I got a note from the delightful Kathryn Ashby from Café du Lac in Toronto. She writes, "We are the first TRUE Quebecoise restaurant in Toronto. Our gourmet poutine is our specialty. It won the "Best poutine award in Toronto by Toronto Life" beating out some serious high-end restaurants." Click here to see the review.
Here's Kathryn's description: "Our poutine features REAL Québec cheese curds - we use Perron cheese curds that are brought in from Québec by the Cheese Boutique. The sauce is created specially by Pierre Robillard our head chef (my husband) and is made with Brie cheese, foie gras, pork stock and other delicacies. It's super rich, light and tasty. He takes Grade A beef that we get from Black Angus meats (triple A beef - amazing stuff) and cooks it - drizzles real Québec maple syrup (he gets it from a small farm in La Presentation Québec) and then cooks ir again. The beef is then drizzled with more maple syrup once it is pulled off the bone. This is then layered over hand cut Yukon Jack frites along with the sauce. He tops it with glace du veaux and in the deluxe version - shown here - seared Grade A foie gras. It is the most decadent tastiest thing around. People are seriously addicted to this poutine."
Okay, so doesn't that sound fantastic? Next time I'm in the Big Smoke, I'm off to Café du Lac!
Café du Lac, 2350 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto, ON M8V 1B6
Hours of operation: Mon. closed, Tue.–Wed., 5:30 pm to 10 pm for dinner, Thurs.–Sat., 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm for dinner, and Sunday Brunch from 10:30 am to 2 pm (closed Sun. night)