Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Reliable Halibut & Chips: A Damn Mess

I don’t know if poutine was on the menu when Reliable Fish & Chips opened in 1930, but it’s a standout on the menu in 2009.

At only $4, this poutine makes a great meal on its own, or as an accompaniment to a piece of deep fried fish. I often choose to pair it with a crispy piece of halibut – a heart-healthy dinner any night of the week.

Some stories tell that the first poutine was put together when a man asked for fries while waiting on an order of cheese curds. The reply? Ca va faire une maudite poutine – loosely translated as "it will make a damn mess".

A poutine from Reliable is indeed a damn mess, and that’s part of what makes it so delicious. Getting takeout? The overall consistency of the dish by the time you get it home makes it hard to determine what exactly you’re biting down on – but that’s exactly why it’s so enjoyable.

Reliable’s offering is a great choice for our first review – classically delicious. Nothing fancy: just the right ratio of gravy to cheese to potato (a great poutine gives you a taste of each in every bite) with a rich and delicious gravy in a perfect portion size.

I’ve long been a fan of Reliable’s poutine – in fact, I believe it might be one of the best in the city. So we’re setting the bar high.

Where to go from here?


  1. Oh, this is like you creating Poutine dishes from the bounty of buffett food offered us in Uni. Your palette has always been discerning!

  2. If only they didn't have such a retardedly early closing time. Isn't it like 7 PM on Saturdays?

  3. Yes - it's 7:30 pretty much most nights during the summer. So disappointing, since poutine is best enjoyed late at night. And closed on Sundays...