Saturday, April 25, 2009

Belgian Fries (Vancouver)

1803 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A6, T: 604-253-4220

Vancouver is an energetic, multicultural city with various small neighborhoods with great ethnic restaurants. One of them is a classic pig out spot Belgian style, selling almost exclusively Belgian fries. Belgian Fries offers two main dishes: a bag (puntzak) of fries or poutine, a specific Canadian (Quebecois) dish of fries, cheese curds and gravy (which, to be honest, looked pretty gross). We shared the biggest bag of fries and ordered a variety of the different sauces that Belgian Fries makes (none of them are truly Belgian, but many are absolutely original).

VERDICT: 66/100
Belgian Fries is one of the few attempts at copying a Belgian frituur in North America. The fries are quite decent, but not remarkable, and certainly not of good Belgian quality. I assume the poutine is exceptional, but it didn't look attractive to me. If you are in Vancouver for a longer period of time, do stop by for a snack. If you are there for a short period of time, I'm sure you'll be able to find many better pig out spots.

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