Throughout my journeys in food truck land, I’ve found myself fascinated by poutine. I’m in no way an expert on the subject, and I am also sure that there are many out there who would say there is very little in Manitoba that achieves the status of “real” poutine.
Despite that, I’ve been looking around for poutine on a regular basis, and have developed my own criteria for what I consider good examples of the dish. First, I look that the fries have been well-cooked and still maintain their body. Second, I look for a rich, dark brown, and flavourful gravy. Third, the cheese should be curds as opposed to shredded and there should be enough curds to go from first bite to last. Fourthly and finally, the quality of any extra toppings.
During my visit to the Red River Ex one of the places I ran across was The Poutine King. This truck, with a caricature of its owner as its logo, hits the fair and festival circuit around Manitoba. The owner has a genuine pedigree in his area of cookery having served as an executive chef in Montreal (home to genuine poutine) for many years before coming to Manitoba and starting up this truck.
As with many of the newer food trucks, the prices here are higher, as the owner is trying to take a rather downscale dish and move it upscale. Does Poutine King succeed? Well, here are my thoughts.
The dishes mainly range from about $7.00-$10.00 dollars, depending on what the extra toppings are that you choose. You also receive a substantial portion with your order. 4.5/5
There’s not a lot besides poutine on order, but the menu contains several variations on the main theme. You should be able to find some variation to please your palate. 4/5
The food at Poutine King definitely hits the right notes in all four of the categories that I listed above. The fries are well cooked, the gravy is rich, dark brown, and the curds are piled high. The first time I tried a dish, I had the one with wieners, and the wiener was well cooked and not greasy. The second time I had what I think is called the cowboy (I didn’t write it down) which was very tender pulled pork and caramelized onions 4.5/5
This may be the only time that may complaint on portability is that the container was too full. As you can see from the photo, the gravy had spilled over the edge of the container when the pork and onions were added on top. Otherwise the dish is easy to carry, but with no cover. 4/5
The service is friendly, and well-organized. My food was prepared and served promptly on both occasions. 4.5/5
Poutine King Overall: