Sunday, 13 March 2011

Review: New York Fries' Poutine

New York Fries' Poutine, originally uploaded by Cody La Bière.

For a person who considers himself a poutine connoisseur, I sure don't eat much poutine. The last time I had a poutine was back in October or so. So, it's been five or so months since I last had a poutine to review, and instead of reviewing a poutine by a local mom-and-pop restaurant, I chose to review a poutine by New York Fries. I've had New York Fries' poutine before, several times really. But I hadn't have one in close to a year now and felt that it was time to give it an actual review.

I went down to the New York Fries kiosk at the mall here in Brandon, MB. I was quite hungover to tell the truth. The very last thing I was craving was a poutine, especially one from New York Fries. Immediately as soon as I got to the kiosk, I saw a sign that said "Butter Chicken and Braised Beef Poutine, Coming Soon!" What I don't understand is why specific New York Fries have the specialty poutines, while ones like here in Brandon, Manitoba don't yet. Maybe it was a limited test run or something.

I ordered a regular poutine, no drink or anything else. It came to $5.09 including PST & GST, so pretty reasonable priced.

What I noticed:

  • The fries are fresh and hot, as usual. The main problem though was that the fries weren't cooked for long enough. This is generally a problem that happens quite often whenever I visit New York Fries. They were NOT crispy by any means. They were actually sort of soggy, even for being very fresh.
  • The curds are soft, slightly mushy really and somewhat tasty.
  • The curds are not squeaky at all. The texture is similar to pieces of regular mozzarella or cheddar cheese. Not a rubbery texture at all. Boo urns to that.
  • They DID give a very liberal amount of curds, usually the curd to gravy ratio seems like 1:5. That is, if I could measure it! A lot more curds than usual. Kudos NYF!
  • Cheese is somewhat stringy like mozzarella. I've never had curds that were that stringy. Not a problem really.
  • Lots of hot hot gravy. I'm NOT a fan of their gravy but it wasn't bad. They usually give you too much gravy as well - thankfully not too much this time.
  • It helped with my hangover headache!
New York Fries' Poutine sure isn't what I'd consider quality by poutine standards. However, if you are looking to fill a poutine-less void, this poutine can help with that.

Lastly, I've always had theory that if you eat a poutine after the bar, it can help prevent a huge hangover. This can also be true for when you already have a hangover. 

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