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May 29, 2007 06:39 PM

Glorious poutine at Sheep Station: The Real Deal!

Ok. This is really it. Those of us in Brooklyn who adore Québec can finally do a Proust! We can get the Belle Province version of "La Madeleine" and dream of the St. Laurent and the 132 and it's just a quick walk from home!

This poutine is completely authentic, but in some respects actually BETTER than the authentic version. The shape of the serving plate lets the sauce soak only the bottom layer of fries, so the cheese doesn't get totally mushy and the fries on top stay crisp so you can dunk into the bottom sauce while they are still hot and able to handle with your fingers. The "authentic" kind has the same basic ingredients, but ends up sort of congealed, whereas Sheep Station poutine lets you enjoy each flavor on its own AND then together.

Sheep Station is serving only the classic kind, which is great. (In Québec, they offer poutine Italian style, dripping in tomato sauce, which is to be avoided at all costs!

This is not overly filling, but very satisfying and homey. It really is, like mac 'n cheese, the ultimate comfort food.

The serving size is just right. "La grosse poutine"...a giant portion available in Québec, can topple you down!

Bravo! for bringing a little bit of Québec to Brooklyn. Great idea, great taste, lovely experience!

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  1. Okay, I'm too lazy to do any research -- where is Sheep Station located?

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    1. re: batterypark

      Sheep Station is on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Douglass Street in Brooklyn. Douglass is the continuation of St. Johns Place in Park Slope.

    2. Poutine is the very definition of "overly filling." That being said.... count me there! I had no idea you could get this stuff in Park Slope.

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      1. re: Yaqo Homo

        i never had the poutine but i totally dig sheep station...great meat pie with a side salad for $6...decent fries...and coopers beer. good bartender too.

      2. We ate there last Thursday and were surprised to no see Poutine on the menu (This was a week after the NYT article said they served it). Nor is it on their website menu. For some reason we forgot to ask the waitress about it when we orders (both our entrées came with fries, so we wouldn't have ordered it even it it were available).

        Is it on the menu now? In any case, I'm glad they really do serve it. Be back soon.

        BTW, the Kelso Brown Ale from Greenpoint is quite good.

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        1. re: bobjbkln

          It is an Australian themed restaurant so they might be shy about the Quebec cuisine. The Poutine is there because the management is from Montreal.

            1. re: bobjbkln

              it's a special - the waitress told us about it - that's how i found out!

            2. Has anyone tried the Australian Burger there? I had it once at an Australian joint in Stockholm and I still remember how good it was. I have to check out Sheep Station.

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              1. re: nokitsch

                doesnt it have like beets and a pineapple? i think ill pass on that one.

                1. re: sam1

                  The egg on the burger was the key. It was awesome!

                  1. re: nokitsch

                    yeah i get australian style burgers at EIGHT MILE CREEK in nolita on occasion. getting the egg and everything on it is called ordering a burger with "the lot." very very good. the egg actually mellows the meat a bit. not for everyone i suppose, but evryone should try it once at least. i'm hooked myself.

                  2. re: sam1

                    I haven't seen the poutine on the menu either -- so, Tuesdays only?

                    Aus burger: fried egg and pineapple. Which I'm not so interested in either.
                    Not with that Lamb samwich and the Lamb rib chops plate with minted peas and mashed potatoes (deeevine, and rather a deal at $19)
                    They're also serving one or two kinds of raw oysters every night, and a whole fish - all around awesome "bar food". A couple of weeks ago one of the owners was talking about starting brunch - has that started yet?

                    1. re: pitu

                      They were serving poutine last night (Friday), until midnight. It was damn tasty.

                      1. re: DistrictSelectman

                        was it on the specials board, or on the menu?

                        1. re: pitu

                          I didn't even look. I just ordered it. It didn't seem to be a special or anything.

                      2. re: pitu

                        not jusy egg and pineapple but beet too. its wacky for sure but makes for a surprizingly mighty tasty mess of a burger.

                        1. re: pitu

                          actually last night (wednesday) i went in and asked my waitress about that thing that had been in the NYT and had cheese and fries, and it came. I think they just havent put it on the menu.

                    2. I'm thinking about trying this place out tomorrow with friends. I was curious about how it's actually pronounced since I don't wanna look silly ordering it in front of friends who have no clue why I'm taking them there. So, is it "poo-tin" or "poo-tyne"? And is there a special style that first time poutine-ers should try? What's the recommended drink pairing?

                      Thanks. I'm so excited!

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                      1. re: bluishgnome

                        More or less poo-TEEN.

                        Drink pairing? Good grief, they're gravy cheese-fries. A Molson product in a plastic cup, maybe?

                        1. re: hatless

                          HaHa! It sounds so awesome, I think I'm contemplating it way too obsessively at this point. Thanks for the pointer (and the sarcastic one too, I guess.)

                          1. re: bluishgnome

                            I posted on the Toronto boards in anticipation of a poutine tour planned for my long weekend in TO a few months ago. I received some good-natured ribbing from the Toronto hounds.
                            I've learned that poutine in Toronto, while recently appearing in upscale restaurants in fancier forms, is comfort/bar/fast food and is not to be taken too seriously. You can get it at KFC, Burger King, and even Costco. My favorite was from a truck.
                            I'm attracted to the dish via my deep affection for cheese curds. You have to understand that "poo-TEEN" is delicious in a messy, gloppy, artery-clogging way, and -yes- best paired with cheap beer out of a plastic cup, or maybe a can. I think it's more of a comfort food for those who grew up on the stuff than an exciting new adventure into Canadian cuisine.

                        2. re: bluishgnome

                          What a great little place! It sure doesn't look like much from the outside, but the ambience of the restaurant is perfect! Everything from the worn shaky wooden tables to the relaxing light music, huge windows that you could sit back and look out into the near desolate intersection as the afternoon sun beings to set... I think it's one of the best experiences I've had in a while.

                          Had the oysters (served simple and yummy), the beet salad (not a big fan of arugula which came in a huge mound... but I guess that was the healthy portion of the meal in preparation for...), the poutine (not exactly what I expected... I pictured it grander with melted cheese over a pile of fries half a mile high and gravy drenched... but it was good, none the less), and beer. Everything's good with a pint of beer on the side (especially during happy hour $4 pints!!!)

                          A definite thumbs up!

                          1. re: bluishgnome

                            Your expectation describes the chili cheese fries at Bonnie's BTW
                            (they're awesome, if you like that kind of thing)

                            I have to admit I tried and did not care for the poutine.
                            (I'd rather chili cheese fries.)
                            peacenow17 had me sold with that fantastic description
                            but I'm not Québecois, or longing for that special mix of
                            salty beefy demi glace, curds and fries....

                            The lamb sandwich remains perfectly delicious, and
                            my beer expert said the selection was getting better every time.

                            1. re: pitu

                              Tasty lamb, authentic poutine, and good beer are 3 of my favorite things in life. Looks like I'll be trying Sheep Station sooner than later.