Probably my favourite “Canadian” dish is poutine. Seriously, how can you say no to a big pile of delicious French fries smothered in cheese and gravy? Especially when you jazz it up even further with delicious toppings. I seriously having a massive hankering for poutine lately, and to satisfy my craving, I decided to check out Belgain Fries. The latter is a poutinerie on the Drive serving up a good variety of different flavours of poutines as well as dips. In addition to more common varieties (smoked meat, bacon, pulled pork etc), they offer some more uncommon flavours such as merguez, butter chicken, and kebab. You order at the front counter and is giving a buzzer, which goes off once your food is ready. I got a large Triple Decker Poutine, which came with chorizo, bacon, and smoked beef.
Triple Decker Poutine (Large, $16):
This consisted of fries topped with gravy, cheese curds, bacon, chorizo, and smoked beef. Of course, the fries soon got soggy from being drenched under all the gravy and meat; the ones that did not get soaked were quite crispy on the outside with a nice starchy centre, and were well seasoned. There was a very generous amount of meat present. The sausage had a nice bit of heat, the bacon was smoky while the smoked beef was incredibly tender and flavourful. The cheese curds appear to be “authentic” in that they did not melt, and had a nice chewy, bouncy texture. I found the gravy to be a tad starchy in texture, but quite flavourful with a nice bit of pepperiness. I did find the dish to be just a tad on the saltier side; it’s probably best enjoyed with some beer (or water, since I’m not a drinker).
My visit to Belgian Fries have certainly satisfied my craving for poutine and then some. Their portions are also quite generous; I actulaly ended up taking a quarter of my poutine home for later (hey, the fries are already soggy anyways from being soaked in all the gravy/meat). All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the food here, and I highly recommend checking it out if you enjoy poutines.