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Poutine Review: Bacon Poutine at L’entrepôt Mont-Royal

Poutine au Bacon - L'entrepot Mont Royal

L’entrepot is one of several new $5-a-dish restaurants that opened up in Montreal over the past year. The interior has a ramshackle ski chalet look with snowboards hanging from the walls. In fact, it is pretty much a perfect replica of the decor at Le Bureau de Poste in Quebec City, not to mention the same menu. I did some investigating and found out that it is the Montreal branch of a west-coast chain that started out in Whistler, and also has six restaurants in Vancouver. Whereas the west coast branches use mozzarella in their poutines, a similar strategy in Quebec would be suicidal. Proper cheese curds it is.
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Poutine Review: Le Fameux, Viande Fumée et Charcuterie

Le Fameux
Sorry for the blurry photo – I had a few drinks.

I love this charming old-school Greek restaurant with its leather booths and wood panelling. You can definitely find better food in the city, but Le Fameux is the perfect place for late-night revelry because the booths are cozy, the middle-aged waitresses can handle the drunk crowd with charm and brio, it feels like a time-warp (with a few unfortunate modern intrusions), you can get poutine, and you can also get more drinks.

Unfortunately, I always come in here late at night after having had a few drinks, so it’s hard to judge the food objectively, but I’ll try.

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Poutine Review: Comptoir 21

Comptoir 21 - Poutine

Located in Mile End, Comptoir 21 is best known for fish & chips, which I am told are very good. But here’s a lesser known fact: they may serve up the best poutine in Montreal.

This is a small charmingly rickety snack bar with most table space being an old-school curved lunch counter with revolving seats. It is located on the hipster strip of Saint Viateur and was well-packed with guys in lumberjack shirts sporting perfectly manicured beards and their blasé iphone-toting twentysomething girlfriends with oversized glasses, ugly ironic sweaters and designer rubber boots.

Comptoir 21 - Poutine
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Review: Chuch Bistro, Vegan Poutine

Chuch Bistro Poutine

I’ve been meaning to try Chuch Bistro for a while, a vegan Thai restaurant on the Plateau Mont-Royal that gets rave reviews from vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. It has a nice terrace on Rue Saint-Denis with a minimalist chic decor inside. Amidst the usual South-east Asian suspects like pad thai, papaya salad, and a variety of tofu dishes are four poutines:
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Syrian Poutine at Tazah (CLOSED)

Syrian Poutine
THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED

It’s Poutine Week in Montreal and there are 30 poutines competing for the top prize. Earlier this week, I tried out one of these contenders: the Syrian poutine at Tazah. This is a new restaurant that took over the spot once occupied by La Cantine, which once served the best poutine in town. I wondered to myself if the new owners had absorbed some of that old magic.
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Review: Rumi Express! (CLOSED)

Rumi Express

CLOSED.

The Rumi Grill & Café, one of my go-to places on boulevard Saint Laurent, recently rebranded itself as Rumi Express! (exclamation not mine). This is a puzzling rebranding, and one I’m not too fond of: they’ve moved away from the cozy and affordable Middle-eastern café that was towards more of a lowest-common-denominator fast food menu, though the feel inside the restaurant remains similar. Many interesting Middle-eastern dishes, such as their stunning muhammara dip and saffron chicken, are no longer on the menu. What remains reads like the menu at “Chez Amir,” with burgers, poutines, and some East Asian fusion dishes tacked on. After my initial disappointment subsided, I figured I might as well try their poutine.
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Did the Greeks Ruin Poutine?

Restaurant Salonika

“I’m not a racist, but there’s a reason poutine is worse in Montreal than elsewhere in the province,” said my racist friend. “There are too many Greek immigrants running restaurants.”

The Greeks are not only being blamed for ruining the Euro; it seems they also ruined poutine. While I think this is an unfortunate oversimplification, let’s humour my friend for a minute. It is true that many of the Greek-run restaurants I have tried in Montreal use grated cheese rather than superior curd cheese. This may be cultural – I have never been to Greece, but my travels in the surrounding countries have shown that “fries with grated cheese” appears on many bar menus. A little bit of googling confirms that the Greeks are also fond of something similar, though I’ll have to admit that the feta used in this recipe sounds like a better curd-cheese substitute than the bland pizza cheese used in Montreal.
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