SASKATOON - Morris Abraham Cohen was a tough guy known for skill with his fists, but a new restaurant that pays homage to him is earning accolades for a more gentle pursuit: making quiche.
Famous for foiling a robbery in a Chinese cafe in Saskatoon in the early years of the 20th century, the one-time pickpocket nicknamed "Two Gun Cohen" had a highly colourful career that included a stint as bodyguard for China's first president, Sun Yat-sen. A businessman leading a campaign to erect a statue in the city honouring Cohen told a CBC interviewer last fall: "We need more Canadian heroes ... besides Wayne Gretzky."
Two Gun Quiche House in Saskatoon's Riversdale district sports a Prohibition era gangster-themed decor. A review this month in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix raved about the broccoli and cheddar quiche, saying the restaurant rates a trip from as far away as Regina to savour a menu that features several types of quiche made daily.
A reviewer for Saskatoon's Planet S magazine wrote that the crust of the bacon quiche sent him into "food nerd rapture."
The magazine called Two Gun Quiche House on 20th Street West "a wonderful addition to the growing foodie movement in Saskatoon."