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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

POUTINEVILLE - POUTINE

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POUTINEVILLE - A POUTINE LOVER'S DELIGHT


Their website: http://poutineville.com/
Three locations - Subject of current review:

Poutineville Ontario
1365 Ontario Est
Montréal, QC H2L 1S1
514-419-5444


Price Range:  ~$20-30 per person including one drink, meal, tax, and tip

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Mouthwatering Summary: Customizable poutines plus a range of gourmet specialty poutines will make you drool...
Meal to try: Their signature poutine - The Poutineville (poutine with braised beef and a wine sauce!)


So, I basically have a wee little bit of a terribly addictive personality now and again. When I first discovered Poutineville a couple years back I became a touch...obsessive... Seriously, within the first month of discovery of this wonderfully-decadently-delicious place I notched up like 12 visits. I just couldn't help it... Of course, I wouldn't have done it if Poutineville weren't so damn GOOD.

The concept is simple. Basically, upon arriving, you:
  1. Sit down, are given a menu that lists all the possible ingredients (four different types of fries, dozens of veggies and meat options, and many different sauces) with which you can have a custom-built poutine
  2. Check off the ingredients you want, and they make it for you; or,
  3. Pick one of their specialty poutines, some of which are dishes adapted from secret family recipes (or so one of the owners told me...). Most of them are just jaw-droppingly fantastic!
I'm going to begin by listing my absolute favorite poutine here, the Poutineville. It's fries topped with braised beef, mozzarella, and wine sauce ($12 for small, $15 for large - it's the small one pictured below, because I'm on a diet):



This thing has been around since the start and is perennially at the top of their menu. And with good reason: The braised beef is wonderfully flavorful and tender, and the wine sauce is exquisite. I constantly have to stop myself from getting two...

Another great one is the Godfather - Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, marinated eggplant, cheese curds, mozzarella and meat sauce, and au gratin ($12 for small, depicted here):




Is this poutine ever well-named! It tastes like every great home-cooked Italian-Canadian meal I've ever been served by culinarily-gifted Italian neighbours. It's positively teeming with flavours that are unmistakably Italian-Canadian. I could eat this all day long. Come to think of it, I might've, once. :P

What follows is an example of the customized poutine. For this dish, my eating companion selected hot dog wieners, spicy hot peppers, red wine sauce, and smashed potatoes: (prices vary depending on how you build yours - so I kinda forget the cost on this one, sorry!):


It was spicy...

Now, lest you think that healthy eaters are out of luck here, allow me to show you one of their salads - the Greek salad ($9 for small, plus $3 for the grilled chicken):



The foundation of this salad is made of tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, red onions, Kalamat olives, feta cheese, and homemade Greek dressing. Not terribly exciting...until you add the grilled chicken. Dear LORD the chicken makes the salad! Make sure you get it with the chicken! It's tender and juicy and wonderfully-seasoned!  (Yes, I'm incorrigible!)

They also have a rotating array of desserts. On my recent outing, they served an excellent banana chocolate cake:





For those of you who are bigger eaters than me (and I've been assured you exist), Poutineville has a lovely special on Tuesdays! After 5pm, you can have all the poutine you can eat for $15 plus taxes on five of their poutines. It. Is. GLORIOUS. And for the truly monstrous appetite, might I recommend the Crise Cardiaque? It's 10+ pounds of fries, sauce, meat, and cheese. You typically would get this if you're a team of folks, but apparently there was one brave soul who managed to devour it by himself...

Lovely. I just ate supper before writing this and now I'm famished again. Must... resist... the siren call... of... poutines...
(I think I might lose this test of willpower...)



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Saturday, March 8, 2014

ROTISSERIE SUD-WEST BAR-B-QUE



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YOU MUST TRY THE RIBS AND CHICKEN AT ROTISSERIE SUD-WEST BAR-B-QUE!

3401 Notre Dame West
Montreal, Quebec
Telephone: 514-904-4444

Price range: Ranges from $15 per person to under $30 per person for a meal and a drink, depending on your main dish. It's always a good deal though!

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Mouthwatering Summary:  Meats slow-cooked to PERFECTION, accompanied by beers from around the world. 
Meal to try: Both types of ribs (pork and beef), and the bbq chicken!



Rotisserie Sud-West Bar-B-Que only opened up about three weeks ago, not far from where I live. In that three weeks, I've already eaten there enough times that they recognize my voice on the phone now :P. That really should tell you all you need to know about the awesomeness of the flavour of food here, I think!

But, it wouldn't be much of a review if I just said, "Try it all", now would it? So, off I go!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

TONG SING - CHINESE FOOD/DIM SUM



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LET'S ALL HEAD TO 

TONG SING FOR DIM SUM!

Their website: http://www.tongsing.ca/
43 Rue de la Gauchetière Est, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4
Telephone:(514) 940-8811

Their dim sum menu: http://www.tongsing.ca/html/menuDimSum-Steamed.html

Price range: This really depends on your appetite! But typically, if you're a group of 4 or more people, everything - meal, tax, tip - will average out to be between $12 and $20 per person. It's a good deal, folks!
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har-gau (shrimp dumplings)

Mouthwatering Summary:  A variety and a ton of great Chinese food, literally wheeled right to your table - CONSTANTLY.
Meal to try: Dude. Seriously. Just try it all.

Ah, dim sum. The Cantonese form of restaurant breakfast/lunch/brunch, where a small army of waitresses constantly push carts laden with appetizer-sized plates (sometimes main-dish-sized plates) of different Chinese food from table to table. All customers have to do is just select the dishes they wanted from the waitress, be served, and then enjoy the food (and then, of course, settle up at the end. No free lunches and all that). I remember when I was a kid, it was the highlight of the week to go on a dim sum excursion. The variety of the type, smells, tastes, colours, and shapes of the food was something that always intrigued me.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

NEW SYSTEM BBQ - DINER/BBQ/LATE NIGHT/DELIVERY

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FULL REVIEW: 

NEW SYSTEM BBQ

TASTY CHICKEN, GREAT DELIVERY

Their website/menu:  http://www.newsystembbq.com/
3419 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1P3
Telephone:(514) 932-1484

Price range:  $20 for one person including drink, meal, and tip


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The best pizza at New System BBQ - Chef's Special pizza
New System BBQ - two leg bbq chicken meal

Mouthwatering Summary:  Fast delivery, and great chicken (and other food, but really - great chicken!)
Meal to try: Economic 2 chicken legs! And the Chef's Special Pizza!

Typically, whenever someone tells me about a place that has been around for a looooong time, I get at least a little suspicious about the hype. I mean, is the place really worthwhile, or is its longevity simply due to inertia powered by nostalgia? For New System BBQ, I'm happy to say that the reason why it's been around since 1948 is because it's good.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

LE BOUCAN - BBQ SMOKEHOUSE

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STUB REVIEW - LE BOUCAN

HEARTY, MEATY, AND UTTERLY AWESOME


1886 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H3J 1M6
Telehone:(514) 439-4555

Price range:  $20+ for one person including drink, meal, and tip

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Mouthwatering Summary:  Heaping helpings of hearty good food! It's a tiny place, but the flavour is massive!
Meal to try: Five napkin burger and a BACON BROWNIE for dessert!