I don’t think Smoke’s is that great. It was a nice buzz when it first opened in 2010 – prime location in downtown near all the pubs and definitely knew about their market potential around this area. Even if Smoke’s is a franchise, the quality should still live up to a standard. Sadly this wasn’t the case. Service was incredibly slow, even if you come at a non-peak time and you are the only customer. Poutine should be served fast. Just because you have toppings to add to the poutine still doesn’t give you an excuse – look at all the poutine places in Québec.
Toppings are just a marketing gimmick. Their poutine isn’t great (my housemate once told me they gave her luke-warm poutine). Just a summary of their poutine:
- Cheese: they are cheese curds, but they are not squeaky. Guess they stored the curds in the fridge.
- Fries: We aren’t expecting frites, but their fries were quite disappointing.
- Gravy: It was thick, which was very gross in texture. Reminded me of congealed chicken fat. There weren’t enough gravy to cover the fries.
My ratings: ❤
Price range: $-$$
Country Style Poutine
Grilled chicken breast, double-smoked bacon, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions
They were out of mushrooms, told us we can wait for 10 minutes (after the whole poutine was already prepared – and it was after 15 minutes of waiting). No thanks! We waited long enough and we don’t want cold poutine. We also weren’t happy that the mushrooms were missing. Finally they told us we can pick an additional topping, so I picked bacon. Overall comment: It’s not overly salty. Bacon was good. Chicken was too sweet and felt out of place with the poutine.
183 Division Street Kingston, ON