Poutine's ever-growing popularity is both a blessing and a curse. On the divine side of things, the classic Montreal dish is getting some serious recognition across the nation and around the world. What's bad, though, is poutine slowly being dissociated with Montreal, which isn't okay, because the city is, and forever should be, the poutine capital of the world. One website doesn't seem to think so.
Listing the best late night poutines in Canada, travel website CheapFlights.ca listed 9 different restaurants, with no official ranking system being employed. La Banquise, one of Montreal's most famous poutineries, makes the list, as it should, but it's the only Montreal restaurant featured. Toronto, on the other hand, had three.
The article's write-up on La Banquise wasn't bad or poorly informed. Reference was made to the resto's variety of poutines, and the piece even gave a rundown of La Banquise's unique history, which was interesting to read. But again, I just couldn't get over the fact that the articles gives triple the amount of words to Toronto-based restos. Smoke's Poutinerie is even on the list, which everyone knows is the basic betch of all poutine joints.
Anyone with any basic knowledge of Montreal's poutine scene, or just did a google search, would instantly be able to talk at length about the city's great poutine spots. Instead, the many restos that make Montreal the world's poutine capital were ignored entirely. La Banquise did deserve to be on this list of best late night poutines, no question there, but we can't stand for a city-wide snub when Toronto got so much love.
T-dot does not even understand poutine, they've transformed it into a hot mess of a dish where random additions are tacked on top of fries, cheese, and gravy to make "fancy" poutines, which is not what poutine is about. Everything is is sub-par and even Torontonians know it. It makes sense this article would list La Banquise, given the resto's notorious amount of poutine-variations, but at least La Banquise does it well.
Check out the full listing of restos below, and read the full article here. Just try not to get as worked up as I did.
In what can only be described as the ultimate fine dining experience, Tampa Bay Lightning player and Montrealer Mathieu Joseph brought the Stanley Cup to Montréal-Nord this weekend and ate a giant poutine out of it.
Hockey's holy chalice has had many things in it from beer to a baptized baby but never poutine — at least as far as we can tell!
Now that’s fine dining. 🏆🤌
The Skytrax World Airport Awards are globally recognized, and Montreal's airport authority called them a "benchmark of quality" within the airport industry. This survey was conducted from August 2020 until July 2021, and Skytrax pays for all operating costs.
The people behind Flamos Peri Peri Chicken are betting that a new twist on a classic recipe will help them break into Montreal's crowded chicken market.
The brand-new chain restaurant recently opened its first location at 72, boul. Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Châteauguay with a menu inspired by African, South American and European flavours and headlined with a unique and interesting twist on classic piri piri chicken.
Courtesy of Flamos Peri Peri Chicken
By all accounts, Montrealers love their Portuguese-style chicken, grilled to perfection and bathed in piri piri sauce, but set aside those presuppositions when it comes to the uniquely flavoured bird coming out of Flamos' kitchen.
"We have been in the restaurant business for 32 years and have always been challenging ourselves to open different concepts over these years by always being creative, innovative and developing different and great tasting meals that people love," a spokesperson told MTL Blog. "We have succeeded in creating a very unique taste. Our chicken is unlike anything you have ever tried."
Courtesy of Flamos Peri Peri Chicken
Aside from their signature chicken, they're also offering refreshing salads, bowls, sandwiches, a variety of imaginative poutines, and desserts. There's also a selection of sauces and a vegan burger.
But wait, there's more. Don't even think about walking away without an order of Coq Mac n' Cheese, cooked with karaage popcorn chicken, cavatappi pasta, aged cheddar, mozzarella, Parmigiana Reggiano, Grana Padano, green onions, and finished with a drizzle of chipotle aioli sauce.
Flamos Peri Peri Chicken is opening locations in Lachenaie and Terrebonne in August and September, respectively, while Ontarians will be able to enjoy this unique cuisine in Mississauga and Kitchener in the fall, with more restaurants to open next year.
Montreal has been ranked the ninth-best city for students in the world, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education network that analyzes education throughout the world. It tied with Boston and Paris for ninth place.
The city fell three spots in the 2022 best student city ranking compared to 2019, going from number six to number nine.
London and Munich made up the top two student cities in the world while Seoul and Tokyo tied for third.
In order to be considered in the best student cities ranking, cities must have a population of over 250,000 people and be home to at least two universities featured in the QS world university rankings. Montreal currently has three: McGill University, Université de Montréal and Concordia University.
Although Montreal's affordability is competitive compared to many cities in the world — including Toronto and Vancouver — it ranked 52nd for affordability, according to QS. The affordability ranking is based on tuition fees, retail prices, an iPad pricing index, and the city's cost of living.
Montreal ranked 10th in the world for the QS student view ranking, which is based on the student experience in the city and the proportion of students who would remain living in the city post-graduation.
QS cited a friendly student environment and a world-class education as Montreal's main attractions for students across the globe.