There is only one Poutine Lafleur, not to be confused with the ubiquitous Restaurant Lafleur chain all over the city. It’s a charmless neighbourhood casse-croute, worsened by the glare of harsh fluorescents and obese white-trash teenagers covered in cheap bling (see below). Lafleur nevertheless attracts gushing reviews all over the web from the few who have sampled its poutine.
My first impressions were poor. I was struck with horror as the cashier sealed my poutine container with a cardboard top. This is a cardinal sin that crushes the ingredients and steams the crispiness out of the fries inside. I quickly rushed to a table to remove the top and let my poor poutine breathe.
Fries: Your average Montreal fry, cooked in oil that doesn’t get changed often enough but had the minimal amount of necessary crisp. 19/30.
Gravy: Pretty decent. Not too hot, doesn’t overwhelm the fries & cheese, and with enough taste to keep things moderately interesting (but don’t expect to be blown away) 38/50.
Cheese: Generous portions, fresh and squeaky. 18/20.
TOTAL SCORE: 75/100
Verdict: A decent poutine at an outstanding price, but probably not worth a detour to Verdun.
Value: Outstanding – $5.00 for large plate pictured above. $4.00 for regular size.
Location: 3665 Wellington, corner Regina, a 6 minute walk north (or east) from de L’Église metro.