We tried this place out a while back when we were in the blog hiatus. As usual, it was a Friday and I was not working! I met up with C downtown of where he works. We wandered and wandered. Again, I suggested we try out Twisted Fork (review here). As we were heading down Granville Street, the bright redness caught my eye! THEN I GASPED! IT IS SMOKE’S POUTINERIE!!!
I have seen this place on Eat St. Something about that segment stayed with me. The Quebec owner/entrepreneur was very ambitious and planned on to franchise his idea of quality poutine. I was salivating when watching it. I guess you couldn’t imagine but I was super excited when I saw it and it was opened for business! After telling C all about it, I just dragged him in. He was excited by the idea of pull-pork poutine! (C: anything pulled pork catches my attention!).
As intended by the owner’s original idea, the place opens late for people who crave saltiness after a night of partying. On weekend, it opens till 4 am. This definitely will appeal to the party crowd as it is located right in the middle of Granville Entertainment District.
It is a fairly small place. At dinner time, it was already quite packed. The place is pretty much a bunch of bar stools and long table. We were too distracted and excited to snap a pic of the seating. But while we were waiting for our food, we did take some pictures of the cute decors.
The menu is huge! You have a lot of variety of poutine to choose from. I get easily overwhelmed with that many options and I gladly let C decide as long as we get poutine! Funny interlude. The cashier was an older Korean lady and there were two Caucasian guys in the back as cooks. She had the hardest time trying to tell us which poutine she would recommend. Good thing C was pretty much set on pull-pork poutine! She couldn’t communicate back nor understood what was asked. One of the cooks had to shout from the open kitchen to answer C’s question. It was quite an interesting conversation. I wonder if the lady was the franchisee.
It did not take long to have our much anticipated poutine! MAN WAS IT GOOD! This is the first time I had cheese curds that REALLY SQUEAKED! I LOVE IT! Love that sound and texture.
The pull-pork was a tad on the sweeter side but it went well with the fries. The fries themselves are slightly crispy and well seasoned. I found them to be more on the starchy side. I like my fries super crispy and it doesn’t feel like I am eating an actual potato. Even with 2 ppl sharing, I was stuffed after we finished the poutine. It is quite tasty and I will definitely come back and try other flavours! (C: The pulled pork was pretty good! Not the best I’ve had, but passable. Throw it on top of some good cheese curds and fries, and you get this awesome poutine. It’s a pretty good combination, so I recommend you try it out).
On a separate occasion, C went and had the Bacon Cheese Burger Poutine with some friends.
(C: That greasy mess is an amazing poutine! It didn’t really taste like a cheese burger, but the combination works. I’m not quite sure what sort of cheese was used, as it tasted more like cheese whiz or something along those lines. The double smoked bacon was awesome and the beef was pretty good. Fries didn’t get soggy from all the oil and cheese, so they were still nice and crispy! I liked the pulled pork poutine more though.)
I know another famous poutine place in Vancouver is Fritz. I have never been and I can’t make comparison. Maybe this will give me a reason to go
I really do like this little place for their poutine. Maybe instead of trying new place, I need to make a repeat visit!