Montreal: La Banquise

Everyone knows a trip to Montreal simply isn't complete without poutine.  You can find it just about everywhere, but La Banquise is known to have some of the best.  Hence the line:  


Open 24/7, La Banquise is colorful and quirky in its décor.  Can we just take a second to admire the tree branches on the ceiling?:


There are so many poutine varieties at La Banquise that it can be a bit overwhelming.  Thankfully, they have an English menu, which certainly helps people like me who left what little French they learned over a decade ago back in their high school classroom.

Feeling like we needed to balance all the fatty foods we had all day with something healthy, we ordered the La Raquel ($8.45 for a regular):


It included mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions.  Basically a salad.

And of course we had to get the classic ($7.25 for a regular):


For those of you who haven't had poutine before, I'll break it down for you.  Take some fries, drop some cheese curds on it, and then smother everything in gravy.  And voila!  Poutine. 

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of cheese curds.  There's something about the texture that's a bit too eraser-y for me.  All that squeaking between my teeth weirds me out.  The gravy and the fries though?  MOAR PLEASE.

The fries at La Banquise are soggy, but in the most delicious way possible.  I would be okay eating a whole basket of those fries without any condiments at all. 

Make sure to bring cash to La Banquise if you don't have a Canadian credit card.  Otherwise you'll find yourself washing dishes in the back to pay for your poutine. 


La Banquise
994 Rue Rachel Est
Montreal, QC H2J 2J3 Canada
(514) 525-2415
http://labanquise.com/

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