Sure, I was turned away from May Chan & Robotaki on Friday night because they were still only open for “invited guests,” but their loss was my gain. I’d heard T Poutine on Ludlow Street was opening August 1, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to stop by and see for myself the night before. Yes, it’s definitely open now. If you’re like me, you’ve been staking it out ever since nearly every publication and web site in town mistakenly reported it as being open over a month ago. Even T Poutine’s own web site doesn’t mention it being open yet, but as of about 6 hours ago they’ve finally updated their Twitter page.
If your prior poutine experiences are anything like mine (purchased from a food truck in front of a university in Toronto — insanely messy), then the look of T Poutine might throw you off at first. This place is slick. Metal stools, smooth surfaces, cool tables, exposed brick, moody lighting, and a glass-walled kitchen area where you can watch the chefs in action. This is the poutine joint of the future.
But what about the food? First, sorry for the pic but I only had my pocket camera, and it’s pretty dark in there. They do have stools by the storefront for those of you who are thinking of stopping by during the day and want some better lighting. I had to go with the “classic,” but honestly, the whole menu is exciting — there are a few things I’m looking forward to trying on my next visit. The fries are thick and fresh cut, like really fresh cut. Don’t expect any limp or wimpy fries here. And check out those curds… they’re freakin’ massive. I’m more used to tiny, very messy curds, but I’m totally into the T Poutine style. The gravy holds it all together very well. I guess it’s hard to go wrong with poutine in general, especially if you’re a little drunk and looking for food to soak up the booze. Still, I’d say this is poutine that’s been fancied up a bit, but in a good way. P.S. I checked out Thirst afterwards at the Landmark Sunshine — holy cow, that movie is not for the light of heart, but then again, none of Park Chan-Wook’s movies are.