http://poutineville.com/ 647.349.2345 $$ open daily lunch & dinner
Brand spanking new to the Annex is the latest edition to owners Kosta Kariotakis and Camillo Fresco Poutineville Empire; this is the first location for Toronto, three fanciful locations already established in Montreal and one still to come in Quebec city. The cheerful, neighbourly, atmosphere is what most restaurateurs dream of – a kind of place where smooth music, gravy rich starches and fruit inspired libations come together like a happy couple on a honeymoon. Its not like most “poutine shacks” you’ve been to in the city – it’s licensed , has a lush patio AND feels more like a lounge then a fast food stop. Even the attentive servers ensure that every customer leaves happy.
Mixologist Nishantha Nepulangoda created a seriously dangerous cocktail list including a thickly textured Margarita: cazadonres tequila, cointreau, amaretto, orgeat syrup, lime juice, Angostura and fig juice. And a smells-like-summer-rain Citrus Rain: Apperol, Falernum syrup, grapefruit, Prosecco. Oh, and I love Hendricks gin on the rocks with slices of cucumber.
Poutines are intricately woven together (not a joke). The Poutineville is the house special with squeaky cheese curds, mozzarella, braised beef and wine sauce. The Montrealer wins points with a batter fried pickle crowning piled smoked meat, mushrooms, swiss cheese, poutine sauce and au gratin. Normally I stear clear of filet mignon, but the moist cubes in this poutine create my favourite of the evenings delights; mushrooms, onions, cheese curds, pepper sauce and then finish with the slightest hint of blue cheese closing the deal. Vegetarians and Vegans will love the sweet potato poutine – black olives give the dish a salty, brininess.
And finally the heart stopping, $100 Heart Attack ($100) – a 15-pound behemoth of fries with chicken, bacon, hot dogs, minced beef, ham, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese curds and mozzarella with gravy – amusingly presented by servers wearing a “nurse-like” white lab coat adorned with a red cross – invite your friends!