Poutine consists of fries, cheese curds and gravy, and is a classic Canadian dish. Even with these basic ingredients, however, the final dish can be prepared in many different ways, with chefs across the region serving up different flavours, textures and consistencies. Here we list the best places in Montreal for poutine.
For every poutine lover out there, and even the odd poutine addict, La Banquise should be able to satisfy your every need. Located in the heart of Montreal’s Plateau District and open 24/7, 25 delicious varieties of the classic poutine are offered. Diners can push the boat out and have the signature T-Rex poutine, a delicious poutine decked with sumptuous ground beef, pepperoni, bacon and sausage: a hearty and satisfying meal.
The regional dish is enjoyed by people from all walks of life in Montreal; Au Pied de Cochon have presented their own take, however, pioneering a version which is slightly more high-end. The preliminary cheese curds and fries are smothered in a very generous helping of foie gras sauce and garnished with an additional pinch of the delicious paté. It takes quite a liberty with the traditional poutine, but this particular variation has been so well received that Au Pied de Cochon have even started selling their now famous sauce in jars.
It seems only fitting that the most beautiful and historic part of the city should pay homage in some way to its most classic dish. Montreal Poutine is a small and unassuming restaurant in the district, with an upstairs dining area featuring rustic furnishings and decor, promising for a great view of the stone buildings of Old Montreal whilst you indulge in this exquisite culinary staple. Serving a range of meals alongside poutine, their attention to detail and passion for the dish are not to be missed.
Poutines are often laden with smoked meat, bacon, ham and sausage, so it is a rather bold move to offer up a vegan alternative. Aux Vivres is a vegan restaurant on Saint- Laurent that serves up original and extremely healthy dishes and is incredibly popular here in Montreal. Their take on the poutine is only occasionally available as a chef’s daily special item but when it does appear on the menu, it comes very highly recommended.
A delicious, high-end seafood restaurant in the heart of Montreal, Garde Manger has a great atmosphere, with rustic, exposed brick walls, menus written on blackboards and soft, atmospheric lighting. A highlight from their menu is without a doubt the lobster poutine, a traditional poutine with fresh, flavoursome lobster scattered over; a decadent yet hearty affair. The restaurant also has a fully stocked bar, making it the perfect place to sample cocktails alongside this staple Canadian dish.