Poutine? I’m in.
I went down to the Courtyard Café and ordered a large poutine. A large usually goes for $4.99, a small for $4.29. I walked out with my giant poutine for $2.89 after taxes.
Here’s the product.
This poutine was weighty. Heavy. Thick. I would compare its weight to that of a litre of chocolate milk. As a guy who pays careful attention to the quantity of his food, I can say that I would have been satisfied with this portion even if I had paid full price for it.
Despite its impressive size, it lacked big flavor and had major texture issues. The fries, which I noticed were frozen when they went into the fryer, were extremely undercooked and lacked any crispness. Chartwells claims that they are made from hand-cut island potatoes, which I believe, but I bet most of that freshness was lost in the freezing process.
The beef gravy had a nice flavour, but was fairly thin. The cheese curds were good, but lacked any squeaky qualities and were not very plentiful. It didn’t take long to eat through the top layer of curds, and after a minute or two of eating the dish looked like this:
As you can see, few curds remain at this point.
For a 50% off flash deal, I don’t regret buying this large poutine a mere 2 hours after eating my real lunch. It was really big, it tasted alright, and if the fries were properly cooked in the future I would consider getting it again, even at full price.
Stay tuned for poutine reviews from the Big Orange Lunchbox, which will be coming in the next couple of weeks.