Poutine for dinner? Why the heck not! No, I’m not talking about New York Fries or some other sad version of food court poutine (alright, I will retract the statement about NYF, which I actually enjoy after a productive shopping trip). I’m talking about Duck Confit Poutine from Laurier Lounge – real Quebecois cuisine. In a restaurant that is as beautiful as the food it serves, scattering shredded bits of confit duck on a mound of crispy fries, mozzarella curds, dried cranberries, mouth watering gravy, and fresh sprigs of thyme seems fitting. You haven’t tasted real poutine until you’ve tried this version. At first glance you may feel regret for not ordering the poutine as an appetizer, but as you devour into the crispy, tender, salty, sweet melting pot of textures and flavors, the richness of the gravy and duck begins to kick in. A bottle of Don de Dieu beer, also brewed in Quebec, boasting a 9% alcohol content will wash everything down perfectly, and you will still have room for dessert.
The restaurant is dark and intimnate, perfect for a romantic night out, with a hint of brassserie style. A second floor opens up more seating space within this historical building. The single family dwelling built in 1908 was home to George Stanley, historian, author, soldier, teacher, and designer of the current Canadian flag. This historic ambiance can be felt instantanously by the creak of the floors, maturity of the walls, and slight hint of musk in the air. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve before you head out.Laurier Lounge 1111 7th Street S.W. Calgary, Alberta 403-228-3771