Poutine at Animal
- sku Jan 19, 2009 09:26 PM
This has got to be one of the all time great high end junk food dishes.
Now, while I have long heard tell of the Canadian specialty of french fries, covered with brown sauce and cheese curds, I've never actually tasted it, so I can't make a comparison with the real thing. I can tell you that the Animal version is exquisite. Perfectly fried french fries, topped with a rich and wonderfully rich oxtail jus, it was all we could do not to lick the jus off the plate when we were done. This was one of those dishes that you think about long after your dinner and yearn to taste again. And we weren't the only ones, poutines were shooting out of the kitchen like mad. My dining partner and I agreed that we would happily come back and just have the poutine.
Really, they should open a take out window and just sell this stuff...I predict it would be a huge success.
I would love to eat this stuff at 2 am after a night of drinking. It's so damn good. I could have eaten the whole plate by myself, although then I wouldn't have room for the insanely delicious pork belly with a kim chee slaw. Oh god, or the sweetbreads. And that was just the appetizers. We tried the pork shoulder and the fried quail and I've had a hard time thinking of something else besides the quail since then. The coating on the bird is so delicious I was trying to figure out a way to politely gnaw as much as possible off the bones. At that point, we figured why not just keep the gluttony going and shared the tres leches, pineapple upside down cake and the apple donuts for dessert, all of which were divine. I'm already trying to figure out how soon I can make it back there again!
Was just back there about a week ago and that was a dish that we did not order but the gentlemen next to us at the bar did. Now, I loved that which we ordered but I have been obsessing over that darn poutine ever since! Figured that and the kale salad would be a nice balance - ha ha!
Also, loving the broccolini version of the asparagus dish - with poached egg and, yes, bacon - even more than the original asparagus version.
Yep, went back about 10 days ago. We sat at the bar (next to a very sweet chef on his nite off...from animal) and split the Poutine and the Kale salad - deelish! I now know why I don't go as often as I'd like....I'm addicted! Really hoping a friend from New Orleans comes in this week so I have an excuse to go!