Sometimes cultural fusion poutines yield good results, as with Déli Sokołów’s smoked meat latke poutine. Most of the time, however, the results are just wrong. Case in point: the General Tao’s Poutine at NosThés Bistro.
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Cinko is one of a slew of $5 restaurants popping up around town. They serve cheap food that is a notch above your usual fast-food fare, and make up for their slim profit margin with comparatively pricey cocktails. Cinko has an original menu, nice colorful interior design, and the place mats have been replaced by old vinyl records (in my case Genesis’ And Then There Were Three, an early glimpse at some of the horrors that Phil Collins would inflict on us during the 1980s–it was a pleasure to render it unlistenable by scratching away at it with my utensils). The actual background music was even less inspiring than my 70s prog rock placemat, consisting of the same dated 4/4 MC Mario beat that did not change for the entire duration of our meal. Thankfully, the volume was kept low.
There are two poutines on Cinko’s menu: one made with sweet potato fries that has become less interesting now that it is no longer served with the braised beef gravy it used to be served with, and the bizarre tempura green bean one that I review below.
I’ve been avoiding m:brgr because of: 1) its annoying vowel-free name, 2) its proximity to Crescent street, and 3) the fact that it has a $100 burger on its menu to attract the worst of the Crescent street douchebags. The interior is a soulless display of the latest interior design trends, with TV screens, obnoxiously loud music, and a cheesy backlit bar thrown in for good measure. Thankfully, there is also some outside seating. Despite how uninspired I feel about the general vibe, the food has received lots of good reviews so I figure the poutine is worth a try.