Patati Patata – Montréal, QC
4177 Boulevard St-Laurent
Je parle un peu francais, but there are enough multi-lingual people in Montreal to help you get by. After spending a few days in Quebec, I started noticing a bit of a trend. Walk into an establishment to a standard Bonjour! greeting. Once you sheepishly return this with a ‘Hello’, the English speaking staff-member swings over to serve you.
My French teacher would be so disappointed in me…
As I was on a quest to experience poutine from the source – this location caught my eye both from many online reviews as well as visually, when approaching it along boulevard St. Laurent.
This place is tiny, a few small tables along the outside windows and a sit-down bar. Luckily there was a couple leaving as we arrived – so we were able to grab a table. Two wall-mounted menus offer a selection of simple breakfast and lunch items, but I was here for the poutine classique. Fresh cut fries cooked to a dark golden brown, fresh cheese curds, delicious gravy, and garnished with a single olive.
The $1.75 burgers grabbed my attention – as a patron sitting at the counter was receiving his order. A stack of order sheets (with checkboxes for various additions) is available next to the till to identify exactly how you want your burger finished. These are smaller than average (roughly 10 cm in diameter), but together with the poutine was plenty of food.
If I can take one thing away from this experience, it was how the fresh cheese curds held up under the heat of the gravy. They softened ever so slightly, but didn’t melt into a gooey mess as I have often seen elsewhere. There seems to be contradicting opinions on whether cheese curds should melt – so I’ll leave this topic for debate in the comments.
I can completely understand the attraction this establishment carries – and would probably become a regular myself. I wish I had more time to try the many variations, but I guess this leaves me something to look forward to on my next visit to this city.