La Banquise storefront
|Food type||Snack bar specializing in Poutine|
|Street address||994 Rachel Street East|
|Postal code/ZIP||H2J 2J3|
|Website||La Banquise (official site)|
La Banquise is a restaurant in Montreal, Quebec, Canada which specializes in the dish of poutine. It serves twenty-five different kinds of poutine and is open 24 hours. Its address is 994 Rachel Street East in the borough of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.
La Banquise was founded in 1968 by Pierre Barsalou, a firefighter. It was originally an ice cream shop, although it became a snack bar later in the year and served mostly hot dogs and French fries. Poutine was not served at La Banquise until the beginning of the 1980s. Only two flavours were served at the beginning although due to customer demand, that number was increased to twenty five. Today the restaurant is owned by Barsalou's daughter Annie and her partner Marc Latendresse.