I was one of the lucky few to score a ticket to the inaugural Toronto Poutine Fest. The event was at the Beer Academy. $35 gave us unlimited access to 5 different gourmet poutines and 3 samples of craft beers. Although there were issues with the registration - all in all the event was well organized. Here is my take on the 5 poutines.
#5 #the feisty jack - shepherd’s pie
I love poutine. I love shepherd’s pie. Therefore, naturally I thought I would love this one. It just did not work for me. There was way too much going on and the cheddar cheese left an unpleasant aftertaste.
#4 #coquine restaurant - duck confit
This was a seriously rich poutine. It could have been due to the fact that I had eaten 3 other poutines before I tried this one, but I could not finish this one. I really liked that the fries were crispy, but the cheese, which was not your regular cheese curd, just did not work for me.
#3 #lou dawgs bbq - pulled pork
The folks at lou dawgs were super generous with the pulled pork toppings and was I glad. The pulled pork was excellent. The only downside was the chicken gravy which I found far too bland.
#2 #poutini’s - the works.
The poutini’s line was by far the longest and once I reached the front of the line I could see why. The beautifully crispy fries were topped with a generous helping of gravy and cheese curd which was then carefully topped with sour cream, chives and bacon. The bacon had a bit of a sweet flavour to it. It was perfection and I devoured the whole lot.
#1 #great burger kitchen - butter chicken
It was a close call between Poutini’s and GBK, but in the end I decided the butter chicken was tops. I was super doubtful since I tend to lean towards the traditional poutines. However, the fries were crispy, the gravy sauce was flavourful without being too heavy and the cheese curds were perfectly melted without losing the chewy texture that I love.