Jeff and I were a little hesitant about our first experience with poutine. Growing up in New Jersey, disco fries were a familiar late-night snack, and while it involved cheese and gravy, there were no signs of cheese curds anywhere. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew I could not leave Montreal without trying its signature dish.
I decided to search online for the best poutine in Montreal, and La Banquise showed up right away. We decided that was where we would try it, especially since they had twenty-four varieties.
Everyone we encountered told us what a great choice we made in La Banquise, and we were excited for our first taste.
We arrived for a late dinner, around 9:30pm, and the place was packed. We waited for a few minutes and then were seated at a table in the middle of it all. Everyone surrounding us was chatting and had a plate of poutine in front of them. How could we go wrong?
The restaurant itself was bright and lively, with servers to match. Ours came over to us with a bright smile and an excellent beer suggestion. Then we decided on our poutine and paid. Here you pay before you eat, and we assumed that was because it’s a popular spot after a night out, when people tend to “forget” they have a bill to pay.
We decided to order two different varieties, La Classique and La Duleton. La Classique was your classic version of poutine – fries, gravy, and cheese curds, while La Duleton had steak and onions, along with the gravy and cheese curds.
Needless to say, the food was incredible. With our first bite, we started a life-long love affair with poutine. Who knew cheese curds could be so delicious?
So, does La Banquise have the best poutine on Montreal? I have no idea, since it’s the only place I’ve actually had poutine. But, I do know, I won’t be trying it anywhere else. This is a place I will come back to time after time because I’m still dreaming about the meal we had there, and in my mind, that’s enough to make something the best.