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“Good but overpriced poutine”
Review of La Banquise

La Banquise
Ranked #61 of 5,929 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $8
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Reviewed November 12, 2012

Going to La Banquise is all well and good if you are a tourist or if you are living on the Plateau and don't have a car. They offer a vast selection of poutines. And while they are quite good, they are also pretty expensive by poutine standards. But since the best poutine joints are outside of the city, if you don't mind overpaying and if you are a traveler seeking his or her first taste of what made the poutine so famous, La Banquise offers a tasty fare that should scratch that itch!

Thank Pat5150
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Never had poutine? Not sure you'll like it? This place has something like 24 different types. If you don't like one, try another. It's really great. Especially after a long night of drinking, you can come here and binge greasy, gooey food.

Thank Michael Dino C
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

This place is very popular and busy.
Their specialty is poutine. Poutine is french fries with special sauce and cheese.

Price is reasonable for hamburger, fries, etc.
Parking is relatively easy depending on the time of day.

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Thank humm64
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Dear Montrealers,
Why do you idolize this place!? The poutines are terrible!! The fries are bad, as is the gravy, without that, what's a poutine?! I get the charm of having a whole slew of choices and toppings, but if the foundation isn't good, adding chopped hot dogs and cheap hot pepper rings isn't changing anything. If you recommend this place and you've only ever eaten it at 3am+, keep in mind EVERYTHING is delicious after a night of drinking. They don't have good poutine, they just don't.

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

On our last day in Quebec, we were looking for the one 'regional' food we had not yet had on our trip...poutine. A bit of a search on Tripadvisor, a check on the map, and we found La Banquise. After experiencing this restaurant, I would recommend that if you want a wide variety of poutine, or you're drunk and hungry, this is probably the place for you, but if neither of those describe you, don't even bother.
Apart from the poutine, the food was actually slightly worse than your average greasy-spoon diner. I'm not going to delve too much into the poutine side of things, other than to echo a number of other reviews here....very wide variety of poutine combinations, and if you are a lover of said food, you probably can't go wrong here. Still, I'm not convinced that the 'classique' poutine is any better than run-of-the-mill poutine I've had in other non-Montreal places.
I also ate a Banquise Burger, and this was a less-than-average hamburger. White sesame seed bun, sort of stale. Not particularly large, even though the menu seems to imply that it is somehow tremendous. Tasteless sauce. Not worth trying. Even the canned pop (soda) was warm. Think high-school cafeteria. If it's late at night and you're coming off a prolonged bout of drinking, yeah, I can see how you might be happy with this place, but basically anything that has bread and meat works after many rounds of alcohol.
The decor is of the too-many-layers-of-repainting, college-student variety. Everything looks a little rough. It was very loud in there, not through music, but through the large number of clients and yelling from the kitchen. It was very crowded-feeling, but the place seems very popular, and they probably have a pretty quick turnover of customers, so that's not surprising.
The service was not very good. I think the place may be understaffed for the volume of people with which they're dealing. I would describe the manner of the wait staff as indifferent and/or rushed. After we were seated, we probably waited about 10-15 minutes for somebody to take our order. Once the order was placed, it didn't take too long to arrive, but our drinks never showed up, and we never again saw the waitress who had originally taken our order, so we had to just bug some other random member of the wait staff for our drinks. Nobody ever stopped to ask about our meal, and nobody ever showed up to bring us our bill, so once again we had to bug a random waitress.
Also note that credit cards are not accepted. Debit or cash is all.
In summary, the two things that could recommend this restaurant are the poutine and the cheap prices. Otherwise, it's crowded, noisy, the service is not that good, and the non-poutine food is below-average, even for a greasy-spoon diner. I won't be going back.

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Thank qoyusun
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