This is Vancouver’s Best Poutine on Davie Street Part 1 of 4.
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This video blog/review/post will be the post for Monday Feb. 1 and Tuesday Feb. 2. The following is the written review as well as more details about La Brasserie that are not included in the video.
Restaurant: La Belle Patate
Cuisine: Canadian/French/Fast Food
Last visited: January 7, 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC (Downtown/West End)
Address: 1215 Davie Street
Price Range: $10 or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Food: 5.5 (Based on just the original poutine)
Service: n/a (Due to this special review, I’m biased)
- Owner Pascal Cornier from Montreal, Quebec
- Specializes in poutine
- Very authentic
- Recently opened
- Original location in Victoria, BC
- Offers 30 different kinds of poutine
- Offers vegetarian poutine – Traditional poutine is vegetarian
- Fresh, made upon order
- Fast food
- Take out/Dine in
- Open daily 11am-late
Recommendations: Traditional Poutine (only thing I’ve tried)
The Topic: Quest for Vancouver’s BEST Poutine on Davie Street
The Contestants: La Belle Patate, La Brasserie, Fritz European Fry House
4 Poutines later, the results are in!
My quest for Vancouver’s Best Poutine on Davie Street started off at La Belle Patate!
In terms of authentic French-Canadian poutine, I’d have to give 1st place to La Belle Patate. It’s pretty much the real deal in terms of authentic poutine. However this doesn’t necessarily mean it was the best tasting…for that you have to keep watching/following my video series!
I discovered La Belle Patate driving up Davie Street and from the outside it kind of looks like hole in the wall. I thought it was a take-out only kind of place, but I was really surprised with the inside. It’s actually very spacious and there’s actually a nice sitting area that makes it more of a “dine-in” kind of place rather than simply “eat-in”.
My expectations started to rise as I saw a Montreal Canadian flag hanging and I also heard the owner speaking French. I knew I was in for a very authentic poutine. The menu is extensive and they offer 30 kinds of poutine. There’s a lot of different styles of poutine and a lot of meat options, so I was very surprised to learn that their traditional poutine was actually vegetarian!
What is Poutine?
Using the most common definition a poutine is fries, cheese and gravy. However the real authentic definition of a poutine is fries, cheese curds (specifically fresh cheddar cheese curds), and poutine sauce or “gravy”. (Some people will object to the word “gravy” – but it’s supposed to be a chicken based sauce).
On the table
This is not representable of what is actually ordered. I’m so embarrassed…I forgot to take my picture before I started eating it. I didn’t follow my usual routine because this was for the video blog.
Traditional Poutine – 5.5/6
- Small $5.50 Medium $7.50 Large $9.50
- The fries were hand cut, skin on, Red Potatoes and very fresh. They were a bit thicker cut with a crispy outside and very soft and fluffy inside.
- The fries were completely covered in gravy and the bottom layer got a bit soggy, but that’s expected.
- To my surprise, I was very surprised…the “gravy” or as they call it the “poutine sauce” is actually completely vegetarian. It wasn’t obvious it was vegetarian unless you knew. It’s a wheat based sauce and it carries a shine, so it gives the illusion of being a bit oily or greasy. It is salty and it still has a meaty flavour so I was surprised to hear it was vegetarian. I’m pretty sure it’s thickened with quite a bit of cornstarch because it’s pretty thick and jelly-like or glutinous in texture.
- They do offer meat “gravy” or meat “poutine sauce” and it’s under the name of “BBQ” – so anything with the words “BBQ” will be meat based. I actually want to try that and do another comparison.
- I didn’t get to try the “BBQ Poutine” at La Belle Patate. I wish I did because I actually feel like that version should have been the “Traditional Poutine”.
- Cheese curds
- The cheese curds are the best cheese curds I’ve had in Vancouver so far. The cheese curds are definitely the highlight here. They’re very fresh and they squeak when you chew them. A sign of very fresh curds!
- They’re really generous with them and there are big chunks of it and they don’t lose their texture or shape because they don’t melt. Yes they don’t melt, so don’t expect the ooey gooey stinginess you may be used to. An authentic poutine isn’t supposed to have cheese curds that melt because that would mean they are using mozzarella.
- He buys them locally and it’s not even a mozzarella or a white cheddar cheese. It’s actually called “cheese curd” and it has the texture of very firm mozzarella so I thought it was a white cheddar cheese, but it’s not. The flavour is similar to mozzarella, but a bit deeper and it’s so firm it breaks apart when you chew it.
- I really love how they served them in foil to-go containers. It was perfect! It literally retained heat until my project was done…2 hours later!
- A few things that bothered me…
- I really think they should call the “Traditional Poutine” a vegetarian poutine and then the “BBQ Poutine” the traditional poutine…for me, a real traditional and authentic poutine should be meat based sauce.
- The cheese curds are super squeaky and fresh, but from my research and knowledge an authentic poutine should have white cheddar cheese curds.
Added note: This review is a little different because it was for my video blog. Therefore the food at La Belle Patate was complimentary, (although I did offer to pay) but my opinions are still honest and as non-biased as I can be. The opinions and views expressed in “The Quest for Vancouver’s Best Poutine on Davie Street” review and video are those of Follow Me Foodie/Mijune only. There is no paid advertising and as always I write for the benefit of the customers and not for the restaurants.