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JK poutine, nice but...

grandgourmand | | Jun 21, 2008 02:20 PM

After reading the rave reviews on JK's poutine (and JK establishments overall), I finally dove into the poutine today. Visited the Gilead Cafe. Nice locale, however, the poutine was a major disapointment. Don't get me wrong, I went in with an open mind (i.e. not expecting a classic Quebec greasy spoon version) but I was sad to say it was a major ripoff.

$8 got me about a cup and a half of fries, topped with some sort of lamb kofta type thingie, some (tasty) little sauce and probably a teaspoon (!) worth of cheese. Don't get me wrong, I expect some premium pricing for good ingredients, but this was insulting. Get rid of the meat, which was pretty dry, and don't be so parsimonious with the cheese, and I'd have been ok.

On the other hand, my wife's corned beef sandwich was very nice. Meat wasn't too salty and had good texture.

By the way, duckdown, if you're reading this, t-shirt shorts and ballcap and Gilead Cafe is fine, I'm sure. But I don't think this is what you're after (i.e. the poutine).