Poutine is often referred to as Quebec’s culinary achievement, something that we are quite proud of having created, and which is particular to Quebec. So, there is fierce competition as to which is the best poutine in town. For many, that poutine can be found at La Banquise, or so I’ve been told anyway.
After a night out on the town, me and a group of friends decided to head out for a poutine. A great source of sustenance after having over-imbibed a little, and a great chance for me to experience this legendary poutine first-hand for the first time.
I had the classic poutine. After all, what better way to judge if this is in fact the best poutine in town? I must admit, I was under-whelmed. The fries were delicious, and had a little sweet taste that made them extra special. However, the gravy was too bland for my taste, adding nothing to the overall taste of the dish. Moreover, one third of my fries had no gravy on them, which is not ideal. And, the most important ingredient (for me) in a good poutine is the cheese, and in this case, the cheese to fry ratio was not sufficient. I had to carefully ration my cheese to ensure I had enough to finish my poutine.
One of my friends had ordered the chicken and pea poutine. She enjoyed her poutine immensely. Personally, I find peas don’t fit on top of a greasy poutine, but she enjoyed it.
In conclusion, La Banquise has achieved cult status in Montreal. Even at 3am, there is a line-up to get in and another line-up for takeout. Personally, though, I am still not convinced this is the best poutine in the area, I think this place is overrated. Good, but not mind-blowing. Let’s just say that I still haven’t found the poutine I’m looking for….
994 rue Rachel Est
Montreal, Quebec H2J 2J3