- squeaks May 30, 2006 09:39 AM
Hi! Is there anywhere in Montreal that sells tasty vegetarian poutine?
As a vegetarian, I too want poutine gravy without meat juices or flavourings. I've asked a couple of poutine vendors in Ottawa about this. Kindly, they go to their huge cans of gravy powder which is what they use in chip vans to make gravy, probably due to the lack of space in these vehicles for making real gravy. They read to me the ingredients of the powder - they contained no meat-sourced ingredients so it would seem that poutine from a chip van is free of meat products. (Of course, the fat used to cook the fries also needs to be vegetable-based, not lard.)
I don't know if this is also true of poutine served in restaurants.
Recently noticed on the menu at Chez Claudette (351 Laurier E. 514-279-5173): vegetarian poutine. I'd be sure to ask whether it's truly veg, gravy and all, because there's a slight chance they just mean the toppings are all veg. To me, the gravy on the regular poutine definitely tasted like chicken gravy, so if it's an artificial flavour it's pretty impressive.
As for the frying medium, there are surely places that use tallow, but AFAIK vegetable or peanut oil is most common around town.
i registered an account just to reply to this post :D as i found it while searching for a veg. poutine in the city.
... so far, there's tomato sauce "vegetarian" poutine with non-soy cheese at Mamma's Restaurant Pizzeria 75 Des Pins Avenue Ouest, Montréal, QC H2W 1R4
Phone: (514) 288-1128 i also had a delicious fair-trade green tea with the poutine.
La Belle Province has fries that are fried in canola oil, curds and vegetarian gravy (not made with a meat base of any kind). It was a search but we found it and really enjoyed. Bonne apetite!