Poutine Galore at The Brass PubMonday, April 25, 2016
Welcome to The Brass Pub in Kingston, Ontario where savoury dishes are their speciality and having a good time is always a must. Restaurant by day and a busy student-favourite pub by night - this go-to spot for enjoyment makes ridiculously affordable meals from brunch to late night nibbles and they don't skimp out on flavour thanks to their talented kitchen manager Christina Warren. (Go follow her on instagram: @bykerboi)
I was graciously invited to dine at the pub after quite the menu revamp and pardon my language, but damn was I impressed. Having been one of my stomping grounds when I was a student at Queen's University, The Brass Pub has always been filled with good memories. My foodie partner-in-crime joined me on the outing and boy were we excited! Glancing over the new menu we were tickled with joy and obviously drooling just a tad.
Because seriously, how appetizing does this look?
What did my foodie partner-in-crime and I nibble on you ask?
Roast Beef Dip
Shaved medium rare roast beef with sautéed onions and mushrooms piled on a toasted garlic Vienna roll, served with au jus.
Smoked Sausage Poutine
Seasoned fresh cut fries topped with sliced debrezini sausage, caramelized onions, real cheese curds, gravy and green onions.
Does it get any better than that? I obviously had to order comfort food i.e. poutine and keep my hometown of Montreal proud!
But let's just take a moment of silence to appreciate this quintessential French-Canadian dish.
For the uninitiated, poutine is a dish born out of rural Quebec that consists of three ingredients: fries, gravy, and of course cheese curds. It's simple enough, but as with anything seemingly simple, everything is in the details. This Smoked Sausage Poutine poutines wins with the right balance of textures and flavours starting off with a layer of fries that had crisp exteriors and soft interiors. On top a generous portion of bite-size softened cheese curds that had the distinct squeak to them (essential!). And most importantly, it was doused in a dark and satisfying gravy that brought all of the toppings together and simply melted in your mouth. The addition of sliced debrezini sausage and caramelized onions gave this poutine that extra oomph.
This Quebec born gal gives this Smoked Sausage Poutine at The Brass Pub her stamp of approval and definitely reminded me of being at La Banquise back in Montreal.
Overall The Brass Pub is more than just a hang-out spot to socialize over drinks. With their new menu change, they've stepped up their game on all levels especially when it comes to their breakfast/brunch menu and specials. And you know how much I love a good brunch meal. Kitchen manager Christina and her team have quite the creative minds with their seasonal specials - from apple pie crumble waffles to pumpkin spice waffles with breaded chicken and maple glazed bacon. So if you're craving a savoury pub meal then this is the place to go!
Where: 403 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario
Give 'em some love: www.thebrasspub.com