I popped over to Relish tonight. After the post about my first Relish experience a couple of weeks ago, I decided to give them a second chance. I wanted to try their poutine. I consider myself to be a bit of a poutine connoisseur (if there is such a thing). It may seem like a pretty simple concept: put cheese on french fries, pour gravy over the cheese to melt the cheese… but there are so many factors that could change the outcome.
The fries need to be well-cooked (but not over-cooked) so the gravy doesn’t turn them into mush. The cheese is a matter of personal taste… authentic poutine tends to use cheese curds, but here I just shred mozzarella. Then the gravy. Oh, the gravy. Probably nothing else matters as much as the gravy. You put the wrong gravy on, and you’ve ruined everything. Poutine gravy should be dark, rich, and thick. Too many place places use gravy the consistency of water. Not good.
So how did Relish stack up in the poutine department? Well, first let me say that I applaud management’s decision to hire barbie dolls behind the counter. I thought that my last visit was just a fluke. Nope. Not so. Moving on… How was the food? As expected, Relish poutine is not cheap. I paid $5+ for a rather small box of poutine. And honestly, it’s probably just as well that it was small because the salt content is probably through the roof. Salt and poutine go hand in hand. Poutine is not a meal for someone who is trying to make healthy choices. I understand that. And I love salt… so I know that when I find something to be too salty, then it’s too salty.
I know that Relish is new, and everyone seems to love it there… I want to recommend it. I really do. I’m just having a real hard time getting excited about paying gourmet prices for a small amount of food. The burger and fries that I had last time were good, but I don’t think that I got great value for my money. Tonight, I’m even having a hard time saying that my meal was good. It was ok. I know that I’ll be hungry in an hour or two, and that’s not good.
I think that I’m done with Relish. I know that people will disagree with me, and if you haven’t had a chance to try their food yet, you really should not base your decision on a single person’s blog. So go try it… and let me know what you think.