During my time recently in Montreal I had a goal to find the best poutine in the city. I had grand ambitions, and thought it would be a simple task. What I found however was:
1) There were far more places that served poutine than I had imagined
2) Everyone seems to have their own favorite place
3) Poutine is best had with a nice cold pint of beer
With that in mind I still went out and tried 3 places. One place was a Montreal chain restaurant, while the other two places were staple poutine shops that had been around for years.
This chain restaurant can be found all over Montreal. I checked it out with Tatiana and Kelly. I had the beef, mushroom and onion poutine. Overall it was ok, what I would expect from a chain. Not bad, not great.
Known as the ultra hipster joint in Montreal, this place has been around for a while, recently celebrating their 40th anniversary. I took their recommendation and had the bacon, onion and green pepper poutine. To be honest I had high hopes for this place, but unfortunately they didn’t deliver. I found their poutine mildly better than Frite Alors, with some really sub par fries. I think they could do with a change of their deep fry oil, and a lesson in making good fries.
Our final stop of our poutine tour took us to Maamm Bolduc. This bohemian place has a very extensive menu that makes it look like it would a fantastic place to have breakfast. However they do have at the back of the menu a good list of poutine. We decided to go with the ground steak with onions and mushrooms in a red wine sauce. Let me just say we saved the best for last. Not only was the meat sauce absolutely delicious, the fries were also cooked to perfection, and clean and fresh, unlike those from La Banquise. Next time I am in Montreal I will be sure to be back at Maamm Bolduc.
Montreal has a lot of poutine places, and I am sure I only just scratched the surface. However I think I did get to experience one of their better places in Maamm Bolduc. I would have tried more after that, however my brother had had enough at that point. So for now, Maamm Bolduc takes the price, until next time I am in Montreal I suppose.