat that night I would have been completely satiated. However, a steady stream of epicurean treats appeared throughout the entire glorious evening. It was truly a feast for the senses. I have told everyone I meet that I can’t wait to return to the Squirrel Cage for any reason at all.

  • Laurel R.
    March 13, 2013, 1:06 pm

    I fell in love with The Squirrel Cage the moment I walked in the door! And the thoughtful addition of the red carpet and movie-related details in the foyer, plus the signature red drinks embellished with pomegranate seeds, followed by the oh-so-delectable food at the beautiful table decorated with mini statues of Oscar himself, made the event a night I will long remember. I will definitely return to The Squirrel Cage to sample more of their wonderful food, and strongly recommend that others do the same… you will not be disappointed!

  • Kimberley
    March 13, 2013, 3:02 pm

    This place has the best vibe. I felt like I was in a café in one of my most favourite places in the world – the North Beach neighbourhood of San Francisco. The owners are totally sweet and adorable, and the food was colourful, fresh, and delicious! Excellent martini, as well. It was truly a well-planned and fun event. I can’t wait to go back to The Squirrel Cage one day for lunch to try the veggie panini!
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