Poutine Review: Méchant Boeuf

July 30, 2010 · 1 comment

in Restaurants

I’ve been to Méchant Boeuf a couple of times in the last few weeks. Each time I have been tempted to order the Charlevoix Poutine. This one is topped with braised shredded pork, migneron cheese, and green onions. At Méchant Boeuf, it is listed as an appetizer. A bit strange since it comes with meat on top. The friendly waiter said that it is, and I quote, “a good sized appetizer”. Well I just had to try it, so I gave into temptation and curiosity which almost always gets the best of me.

So here it goes: a mountain on fries swimming in a light brown meaty gravy with huge chunks of migneron cheese curds (I’ll get to these soon) with a very generous portion of shredded pork. First impression: no way THIS is an appetizer. I immediately compared it to the size of a poutine that you would get at La Banquise which is huge. The first bite was incredible. A silky and rich gravy made this poutine what it is. Delicious, satisfying, and oh so wonderful. As the feasting pursued, I found my stomach getting heavier and heavier, and I was only about a quarter of the way down! The more I ate the sleepier I got. Food coma here I come. I did finish it with a little help if that is what you were wondering.

When I started eating this, I was a little curious about the cheese. They were about the size of a walnut, a whole one, which is pretty big for a cheese curd. The flavour of the cheese didn’t wow me as they tasted like traditional ones, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The problem with having curds that big is that they don’t melt! I had to cut the cheese (haha) into smaller pieces so they would have a chance to melt. I’m not sure if this was done on purpose, or by accident, but it’s pretty obvious that this wouldn’t melt unless it was baked in the oven. Clearly, this was the biggest issue here.

Overall, the poutine tasted great. For an appetizer I would say skip it as it is a meal on its own. Order it for your main instead. The cheese needs some improvement as stated above. The highlights: the fries are REALLY good, and the shredded pork is delicious. The poutine is very heavy and rich, but it sure is good. Next time I’ll order an actual appetizer and then the poutine.

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Juge July 30, 2010 at 4:41 pm

if the Charlevoix Poutine is too big, share it with the Rabbi

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