Poutine, pesto pizza, and awesome stout beer @ Universal

Hmm…I don’t even know where to start on this posting because everything I had at Universal was great!  The service was also excellent.

Advised by at least 2 very well-travelled friends to try Poutine before I left San Francisco, I literally carved this onto my itinerary least I forget to try this dish.  I even called G via long distance to confirm restaurants I should go to try this dish.  In other words, I. was. serious.

Although I did not go to one of the more famous “poutine” places, I think I did well to come to Universal.

A traditional poutine is a dish that’s consisted of french fries, cheese curds, and gravy.  [Note the ugly dish below]  There are now many, many variations of this treat, but this being my first Poutine ever (and probably my last), I got the traditional version.  It was humongous.  I ate 1/4 of the plate.  It was yummy, but very, very filling.  Burp!

traditional poutine

my leftovers

Next, I ordered the pesto pizza (pesto, shrimp, artichoke, and cheese) Delicious, but since I ate the Poutine, I had no room to eat this pizza.  It became yummy breakfast.

pesto pizza with shrimp and artichoke

Now, for the beer.  I am sure a lot of people are very familiar with Guinness from Ireland.   But have you heard of St. Ambroise oatmeal stout (5% alc)  by McAuslan brewery in Canada?

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

I haven’t, but I am pretty beginner in beer and wine, so am learning lots this year.  [You should also ignore the glass they gave me to drink the beer from St. Ambroise because I did not try Blanche De Chambly]  Anyway, I thought it would taste very bitter and unpleasant, but this one’s darn good and goes surprisingly well with the Poutine.  According to the bottle, this beer is brewed from 40% dark malts and roasted barley and “carries strong hints of espresso and chocolate.”  It does have a more complex flavor, but not overwhelming or unpleasant.  In fact, it went down smoothly and I really prefer this one.

Service here is also friendly.  The wait staff was some of the friendliest I have met, and generally very cool people.

Merci beaucoup.

Universal | 2055 rue Peel | Montreal, QC H3A 1V4 | Canada
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4 responses to “Poutine, pesto pizza, and awesome stout beer @ Universal

  1. Still not sure why Poutine hasn’t caught on in the States… Yum

  2. Yum, poutine! I’ve only had it in Vancouver (since that’s really the only part of Canada that I ever visit) but I’m sure it’s not the same as the real thing.

    • No idea that they had that there, too. Oh, now that you mentioned it. When I was in Vancouver years ago, I tried their smokies (sausages/hot dogs) grilled perfectly on the street with onions, mushrooms, the works…so much better than just plain hot dog. :)

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