Sunday, December 23, 2012

Jack's Pub

I've always wanted to try Jack's Pub in Williamstown... a few of us headed over there to have a Sunday lunch.

We ordered a large to share for the table as a starter.

And we all tasted it. Overall, the fries were amongst the crispiest and best I had ever tasted.

 The curds were plentiful and the gravy yummy.

 I immediately pronounced it a five out of a possible five curds. Two of my companions said that it was a 4.5 out of five because the curds were cold and didn't melt quickly enough. The third companion said a 4 because he thought the gravy wasn't hot enough. My, my!
In the end, we all agreed it was a delicious plate of poutine, well worth revisiting and settled on a solid  rating of 4.5 curds out of five. Well done Jack's!

Jack's Pub, 19700 John St., Williamstown, ON K0C 2J0
Phone: 613-347-3475

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Restaurant Bourdeau

This review is courtesy of roving poutine reporter, Natalie. Thanks for this!

 Bourdeau's is a family-owned restaurant in Lancaster, 
just north of the 401, east of Cornwall, ON.

 We go there regularly... 

...and have sampled the poutine several times.

 They know what they are doing with poutine in this establishment!

 On a recent visit, I had the regular poutine with the basics: fries, curds, and gravy.

The fries were hand-cut, piping-hot and fresh. 

The gravy had a light, excellent flavour, and was without the salty taste that burdens many inferior gravies.

 And the curds? So fresh, they squeaked every time I bit into them. Bourdeau's uses St. Albert's curds, which are the best for miles around, and they don't skimp. Each scrumptious mouthful was a medley of potato, gravy and melty-cheese nirvana. Worth every calorie!

We often meet up with our friends Patrick and Marie-Emmnauelle and their son Benjamin at Bourdeau's. Ben is our godson and already a poutine lover, which is fitting since he's from Quebec, the homeland of this wondrous dish. 

  The last time we all got together, my hubby Gordon ordered the chicken poutine (like the regular poutine but with strips of chicken breast on top) and Marie-Emmanuelle and Patrick shared the "House Poutine", a gastronomic adventure consisting of fries, curds, gravy, beef, fried onions, sautéed mushrooms and green peppers. Patrick accidentally dropped of bit of tomato and lettuce from his sandwich on top .

 It's always good to add some vegetables to your meal! Impressively, they managed to finish this ginormous plate of gluttonous goodness.

 Little Benjamin got to sample everyone's poutine and was very enthused.

 In fact, he liked it so much, he tried to eat the styrofoam box from his godfather's meal.

Bourdeau's offers other versions of poutine, including Italian. There is something to suit every taste at this restaurant. They also make a yummy clam chowder, and the famous Lancaster perch rolls. The staff is very friendly and welcoming and it's always a pleasure to visit.

We pronounced our poutine delicious. Five out of five curds all around.

Restaurant Bourdeau, 229 Military S., Lancaster, ON K0C 1N0
Tel. 613-347-7255