May 9, 2013 – Whatever you say, poutine has established its rightful place at the top of the Québécois comfort-food hierarchy, with its fries, cheese curds and gravy a perfect trifecta of complimentary tastes. But what happens when you add a new twist on an old favourite?
Zéro8, Montréal’s prime spot for allergy-aware eats, serves up delicious cuisine free of the 8 main allergens, gluten, MSG and trans fat. So there, poutine is allergen-free, but full of flavour. It’s made up of a heap of large-cut French fries, bathed in their special homemade sauce and topped off with smoked duck.
Suite 701 Restaurant Lounge takes poutine up a notch (and to the rooftop of the Place d’Armes Hotel) by putting its own über-modern brasserie-style touch on a Québec favourite. A generous portion of the beloved fries, gravy and cheese combination comes smothered with succulent pepper steak for a more sleek, “grown up” version of this delectable dish.
Known to serve some of the most tender and succulent roast beef in North America, Le Magnan on Saint-Patrick Street near the Atwater market also excels in its down-home, hits-the-spot style of poutine: a mountain of fries and a river of flavourful gravy – naturally – heaped with mouth-watering, melting cheese that invites you to dig right in!
Feel like you are in a traditional New York-style deli at Reuben’s, a welcoming family restaurant that serves some of the best traditional smoked meat you’ll ever taste. A meal in itself, their “Chop Chop Poutine” features – you guessed it – a mound of smoked meat atop a looming pile of fries, tasty gravy and cheese curds so fresh they’ll squeak on your teeth. Or, if you wish to skip the smoked meat, they offer a homestyle traditional poutine as well. Both are listed as appetizers, but could easily serve as a main course, so come hungry!