Canada

Stacks Poutine, at Birthdays, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BJ

31 October 2014

For Canadian food, the obvious venue is the Maple Leaf on Maiden Lane, but a look at the menu was not very encouraging, since the Canadian credentials of the dishes is largely achieved by sticking the names of Canadian cities onto the front of bog-standard pub food. Fortunately, we have got to this part of the world at the same time as the hipster food meme that is Poutine. Poutine is a French-Canadian dish comprising chips in gravy, topped with curds, and is surprisingly good. The current trend for Poutine means a few places serving it have popped up in east London, so we headed for Stacks in Dalston.

inevitable

Pulled pork poutine: inevitable

For aperetifs we tried the local specialities of Cocovino (coke and red wine; weird) and Lagerita (lager with tequila; good). Then for the poutines themselves, which came with a range of toppings. There was a kimchee option, which Steve considered but eventually bottled out of, choosing instead the pulled pork (making its inevitable appearance on a Dalston menu). Sophie and Joe chose the Coq au vin and Bacon and sour cream toppings respectively.

And it was all pretty good. The restaurant itself is just a ‘cool’ bar, so not much in the way of Canadian atmosphere.

Scores

Food: 4/5

Atmosphere: 2/5

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