La Banquise: The Best Poutine in Montreal?

La Banquise: The Best Poutine in Montreal?

Wait..cheese curds?

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

La Classique.

La Classique.

La Duleton.

La Duleton.

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?

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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.

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Comments (24)

  1. Anita Mac

    Thanks for the tip…will have to try that one out!

    1. The World Wanderer

      You’re welcome! Please do, and have some for me too!!! xx

    2. @mrsoaroundworld

      would be interesting to have the opinion of a local! I dont want to think about poutine as on extreme diet.. but looks like Id love it!

      1. The World Wanderer

        Definitely not good for the diet! All the locals we met said it was the best, though I’d be willing to try any competition. 😉 As long as my waistline can handle it!

  2. Anne O'Connell (@annethewriter)

    Love Poutine! There’s a restaurant in the Byward Market in Ottawa that serves the best I’ve ever eaten if you ever find yourself in Canada’s capital!

    Happy Trails!
    Anne

    1. The World Wanderer

      Awesome – thank you for the tip! I will be sure to try it whenever I make it to Ottawa. 🙂

  3. Charu

    I find anything with cheese is delicious!

  4. Leah Travels

    I REALLY want to try this stuff. It seems like it would be the perfect drunk/hangover food.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I can agree with you on that one Leah. It’s also quite good with a beer. 🙂

  5. D.J. - The World of Deej

    How Poutine has evaded me is still a mystery. I mean really, what’s not to like? Fries…good. Gravy…good. Cheese curds…good. (I stole this from an episode of Friends)

    1. The World Wanderer

      Hahaha, LOVE Friends! Love poutine even more…

  6. lola

    Looks and sounds delicious! it certainly seems like a good place to go after a night out too!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Definitely! And, when you eat things late at night after drinking, the calories just don’t count. 😉

  7. Raul (@ilivetotravel in Twitter)

    Wow, that looks both delicious and dangerous! I have never had poutine so now I must try it!

    1. The World Wanderer

      SO dangerous! Once you try it, that’s it, you’re hooked! Just a warning…

  8. Tawny of Captain and Clark

    I seriously cannot wait for TBEX. I’m going to eat so much poutine, it’s going to be unbelievable. Maybe we’ll take a side trip to Montreal to try some of La banquise. It looks delish!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Sounds good to me! I think maybe we should only eat poutine the whole weekend, okay?

  9. Traveling Ted

    Cheese curds are big in Wisconsin too, but I have never tried. They look really tasty and the portions are quite generous.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Hmmm, another reason I should give Wisconsin a chance!

  10. thelazytravelers

    WANT THIS SO BADLY! the romantic & the hubs came back from montreal OBSESSED with poutine and i still havent tried it! must find a place in nyc with delicious poutine ASAP… xo! the wino

    1. The World Wanderer

      Well, we are going to indulge in all the poutine we can get our hands on in Toronto!

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