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Canadian Poutine in London

isabella_deste Jun 30, 2009 08:54 AM

Does anyone know if you can get this anywhere in London. Or indeed the Uk! I keep reading about it on US websites and it sounds amaaaazing!!

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  1. paulj RE: isabella_deste Jun 30, 2009 09:13 AM

    Isn't it just chips ('french fries') topped with cheese and gravy (the stuff they serve over Yorkshire pudding?). Finding the best cheese might be tricky. Cheese curds are chunks of young cheddar - preferably fresh enough that they 'squeak' when eaten. It does sound like perfect pub food.

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      srboisvert RE: paulj Jul 7, 2009 02:55 PM

      Not quite. It is made with cheese curds which in my experience have proven quite elusive in England.

      I miss real poutine.

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        paulj RE: srboisvert Jul 7, 2009 06:33 PM

        That seems to be the problem in most places where the local cheese makers haven't adopted the idea of selling their unripened cheese to the public. Someone has to convince one of your good farmhouse cheddar makers that there's a market for curds.

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      themags RE: isabella_deste Jun 30, 2009 04:41 PM

      If there's anywhere in London that has poutine, it will be the Maple Leaf Pub in Maiden Lane Covent Garden.

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        CTownFeedR RE: themags Jul 1, 2009 01:20 AM

        They have it, but it's not worth getting unfortunately.

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          DollyDagger RE: CTownFeedR Jul 1, 2009 01:42 AM

          Agreed. Check out this review:


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        DollyDagger RE: isabella_deste Jul 1, 2009 12:56 AM

        Just been told that it's Canada Day in Trafalgar Square today - they've got a 'taste it' section, so you might get lucky or at least find someone who can point you in the right direction.


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          jesswatts RE: DollyDagger Jul 1, 2009 01:54 AM

          They did sell them at Canada Day last year. If you're just curious about it it does the job, as does the one at the Maple Leaf Pub.
          But as a québécois ex-pat I have to say I have yet to find authentic poutine outside Québec.

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            brokentelephone RE: jesswatts Sep 20, 2011 08:50 AM

            What makes a poutine authentic? I am from Vancouver and there are a few Quebecois places that sell poutine (including a spot that only sells poutine), but even still, the consensus is that they aren't nearly as good as in the mother province.

            Are the cheese curds from a specific supplier in Quebec (like a DPO designations in Italiy)? Is the gravy something unique? I can't understand why it would be difficult to replicate, but apparently it is.

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              JQReid RE: brokentelephone Oct 2, 2011 01:59 PM

              My understanding (I never touched the stuff, despite a decade in Montreal, but let's get past that) is that it's again of getting cheese curds. It seems it's only in Quebec that anybody bothers to sell them, and they're only good (i.e. squeaky fresh) for a day or so. Which makes getting a hold of it even within most of Canada an expensive job at best.

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            isabella_deste RE: DollyDagger Jul 2, 2009 04:21 AM

            Damn, I read this a day too late! Did anyone get to try some this year? I guess its the Maple Leaf for me then!

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            Foxeyblue RE: isabella_deste Sep 19, 2011 04:18 PM

            This is very late, but in case anyone gets here via Google. Foxtrot Oscar in London has poutine on their menu: http://www.gordonramsay.com/foxtrotos...

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