The following is a guest post by Vivienne Tutlewski of www.travel-o.com

After spending two months driving across Canada, Vitor and I found ourselves in desperate need of some . . . poutine! Now as you can imagine, this classic French-Canadian dish, featuring french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy, can be disastrous if served cold, soggy or stale. So we asked our friends to recommend a poutine stop that we could write home about, and were sent to Les Trois Brasseurs (The Three Brewers) in downtown Montreal.

Now this was good poutine! The fries were hot, the gravy flavourful and the cheese curds soft and tender, as cheese curds should be. Altogether, this strange but delicious French-Canadian dish was the perfect celebration to mark our arrival in Canada’s largest French city.

 

But there’s a lot more to Les Trois Brasseurs than great poutine. This popular restaurant chain, founded in France in 1986 with current locations across Quebec and in Toronto, has a unique concept – every restaurant is also a microbrewery, hence the name The Three Brewers. Walking into the Montreal location, you are greeted by a glistening copper tank and ushered into the heart of the restaurant under a string of flags that proudly name their most popular brews: white, blonde, amber, brown etc.

Before you place your order, however, don’t miss the playful selection of Beer Cocktails featured in their “Gazette” menu. We tried the Monaco (blonde beer, Sprite, grenadine), but will definitely be back for The Latino (blonde beer, tequila, lemon) and the White Sortilège (white beer, maple syrup, whisky).

Just when we thought life couldn’t get any better, we ordered a pepperoni pizza from their menu. Half a pint later, a steaming hot pizza arrived with freshly melted cheese and a crispy thin crust. Though slightly on the greasy side, the ingredients tasted fresh and left us satisfied. How could we top this, you ask? With another Beer Cocktail and a flame-toasted Crème Brûlée, of course. Needless to say, we left Les Trois Brasseurs a little heavier, but totally content with a delicious first dinner in “La Belle Province.”