Montreal Restaurant Serves A Classic Poutine Even Vegetarians Can Eat | MTL Blog

By Max Joseph · February 16, 2015 ·

Last week, I wrote on how Montreal’s adherence to chicken gravy is keeping it from becoming the undisputed poutine capital of the world it deserves to (and easily can) be. While I stand by my earlier argument, there is one restaurant in Montreal that proves the viability of a classic poutine without beef (or even meat of any kind): Comptoir 21.

Although the restaurant advertises themselves primarily as a fish & chips joint, their premiere offering is their poutine. Regardless of when you go, don’t be surprised to be greeted by a healthy, affordable portion of home-cut, skin-on fries, large chunks of squeaky cheese curds, and a tasty gravy on top that perfectly complements the other ingredients. What might surprise you, however, is the make-up of the gravy—it achieves its unctuous flavour entirely through vegetarian ingredients.

While there are many vegetarian poutines throughout Montreal, none of the other ones quite nail the “signature poutine” taste. I love the black bean gravy and sweet potato fries dish which Lola Rosa serves as a “poutine” at their Parc location, but no real Montrealer would be caught dead referring to it as such. It’s delicious, but it’s far from being a classic poutine.

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