originating from Toronto, the rapidly expanding mammoth poutine sensation makes it to Ottawa at last.

Smoke's Poutinerie
Smoke's Poutinerie
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Comments

2010 Jul 18
we were recognized as fun foodies by the staff and they overflowed our portions beyond the rim of the box and this weighed a ton. just what we needed for this post-bluesfest hangover cure.

country poutine @ smoke's. chicken, bacon, sauteed shrooms and caramelized onions. ate only the toppings, threw out the soggy (wet rag) fries and prolly at the same time cut out 1000+ calories, carefully monitoring our health and physiques as a lot of the "foodie" modus operandi is associated with a certain occupational health and safety risk that we don't want to go out of control!


2010 Jul 14
This is the double pulled pork. I liked mine. One side is pulled pork other is crispy bacon. The pulled pork sauce got mixed in with the poutine gravy. I think I'll try a straight poutine next time to taste the gravy. This is a small, it's all you need!

I was happy with everything minus the blaring 80s metal. Maybe some Quebecois rock from that era would be more appropriate, not that I'm a fan of that either.

2010 Jul 10
I was highly anticipating the opening of smoke's poutinerie. I had some bad experiences with poutines that didn't come from quebec as they tend to think that mozarella cheese and PFK gravy sauce with some fries makes poutine. I was hoping that they would get it right so i could have me psychological fix once in a while. I experienced this one not so long after it's opening. It was the triple pork, contained mild italian sausage, with deliciously smoked bacon, and apparently chipotle pulled pork. It may just be the way i like things to be, but i would have prefered an hot italian sausage and at least pulled pork with a hint of spiciness.

But I was not decieved by the poutine. My expectations were greatly satisfied. My psychological fix taken care of, and my stomach was ready to give birth to the child of this delicious meal. The regular portion is way enough for any kind of hunger and all the qualities that would be expected by a poutine were cheked. Fries not crispy all the way but just enough in the begining and a cheese curd that does not melt like mozarella but still makes "squish squish" after a couple of minutes. The sauce was also delicious, though i think we all have that one place that has the best sauce.

Overall, i would highly recommend this restaurant and try out all their menu...

All of it...

Cheers

2010 Jul 9
Was having a craving for poutine variety so off to Somke's we went for a quick dinner. If your not into 80's metal blasting this is not the place for you. Some good poutine give it a try. I had the Philly Cheese Steak large. It was good. I didn't find it overly salty and the fries stood up for about five minutes then got soggy not surprising with the amount of toppings. The mushrooms and sauteed sweet onions made it with just a hint of cheese sauce. I could taste the curd underneath it all and will be going back to try the Nacho poutine. The one draw back was with my wife's choice Pulled pork. Not being a big fan of sweet BBQ this poutine was overly sweet for my taste and I did not taste any chipolle as advertised. A vinegar sauce would have worked very well with the fries underneath.The place certainly is not big and there was no air conditioning made for a hot outing

2010 Jul 8
Went for lunch as well, today. Shared the small Hogtown and the Bacon between three people. These weren't that small, they're big, like Tiana said.

The fries were soggy. The gravy was pretty good and the toppings were too much, at least for me. The hogtown had sausage, onion, mushroom and bacon. The bacon was deep-fried. The toppings dripped of oil that soaked into the fries, making them soggy.

Honestly, it's not bad. But, it's overkill.

2010 Jul 8
Went for lunch today and had the traditional veggie + peas (not a mushroom fan) It was totally yummy but the 'regular' is a HUGE amount for one person. I ate it all, because I'm a total champ but now I wish my office chair were a hammock.

The fries weren't the best (a little oily tasting) but I really liked the gravy a lot. And the peas were nice too. I'd love to see steamed broccoli as a topping...

2010 Jul 7
The week they first opened, they were handing out free bottles of soda pop with each order of poutine, which is when I stopped by. I like being able to sit at the bar facing the street with the windows open, though it seems like there is not nearly enough seating in the place overall, especially for the after-bar crowd.

While I imagine it would be nice for the 20-somethings to have an alternative to shawarma after the club, I ddidn't find the poutine to be all that good. Too much pepper in the gravy, too much gravy overall, the cheese curds are bland, the fries are blah. Still doesn't top my all-time fave poutine place, La Banquise, in where else - Montreal. Toronto's Smoke's Poutinerie doesn't come close.

2010 Jul 7
I went last Friday with friends.

I ordered the Curry Chicken poutine and enjoyed it. French fries were almost fry-truck like, and curds were plentiful. Chicken bits were just ok. Curry flavour is from the gravy. I am willing to go back again and try something else on their menu.

Person (a) ordered the Beef Peppercorn poutine and hated it. I tried some and also hated it - I love pepper, but they had way to much in the gravy. He doesn't want to go back.

Person (b) ordered the Prime Beef poutine but they screwed up his order and gave him the Pulled Pork poutine, which he ate because Person(a) and I had already received our food and he was starving. His opinion was that it was OK, but nothing to write home about. He doesn't see any need to go back.

2010 Jul 5
Went last week and tried the triple pork.

Some of the fries were underdone and there weren't enough cheese curds. But other than that, it was pretty good. A regular is so huge that I couldn't finish and that usually doesn't happen to me.

2010 Jul 2
only smoke's can make david hasselhoff cool. real cheese curds here and better make sure you control your addiction for this true quebec delicacy as you are what you eat. don't want to start looking like poutine and cheese curds and get cottage cheese cellulite, stretch marks, spider veins...cuz if so, TURN OFF THE LIGHTS!!!!!

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2012 Jun 26
I tend to agree with the other posters, if you are looking for a traditional poutine then this is not the place for you.

However if like me you are in the market for something different then Smoke's fits the bill. Where else can you get pulled pork, bacon and sausage on a poutine?

I do recommend any of the poutines with the sausage, it is bursting with fennel and is just delicious. The portions are very large and a good bang for your buck.

2011 Aug 3
I was reminded of your comments, FF, when we had Smoke's for lunch on Monday.

And you're right on the money: the gravy is very heavy on the thyme.

This works out well for the dishes that pile the ingredients on top of the poutine, but not so well for just plain ol' poutine.

For my money, I'd usually prefer JP's or Crispy Chips, but sometimes a dude's gotta have bacon and caramelized onions on his poutine, you know?


2011 Jul 6
Being a big poutine fan, I've been wanting to try this place ever since it opened. Problem is, if I make my way to the Byward Market I'm usually eager to eat something that's more than a fast food snack!

Anyway, I tried a Small Traditional Poutine tonight and I was underwhelmed. The fries were nice and crispy (sounds like I was lucky) but the poutine-y ingredients were disappointing. The gravy was too herby, to the extent that its herbaceousness prevented any other flavour from coming through. And the curds were just dismal compared to the gold standard at JP's Crispy Fries and Crispy Chips.

In fact, if you find yourself tempted by Smoke's Poutinerie, go eat the Jerk Chicken Poutine at Island Flava next door. I wish I had.

I can see a market for Smoke's Poutinerie -- either tourists who just want to try poutine or for those who are interested in the quirky poutine variations offered here. It is not for poutine purists!