La Banquise

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La Banquise
La Banquise storefront
La Banquise is located in Montreal
La Banquise
Restaurant information
Established May 1968
Food type Snack bar specializing in Poutine
Dress code Casual
Street address 994 Rachel Street East
City Montreal
Postal code/ZIP H2J 2J3
Country Canada
Coordinates 45°31′31″N 73°34′30″W / 45.525318°N 73.574951°W / 45.525318; -73.574951Coordinates: 45°31′31″N 73°34′30″W / 45.525318°N 73.574951°W / 45.525318; -73.574951
Website La Banquise (official site)

La Banquise is a restaurant in Montreal, Quebec, Canada which specializes in the dish of poutine. It serves over thirty different kinds of poutine and is open 24 hours.[1] Its address is 994 Rachel Street East in the borough of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.


A Classic Poutine from La Banquise.

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.[2] 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.[2]


On his television program, No Reservations, American chef Anthony Bourdain recommended La Banquise as one of his favourite meals in Montreal.[3]

In the Montreal Mirror's Best of Montreal Readers Poll 2011, La Banquise won the title of Best Late Night Eat in addition to Best Poutine.[4]

Ryan Smolkin developed the Smoke's Poutinerie chain after being inspired by La Banquise. Smolkin frequents La Banquise whenever he visits Montreal.[3]


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  2. ^ a b "About Us". La Banquise. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b MUSGRAVE, SARAH (2011-08-25). "3 a.m. poutine call". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 10 April 2012.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Gazette" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ "Chowtime". Best of Montreal Readers Poll 2011. Montreal Mirror. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 

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