Review: Smoke’s Poutinerie, Toronto

Toronto exploded with love for comfort food in our recent recession era. Restaurant menus were full of mac n’cheese, poutine and gourmet hamburgers. Smoke’s Poutinerie was one of the new guys on the street who focused on elaborating the repertoire of Canada’s favorite national dish: The Poutine. Traditionally a simple dish of french fries, gravy and Quebec cheese curds the dish can now be ordered in different shapes and colours. The evolution of a Canadian classic.

Note: Marissa’s “Prime Beef Poutine,” was disappointing. Granted there was a line of about 8 orders, one guy working the till and the kitchen and running about like a mad man. But her mushrooms and onions were actually burnt (and we have photographic evidence to prove it obviously). Are standards slipping Smokey? The portions are huge, I’m not a huge fan of their gravy though it congeals quickly and needs a bit more beef to give it the proper respect it deserves. All hale poutine!

We enjoyed:

Prime beef: ground beef, mushrooms, onions, gravy and curds.

Montreal: smoked meat, pickle, gravy and curds.

Philly Cheese Steak: shaved beef, mushrooms, peppers, onions, philly cheese sauce, gravy and curds.

Veggie Delux: mushrooms, onions, green peas, veggie-gravy and curds.

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