POUTINEVILLE - A POUTINE LOVER'S DELIGHT
Their website: http://poutineville.com/
Three locations - Subject of current review:
1365 Ontario Est
Montréal, QC H2L 1S1
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:
- 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
- Check off the ingredients you want, and they make it for you; or,
- 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!
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):
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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