What’s Poutine, you ask? It’s basically Canadian cheesy chips and gravy. Got your attention yet? Good…
The Air Canada Poutine Pop-Up in Shoreditch is offering ten different dishes, all based around the same concept but with a whole host of different flavours. Each Poutine showcases a different destination that Air Canada flies to as part of their #CoolNotCold destinations campaign. And it’s open for a whole week, from today.
I went along to its launch night to get some Canadian spirit and fill my face with loads of tasty topped fries. Not bad for a Wednesday evening, right?
Just a short walk from Shoreditch High Street Station, it’s hard to miss this corner location, as there’s a big sign saying Poutinerie above the door. Handy. Inside, you find yourself in a small space with a bar serving Canadian beer and wine, as well as frozen cocktails. A slushy margarita in hand, we went to explore the Poutine portions on offer.
Fate intervened a little, as I’m off to Cancun on Saturday and the first Poutine to arrive in my excited hands was the Cancun’s Costa Maya Mole. The crispy sweet potato fries came with queso fresco, mole sauce and micro coriander and it was GLORIOUS.
Veggies and vegans have options here too. I tried the Portland’s Vegan Chili Fries, which actually turned out to be my favourite dish of the night. The Szechuan chilli gravy poured over the fries was amazing, with a sweet chilli kick, and bean curd, sesame and spring onion finished off the dish perfectly.
I also went a little more classic, with the Seattle’s Emerald City Burger Gravy – fries covered in peanut-chipotle butter, hamburger gravy, Kraft Cheese and pickled gherkin. There’s also the Halifax Downstream Poutine, which has Canadian LOBSTER and shellfish gravy if you’re feeling fancy.
Once we’d grabbed some drinks and eaten our first round of poutine, we discovered the less-busy downstairs lounge area. The perfect place to eat and chat, it’s also got a Virtual Reality Experience. And honestly, I never knew virtually being on a plane could be so much fun. I had business class all to myself, and threw my dessert across the aisle. Definitely not something you can do on an actual AirCanada plane…
Air Canada are also offering visitors the daily chance to win flights to any destination on its network, simply by posting a snap of your Poutine with the hashtag #CoolNotCold and tagging @aircanada.
All proceeds from the pop-up go to Great Ormond Street too, so you can feel good as you gorge yourself on approximately a zillion chips. Each dish is £3.50, and portion sizes are generous – they’ll all be served up in the square boxes you can see in the pics. An actual bargain, especially in Shoreditch.
If you’ve got a few spare hours between today and next Friday 11th, definitely go try out some poutine. Seriously good food, and you’ll be itching to get on a plane to Canada afterwards.
The Air Canada Poutinerie
52-56 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 8DP