CLOSED IN 2011
I was clued in to Vincent Sous-Marins by my friend Philippe-Antoine, who said it was “one of the better poutines on the Plateau.” There are at least ten branches in the Montreal region. I went to the one on Laurier, which has been serving customers since 1987. It’s housed in a former Dairy Queen (built in 1970) with its characteristic steep red gabled roof. Once inside, however, the harsh fluorescent-lit interior feels like a creepy slice of redneck appalachia on an otherwise chi-chi strip. But what about the food?
Fries: Okay. Crispy on the outside, almost fluffy on the inside, slightly sweet, but a bit limp. 23/30.
Gravy: Although they call this BBQ sauce, it is in fact brown sauce. Tasty, good texture, but a bit too salty. Temperature is too hot, which makes the smaller cheese curds disintegrate and the fries limp up. 37/50.
Cheese: Decent amount of cheese, but many curds are way too small and end up melting due to sauce temperature. Who makes these third-rate curds (and why do people buy them)? They have no squeak and are weak on taste. 10/20.
TOTAL SCORE: 70/100
Verdict: Average. Nothing to get too excited about, but it hits the spot.
Value: Average – $5.50 for plate pictured above.
Opening Hours: open later than everything else on this street, but not 24hr.
Location: 1325 avenue Laurier Est, corner De Lanaudière, Montreal, QC (514) 525-8000