Fresh hand cut fries, gravy and cheese curds. The classic Canadian poutine is a thing of beauty. And not the easiest thing to find outside of Quebec. A quick Google search of the top “poutinieres” in Vancouver led us downtown to Davie Street and La Belle Patate. Decorated with Montreal Canadiens paraphernelia with a creative poutine menu, hot dogs and Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, I started salivating as soon as I walked in the door and it didn’t disappoint.
Three of us went all poutine purist and ordered the classic poutine while Hansel ordered the smoked meat poutine. They had a nice selection of beers so we went with a nice Mexican Sol as a nod to our sunny holiday fervour mood. Oh and an all-dressed Steamie hot dog cause who doesn’t love a hot dog? The fries were cut to a nice medium size, substantial enough to bite into with a bit of cheese curd and the gravy was warm – my only complaint is that it could have been a bit hotter. I was surprised to find that all of the gravy is vegetarian as it had a nice rich flavour to it – exactly how I remember poutine tasting as a kid. I’ve seen some attempts at poutine where just melted cheese is used – and while melted cheese is always welcome, it cannot in conscience call itself poutine. This is the real deal!
They have a menu of “Specialty Poutine” like the All-Dressed – all the fixings of a regular poutine plus pepperoni, green pepper and mushroom. I’m not sure how I feel about the world of pizza and poutine colliding. But the addition of smoked meat is a true delight. Small pieces of what tasted like smoked corn beef added a new dimension to the cheese/gravy/fries hybrid of joy.
My personal favourite was the all-dressed Steamie hotdog – with sauerkraut, mustard and green relish. The photo does not do it justice. We had originally only ordered one to taste but after a bite we all rushed to order our own. The hotdog bun was super soft which helped all of the flavours seamlessly meld together. It was an ideal accompaniment to the poutine. I definitely could have eaten another one but I’m a hotdog fiend (and an insatiable beast on holiday). Totally stuffed, went for a nice stroll down to the beach at English Bay after our satisfying meal. Next time I have a poutine craving I’ll definitely be back.
1215 Davie St
Vancouver, BC V6E 1N4