This small, warm, loud but friendly place was sort of our introduction to this awesome city after a more than 10 years gap. We were not expecting having to line-up outside the door in the ultra-freezing night though. Was definitely a whole, new experience for me. As we made it through the door we took in the scene inside. It was buzzing with people ordering, paying, working in the kitchen, serving, leaving, cleaning, drinking...all in one room! Amazing. The girls were doing little dances as they carried up to 3 plates of yummy poutine in one hand. We moved ahead in line and were seated quicker than one would expect at such a busy restaurant. Our server was a friendly young girl who gladly explained the poutine variations to me in perfect English. Food arrived at the table in about 10 minutes, and we wasted no time before digging into the delicious mess in front of us.
Although we tried to love the food at La Banquise, we both eventually agreed it wasn't the absolute best we ever had. However, the whole experience is something one should not miss when in Montreal. We were thoroughly impressed by the sheer efficiency of the staff and the lively mood of the place as a whole.
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