I had only ever had poutine one time in my life in a random cafe in Seattle and it was pretty fabulous. I didn’t know what it was at the time but the description itself made it a winner. I mean, french fries (check!). Gravy (check!). Sausage (double check!). I also have heard all the nick names, including “hangover food” and “stoner food”. In my mind however, it has one other name. Deliciousness.
I am sure you can then imagine my joy when the ever-so-handsome “shaker man” and cheesecake extraordinaire, Kevin O’Brien mentioned that poutine was not only served at Maple Leaf but also that they have options. Did you want curly fries in place of regular fries in your poutine? – They will do it for you. And if you wanted to go vegetarian – they have a vegetable gravy. Furthermore, they have a variety of topping options. It all sounded so magical and so I had to go check this place out. There was no other way. And again, I did the whole school teacher thing of rounding up the troops at work and we headed over there for lunch. The place is decorated with all things Canadian – flags, jerseys and photos of alleged famous Canadians (which will almost having you play the game of “let’s name all the famous Canadians we know”). My favourite part was some of the writings on the walls by customers.
Anyway, enough talk. Let’s just get to the good stuff.
I had the poutine with sweet potatoes, roast chicken and chicken gravy. I chose to add caramelized onion and jalapenos. And I would do it all over again.
Then there was another poutine ordered – this one with half curly fries and half sweet potato wedges (yes, you can do that), chicken gravy and pulled rib meat. He did not seem to complain about anything except maybe the fact that I had to take this picture & wouldn’t let him dig in.
Two people on the table ordered the combo of the smoked chicken club sandwich with a side of poutine. Both said they really liked their sandwiches. One followed on to say that he would be back before he left Dubai. Also, see that big bowl in the back? That’s the “side order” of poutine that comes with this combo.
And because you always have the one person who will order a salad, we had an order of the Greek Salad which I was told was amazing. I didn’t try it – I didn’t want salad. But if that’s your thing – this is one healthy option that is delicious as well.
And because I couldn’t help myself as always, I got an order of three chicken wings in the buffalo sauce. While the wings were a little over-done, the sauce was perfect. It comes with french fries as well by the way. And what better way to have fries than with buffalo sauce?
And last but not the least – the cronut. We couldn’t leave without ordering a cronut. Or 2 (to share between three people). There was a lot of debate over cronuts and where might be the best ones in the city. I have only had two and honestly, I am not going to tell you which one was better. They were both just delicious in my mind.
I think there is some level of making these on the spot because after we ordered them to go so that we could all enjoy it with a cup of tea back in the office, we had to wait a little while for them. And they were warm when we got them. So wrong but oh-so-right!
If there shall be a time that you would like only a most comforting meal, head on over to Maple Leaf – comfort food at it’s best, alright!
LOCATION – Al Manara Street, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai