Smoke’s Poutinerie is a place that I have seen on many occasions when I’m heading back home on the TTC at Spadina and College. A seemingly popular spot for nearby UofT students and other patrons – Smoke’s offers a casual dine-in setting for its customers, serving specialty poutine. Smoke’s took the traditional poutine of fries, cheese curds and gravy and spiced it up with custom toppings to create desirable meals for everyone.
It was quite empty when I went with my company one afternoon – so we were quick to order our poutine and sit at the tables until our order was prepared. The restaurant was pretty loud – with some rock music playing in the background. However it was very suiting with the atmosphere that Smoke’s was trying to create, which I feel was a bold, diner-styled ambiance. This portrayed a bright and fun atmosphere which was welcoming to customers.
We decided to “wow size” our poutine so that we could share – and shareable it was! The wow size offered one large serving of Philly Cheese Steak Poutine which had flat iron steak, roasted red peppers, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions and cheese sauce on top. This portion size was quite large even for the two of us, so we did have some leftovers remaining in our bowl at the end of the sitting.
In terms of taste, I think because it was so overwhelmingly large I couldn’t really enjoy too much of the taste of it. However, I can appreciate that the ingredients were fresh and the tastes were pretty good in moderation. The gravy may have been too much in excessive because the fries were quite soggy and lost its crisp.
Overall, if you want to try out Smoke’s Poutinerie with a friend, be wary of the size you get. The size that my partner and I got together may have been too large for the two of us – and we may have had a better experience ordering two individual sized poutines instead of one wow size. If you’re going here with a large group however, perhaps your experience will be more enjoyable!
For more information on Smoke’s – take a look at their website: http://smokespoutinerie.com/
Plating – ♡ ♡ ♡
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