During our last evening in Montreal, I wanted something in particular....poutine! The Missus decided to humor me. And to make things even better, She decided we could catch the metro instead of walking all the way to our destination.
So, we got out at the Mont-Royal metro stop and wouldn't you know, there was a street festival taking place.
We couldn't help but really enjoy the chill and relaxing vibe of the street festival.
One of my favorite scenes on this trip was when the gentleman below heard the DJ put "his song" on and just dropped his bags and started......well, calling it dancing might be a stretch. But we just loved it.
We had such a good time that we actually went past the street we needed to turn on and walked all the way until the end of the street fair.
Not sure when it'll be this year....but this was a lot of fun.
Anyway, we turned on Avenue Papineau and backtracked until we came to a place I was looking forward to eating at. La Banquise.
During discussions about poutine in Montreal, this 24 hour-a-day "poutinerie" would always somehow be mentioned. La Banquise is one of those beloved institutions having been around for 50 years. They also have 30 plus variations of poutine on the menu....though there was only one I was after.
Even at this rather early hour for dinner, the place was humming. Though we had no wait, almost all the tables were taken. We were seated in the covered back area......topped by a bright red-orange tarp, it made all my photos come out rather reddish. So my apologies.
I started with another thing I wanted to try, a Bec Cola. Produced in Montreal with maple syrup being the primary sweetener....well, it was a "must try". This wasn't highly carbonated, with a typical, perhaps slightly bitterish at first taste....but with a definite maple syrup flavored finish. It was refreshing on quite a warm day.
As for my poutine? Well, I'd already had a rabbit poutine in Quebec City and on the previous night, it was an over-the-top foie gras poutine. Here, I just wanted a "classic".
This was by far, my favorite poutine of the trip. It wasn't salty, the cheese curds weren't tough, with a slight "squeak", the gravy had a decent tongue coating beefiness and there wasn't too much of it. The potatoes weren't particularly crunchy, but there was a definite sweetness and deep potato flavor to them. I mentioned this to Cathy who said that she believes the potatoes are grown in excellent soil and left in the ground longer to develop the sugars better.
The Missus, still swooning from the Smoked Meat sandwich at Schwartz's ordered the version with smoked meat.
This wasn't bad....but I'll take the classic version any day of the week.
We were amazed to have finished everything off....and didn't feel stuffed or gross......just totally satisfied.
994 Rue Rachel E
Open 24 Hours
If you want to read more about La Banquise, you can do so here.
Of course the Missus insisted that we walk back to the apartment.
And it "just so happened" as we passed Au Pied de Cochon, we ran smack dab into a chocolate shop.
And the Missus was a happy camper.
Les Chocolats de Chloé
546 Avenue Duluth E
The rest of the walk was uneventful....though I loved the name of this place.....
As we settled in for the night; I opened up the last beer in the fridge. Remember getting those brews by Unibroue on sale for $3.99CAD?
Even the Missus enjoyed this Belgian White Ale with Apple.
Life was indeed good......
Thanks for reading!