Introducing the Air Canada Poutinerie

A selection of Poutine dishes.

Attending the opening of a new venture is always exciting and I was particularly looking forward to one earlier this week. This is because it involved a tasty treat I hadn’t had in years – Poutine.

If you haven’t tried it before, Poutine is a much-loved Canadian dish consisting of chips served with cheese curds and a rich gravy.

A Toronto Poutine.

I first tried it many years ago while working at a UK-based campus belonging to a Canadian university. I have to admit that, at first, I didn’t like the idea of putting gravy on cheesy chips. The taste test is what really counts though and I was soon a fully-fledged Poutine convert.

Fast forward to the present day and Air Canada has opened a pop-up Poutinerie to showcase some of the destinations you can visit this winter. Each location has had a twist on Poutine created in its honour. So, for example, you can enjoy a Halifax Downstream Poutine which includes Canadian lobster and a shellfish gravy.

A Poutine menu.

In all, there are ten Poutines to try as well as a range of drinks including craft beers and Canadian wine. And that’s not all. The lounge-style bar also boasts a virtual reality on-board experience of an Air Canada flight.

Being me, I wanted to try every Poutine going, but I only managed to eat two. Namely Toronto’s The 6ix and Seattle’s Emerald City Burger Gravy.

The Toronto comes with sweet potato fries and maple-soy pork cuts. The Seattle, meanwhile, includes peanut-chipotle butter and hamburger gravy. As well as being delicious, they were nice and filling so I was well fed.

Canadian maple syrup taffy.

There’s always room for pudding though and this came in the form of maple syrup Taffy. The syrup is heated up before being poured over a bed of ice. Then it’s simply a matter of putting in a lolly stick, twisting it and enjoying it. Very nice!

I was well and truly full by this point so I took to the virtual reality experience. This offered another inventive way of highlighting the numerous destinations you can visit with Air Canada.

A man wearing a VR headset and a screen showing his virtual flight experience.

With my headset and controllers in situ, I chose my destination and seat and took to the skies. I enjoyed a virtual meal, threw a virtual washbag at virtual passengers – I’m not sure why, but it was fun! – and ended up witnessing the northern lights.

It was a very enjoyable evening and I strongly recommend going along. Especially as you could win a real flight in the process!

Two economy flights are on offer every day to any Air Canada destination. All you need to do is post a picture of your Poutine on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #CoolNotCold, tagging @aircanada.

The Air Canada Poutinerie.

The Air Canada Poutinerie is open to the public to drop in from Friday 3 November until Saturday 11 November, 12pm – 4pm and 5pm – 10.30pm daily at 52-56 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 8DP.

Each Poutine costs £3.50. There is a £4 supplement for Halifax Downstream Poutine and an additional £1.50 for Boston’s Loaded Crab. The Poutinerie is supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Children’s Charity.

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.

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