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Poutine Review: Nouveau Système

Nouveau Systeme

There used to be loads of these classic no-frills Greek-run places around Montreal, but they are either fast disappearing or have suffered one too many modernizing makeovers. This place, which has been around since 1962, still looks the part. It is dripping with grease, has the original sixties booths, a great decor with alternating white and red stripes, broken jukebox consoles, and a hand-painted menu on the wall.
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Poutine Review: Le Ballpark

Le Ballpark

Le Ballpark is a charming little place on the border of Mile-Ex and Little Italy. They specialize in spherical food: onion bhajis, Italian arancini, lamb meatballs with coucous, etc. The place has a good vibe: a balanced airy mix of cold industrial and warm varnished wood, but the jury is still out on the upside-down lamps hanging from the ceiling. Le Ballpark also doubles as a watering hole, with a decent drinks menu, so it’s worth checking out even if you’re not hungry.

Le Ballpark

Le Ballpark
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Poutine Review: Vices & Versa

Vices & Versa

This bar has a nice lived-in feel, not unlike the charming old brown cafés you find in Amsterdam. There’s wood paneling everywhere, a pressed tin ceiling, a nice patio out back, and a stunning selection of Quebecois microbrews, wines, ciders, and liquor.

Vices & Versa

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Norwegian Poutine at Café Ellefsen

Café Ellefsen

RENAMED CAFÉ BEAUFORT, BUT MOST OF THE STAFF REMAINS THE SAME, INCLUDING KITCHEN STAFF

You don’t need to be Scandinavian to run a good Scandinavian restaurant. In fact, some of the best Scandinavian food I ever had was at Fika, a “Swedish Halal” café run by Malay Muslims in Singapore.

Café Ellefsen

Café Ellefsen is run by a Quebecer whose distant Scandinavian relatives migrated to the Saguenay. The cozy-minimalist decor is fantastic, a welcome addition to the design-starved periphery of Plaza Saint-Hubert. As a result of this, it has been colonized by young people with Macbooks.
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Review: Poutineville

Poutineville

Poutineville

A newcomer to the Montreal poutine scene, this place comes with many good reviews. Located in an former Mediterranean restaurant in Rosemont, the arched doorways and stucco ceilings still betray its former occupants. The faded Parthenon posters have been replaced with sleek black-and-white shots of London and Amsterdam. Simple tables and contemporary lamps have also been added. A large flat-screen television was broadcasting a riveting game of golf when we walked in. I’m not sure how to describe the overall effect of these disparate elements: an unusual Greco-Ikea mongrel, perhaps.

Poutineville interior

It’s nice to see poutine featured so prominently in a Montreal establishment. The owners have let their imagination run wild and offer an endless combination of ingredients, letting you design your own poutine by ticking off a sheet. A Philly cheesesteak poutine anyone?
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Review: Masson Hot Dog

Masson Hot Dog

The rapidly gentrifying Masson boulevard in Old Rosemont still has a few places reminiscent of bygone days. There’s even an old-school flag war going on between Canada Hot Dog and Masson Hot Dog. Since my allegiances tend more towards Quebec than Canada, I sampled the restaurant proudly displaying the fleurdelisé. Besides, I have this gut feeling that separatists make better poutine. In all fairness, I do promise to try out the federalist poutine some other day, having been pleasantly surprised on a recent visit to Ottawa.

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Review: Capri Restaurant Delicatessen

Capri Restaurant Delicatessen

Opened in 1967, this Greek-run restaurant has retro-kitsch charm. Old-school neon lights in the windows, leatherette stools,  juke boxes in the booth seats and plenty of local characters.  Service is friendly. There’s a Journal de Montreal on many of the tables, and they generally listen to the hockey game on the radio if the Habs are playing. And now for the poutine…

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