French Canadian fare featuring traditional poutine and many variations and specialty poutines. Also montreal smoked meat sandwiches and steamed/grilled hot dogs.
I took my two children here for lunch on Friday. My son had enjoyed this place in the past - but I had noted a steady decline over the last few visits. This last visit prompted me to update my previous good review...
The girl working at the counter seemed completely disinterested in her job. I clearly stated my order. Medium traditional Poutine, 2 montreal smoke meat sandwiches (not platters), one steamie dog - not mustard - ketchup only, and two cokes (cans). She asked for $44. I was a little taken aback. This place was not known for being cheap - but c'mon - a couple of sandwiches, fries/gravy and two pop for almost 45 bucks???? I paid by VISA and had just completed the transaction when she suddenly said, "Oh. I forgot to ring in the steamie dog"
At this time, I asked to see the receipt and asked her to explain the charges. The girl indeed forgot the steamie dog, but somehow managed to charge me for a medium order of chicken poutine. How on earth did she do this. At no time did I say "chicken" in my entire order. Obviously she was not listening to me. She didn't appear to know how to correct the mistake and the other fellow working there also had difficulty correcting it. At least he graciously gave me the difference back in cash. My CORRECT order came to just shy of $38. Still pricey, but within some reason.
I took the cans of pop from the fridge on the side and waited. And waited. And waited. And waited. I was impressed with the patience of my children as this was taking waaaaay too long for such a simple order. Finally, the smoked meat sandwiches came out. We started sharing these. My son was anticipating his poutine. Again, we waited. And waited..... Finally, after about 10 minutes - our poutine arrived. For waiting so long - I would have expected this item to be hotter. The gravy was just above warm. The cheese curds were cold. I understand that they are not suppose to be melted - remember - I have been here before and am very familiar with proper poutine - however I don't think they should have been COLD!
We continued to WAIT for my sons hotdog. After another 10 minutes - it came out. It had relish, some sort of vegetable matter and other stuff. My son does not eat ANY of this - he only wants ketchup (which is what I told the girl ringing in the order...). I looked at it, trying to decide whether I could remove the offending condiments, but with the relish all over the steamie - I had to tell the man to bring it back. He said, "I was told all dressed, no mustard."
At this time, I was getting a little annoyed. I told the man that the girl had messed up my order from start to finish. This was NOT what I ordered. He graciously brought us the steamie that we ordered after a minute or so.
Frankly, after this experience, I have no desire to return.
The service was incompetent. The product was poorly executed. The place is cold and the music is too loud. The price is overinflated for what is received.
I will go to Fritz instead or some of the other poutine places on Granvillle or Kaboom Box for our poutine cravings.
I had driven past this place on Davie countless times before finally taking the plunge recently. Supposedly this is the place for the real deal whether you like it or not.
The space is rustic and casual and exactly what I'd imagine a poutine shop would look like out East. Service is spry and not unlike self-serve but the staff do bring out your orders as they prepare them to order.
The classic poutine was a must as to not dull the true experience. They use real squeaky cheese curds that do not melt which we were indifferent about while the gravy was thick and not too salty. The fries I thought were a little soft for my taste but I suppose done by design. Accompaniments included loaded steamie and Michigan dogs which were the perfect compliment but overpriced for regular sized weiners. This and a can of soda required a $20, which is pricey for this caloric altamonte.
This is the type of food which is disgusting yet good, it falls into the category of love it or hate it.
Well, let's start with this. I'm no expert, but I do know poutine is absolute junk food, so you can only grade it as such.
We popped in early, despite what I heard, inside it's actually pretty nice. The dude at the counter is friendly and helpful, authentic chubby Quebecois. Order was delivered quickly.
The menu? Vast, incredible selection of poutine & other goodies. I can't believe they have all you can eat for $25. Seriously? Who can eat that much? We had a classic and all-dressed. Thankfully & surprisingly, the taste was unique between the two. Total came to about $16, you decide if it's worth it or not. Quantity wise, it's okay for the price.
The poutine, salty, lots of gravy and good amount of squeaky curds (which I'm told is authentic). Never will it be mistaken for fine food, not the way it is done here. Tasty? Yes. Worth a trip? Yes, if you've never had poutine, this seems like a good start. But does it stand up to other eateries? Hmm... Tougher call. I could get cheaper eats at Donair Dude for sure, as well as many others. Go farther and you could score at Mr. Kumpir, if you've got a craving for potato. At the end of the day, I'd say a worthy addition to the area, but not sure it'd make me a regular or a poutine fanatic.
I decided to try this place after discovering it while driving down Davie Street. My first impression was wow, they have a lot of different types of poutines. They even have all you can eat poutine for $25. I decided to get a small, traditional poutine which I think was about $5 or $6.
The poutine was served in a small metal container and had a ton of gravy and cheese curds. The gravy was really good and the fries were cooked perfectly. My only complaint was the gravy wasn't quite hot enough and the cheese curds never really melted at all. It could have also been because the curds were pretty big pieces as well. Anyways, overall I enjoyed my poutine and I would come back when I have fry cravings. I might even try one of the crazy, specialty poutines.
Went there with a bunch of friends. Not much ambiance to speak of, but when your focus is on trying to decide which of their 26 varieties of poutine to try, ambiance is the farther concern in your mind.
The prices were alright, definitely not cheap, but for the amount of poutine you get it's not too bad.
I ordered the bacon poutine. I loved the fact that they use a vegetarian gravy, but if it wasn't for the big sign over the counter that says vegetarian gravy, you could never tell from the taste. Everything was made to order, and they bring you your poutine piping hot from the kitchen. We barely got 2 pictures in before we couldn't wait any more and had to dig in. Fries were nice and crispy, the gravy was delicious and the cheese curds...oh, the delicious squeaky cheese curds!!!!!
Definitely the most authentic poutine I've had...the stuff they sell at any of the fast food joints do not even come anywhere close! Beats out some of the other restaurants that serves poutine as well!
Will go back there in a heartbeat! Afterall, I still have to try the other 25 varieties....
I remember this place being amazing for its POUTINE. It used to be poutine heaven for me because of the variety of poutines you could chose from. I never considered La Belle Patate to be cheap but for the sizes of poutine and the quality served I tended to overlook it. But now that I have come back a couple of times after trying other places, I feel that the food has either gone downhill or something...Whatever it is, I feel that it is not up to par with the other poutine-places in the city. The cheese curds were okay but the fries were burnt, and the gravy was a little cold and lackluster (the gravy is vegetarian, which takes away half of the taste already).
I've been craving poutine for a few weeks - but not that lousy mall stuff! Finally took the kids to La Belle Patate after the Santa Claus Parade today! It's not much on ambiance, and not very spacious, but we weren't there for the ambiance - I was with a hungry 5 year-old girl, and a ravenous 13 year-old boy; ambiance was not a priority! Prices are a little bit more than what I expected....$8 for a Medium, $10 for a large. The container sizes are adhered to the top of the order counter for your reference - they serve the poutine in aluminum containers - the kind in which you usually get take-out Chinese food. My son had a medium traditional....although I'm sure he could have eaten a large; I'll remember that for next time. My daughter and I shared a medium traditional, which was just right for us. Lots of cheese chunks, and the gravy wasn't too salty - I'm no poutine expert, but this was really good! I figured we'd just go for the traditional poutine before trying any of the other varieties - and I'd really like to try chicken and peas poutine or pepperoni and mushroom or something. They all look good! They even have breakfast poutine! Sounds like a good hangover dish! I was very happy to find that they had cans of Biere D'Epinette (Spruce Beer)! I haven't had that stuff in ages! The guys working there were very friendly, chatting up the customers. It's a no-brainer that we'll be back for more!
I lived in Montreal for years....over a decade since returning to VanCity and I still get occasional Poutine cravings...this is where they get satisfied. The ambience is spot-on and menu features tons of variety. Staff always pleasant and friendly.
If there is better poutine in Vancouver I certainly haven't found it. I recommend this place to all my Quebec relatives when they come to visit-no complaints yet!
Normally you cannot go wrong with poutine: It's fries and gravy with cheese curds. Boy was I wrong!
My husband's roommate in Regina had RAVED about this place, so he HAD to take us out there for our first meal together in months. I ordered the Poutine and Steak, my husband ordered the Chicken and poutine, and we ordered a hotdog and regular poutine for our daughter.
I got hamburger instead of steak and my husband got some mish-mosh that somewhat resembled chicken. When my daughter asked for mustard on her hotdog, well, it took a while for that to happen and only after my husband snapped at the girl. The gravy was gross, the fries soggy, even the ones that weren't coated in gravy, and the cheese curds tasted odd.
We won't be going back...
I had to try this place so I dropped by late on evening and had a smoked meat sandwich. Very fresh, hot, generous potions of smoked meat. Very tasty and authentic. Only thing is I wish I could put on my own mustard - but it was all good. I got a small poutine to go. It wasn't so good. I guess it needs to be fresh. The only downside I found really was the quite loud and always metal (trash/heavy). I guess it's there for the owners/staff and not for the customers. Still, I'd go back :-) )
Was looking forward to trying out La Belle Patate. Now that I have, I do not understand why there are so many positive reviews about this place.
Food: The menu portrayed a number of intriguing combinations of poutine but the product left much to be desired. The cheese curds were bouncy, slightly synthetic tasting and did not melt. The gravy was uninspiring "just add water to powder". The steamie was just ok. As suggested by its name, the mystery meat hotdog and bun was steamed, topped with what I can only guess is their idea of coleslaw.
Service: The guy behind the counter greeted customers warmly and provided friendly service. My concern was hygiene...or lack thereof. The person taking the order and dealing the cash was the same person preparing the meals. He did not wash his hands after preparing another customer's food order before taking our order and cash. Nor did he wash his hands afterward our transaction. Troubling.
Ambience: This is not a place to go for ambience. You go because you want fries with gravy. Very little was done to renovate the space previously occupied by a Chinese restaurant before it became La Belle Patate. The restaurant is run down inside and out. The exterior is mustard yellow and ketchup red with a dodgy front door. Interior is dark containing furnishings from the original Chinese restaurant. Not to mention everything - the aluminium containers, paper plates, plastic cutlery - is disposable. The place is really a hotdog stand in a building.
Value: Not great considering that for $5.50 all you get is a small aluminium container of fries, gravy and squishy cheese topping while the steamie was $2.50. Thankfully, this was shared between 2 of us to minimize the damage.
My girlfriend and i have eaten here a number of times and i'm sure we'll be back again before too long.
The place specializes in poutine and they have some interesting combos that most people will find new, like chicken and peas in your poutine, yummy!
The people behind the counter always seem friendly and we were happy to hear them actually speaking french... it just adds to the authenticity!
The poutine is very good, but really, in my opinion the only thing that sets one poutine apart from another is the cheese, and the cheese they use is great! Some of my friends that have been there were expecting just some grated mozzarella, they had never actually had proper cheese curds before. Being from Ontario, i had taken frequent trips to Quebec and the cheese was just like they have there. It's quite firm which is great because it doesn't melt into a goupy mess on your fries.
My girlfriend loves the milkshakes and we're looking forward to trying the smoked meat. The only problem i have is with the "steamies" which are basically the cheapest hot dog made, put in an equally cheap bun. I used to get these hot dogs at my elementary school for .25 cents each, but for some reason they charge almost 10 times more! That said, there's something strangely addictive about them even though i feel like i'm getting ripped off every time i buy one.
The poutine prices may seem a bit high, but i'm sure it has to do with the cheese, which i find worth the price, and they also give you a good amount on your fries.
Hmmm... now i have a craving for some Belle Patate!
Now that i found poutine with with vegetarian gravy i finally got to try it. I cannot compare the gravy to other places however their fries are one of the best I've tried in Vancouver. They remain crisps for the longest time.
What can i say? They serve really good vegetarian poutine! I like that you have an option to make your own and can add you own choice of veggies to it.
Service is very friendly and the restaurant is modest, would definitely recommend this place.
Ambiance: Sort of hipster-chic. Nice and open. Nothing to spit at.
Service: Staff was polite - basic, fast-food style service. Sometimes would be a bit slow getting to the counter because the cashier would disappear into the kitchen to talk with his buddies, but it was late and they were running with a light crew so this is understandable.
Value: Poutine is a good price - a medium came in a 4x6 dish, filled to the brim and then some, and was certainly filling. Hotdogs and drinks are definitely overpriced - while the spruce beer is nice and a rare find, at about $3 for a 325ml bottle it's a rip-off (it's a Canadian product too - shipping plastic bottles from Quebec City doesn't justify it!), and the hot-dogs were typical at-home "Top Dogs"-size and quality.
Food: Delicious poutine. Great gravy, great squeaky curds (I was beginning to doubt they could really squeak!). Fries were a bit undercooked and curd was cold and failed to really melt though - if only this place had Fritz's fries, and slightly hotter gravy, it would be the king of poutine in the GVRD. That said, I'd still say it's on par with Fritz's.
With such a thin selection of Montreal eateries in Vancouver, this is certainly a welcome addition. We will see how it fares, as it is very bare bones and temporary and disposable inside.
The poutine menu is tremendous, and anyone who has visited Montreal will recall the late-night greasy hole in the walls. In the end, I went with the "plain" poutine, and a steamy. The poutine is quite generous in size, with tons of tasty gravy, and a mountain of good cheese curds. Not gourmet, but passable for western Canada. I devoured the steamy, and poked away at the fries while sitting at the open window and people watching.
You can also wash down this tasty cuisine with a bottle of La Fin du Monde, as the place is licensed, to round out the meal, and you will be bursting at the seams.
The downside? Prices are a little steep. What they charge for a steamy is criminal, but at least they are pretty decent.
I am worried about the permanency of the place, which would be sad, with great unique hangouts like the Zizane having closed some years ago. What is up with the lack of French culture in Van? Are we too snobby?
I had a craving for good poutine late one night and decided to try the BBQ poutine with chicken, bacon, onions, and mushrooms. The other reviews were right, poutine is definitely in the category of junk food. There was a lot of bacon, cheese curds and gravy but not much chicken, onions, or mushrooms. It was also a bit too soggy for me. Definitely better than Belgium Fries but I've had better in Montreal. On the positive note, they have a friendly staff. Would I go back if I was craving poutine late at night again? - Sure.
This place is alright. I've eaten there a large number of times, mostly because I live really close and they're open late. The poutines are generally really good but the last poutine I ate had some different and decidedly inferior curds. The curds have always been top notch with extra squeekyness but today's were far worse. I asked the guy at the counter (who seemed like the owner) if the curds had changed and he denied it. Not too impressed with that.
The best tasting item I've ever had at this place is the bacon grilled cheese. It's definitely pricey for its size but it's flavour is top notch. Make sure to order two (I'm not fatty at about 155lbs so, believe me, it takes two to feel full).
The hot dogs are good but also really small. Steer clear of the coleslaw if you like good eats.
No idea why other reviewers have given this place such a low score. I haven't tried everything off their menu, but the poutines are just amazing! Really tasty, great flavour. You can get them in small, medium and large sizes. Medium is plenty enough for me even when I am hungry.
Give it a try and decide for yourself!