Never has one food been so divisive until Canada's Unicorn Poutine was introduced to the world. The rainbow-coloured concoction was shared on the official Canada twitter account in what was likely meant to be a light-hearted appreciated post for combining our unofficial national food with a super Instagram-worthy trend. Unfortunately, that's not what happened.
In reaction to the poutine on Twitter, many Canadians were horrified. One stated that it looked like crayons melted on fries while another simply said that it was an abomination. Of course, no one had a stronger reaction than Quebec, the home of poutine.
Some offended Quebeckers who saw the unicorn poutine on Twitter went as far as to threaten to separate from the country entirely while others were convinced that poutine like this is exactly why Montreal hates Toronto so much. That's a whole lot of controversy for one little dish.
Of course, not being one to shy away from the controversy, I had to get to the bottom of this. Sure the unicorn poutine looks absolutely ridiculous, but does it taste ridiculous too? There was only one way to find out.
In the interest of settling this public debate, I made my way to Enchanted Poutinerie, which at Wilson and Dufferin, isn't in the easiest spot in the city to get to. I tried the now-infamous unicorn poutine and this is my honest opinion.
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Even with a car, it took a while to get out to The Enchanted Poutinerie, but fortunately, they do have a couple of parking spots out front that are free, so that's a win. But we aren't here to review the parking so let's get to the real stuff.
The unicorn poutine is both everything I expected and not at all what I expected at the same time. The one word I would use to describe it is confusing.
When you see the bright purple, blue, and pink gravy you automatically think sweet. Then you put it in your mouth and while your brain was fully prepared for it to taste like candy, it's instead salty and savoury. In my opinion, it was super trippy.
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Guess what though, while the picture makes it look like some complete abomination that has completely ruined poutine, it actually tastes just like your average, normal poutine. That's right — everyone can calm down because this is a pretty run-of-the-mill poutine that just looks cooler on your Instagram than regular brown gravy.
On top of that, it was actually pretty good poutine. The fries were crispy enough to hold all the toppings so even when you got down to the bottom of the box they weren't all soggy, which is one of the most important elements for me.
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As for the curds, which the restaurant says are legit Quebec Cheese Curds, while the tie-dye effect is a little off-putting, they have good pull when melted and a bit of squeak when cool.
The gravy is understandably the star of the show with its magical unicorn colours but other than looking different I can't really say that anything about the taste of it stood out to me. It was your average gravy, but rainbow.
While I was there, I even overheard someone say that it was "the most authentic poutine outside of Quebec" but we would need an actual Quebecker to confirm that one.
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This place also went all out on the enchanted unicorn theme, not only with the menu but the decor. The walls are covered in trees and the ceiling was painted in multi-coloured leaves. Each table has some cute little decoration on it and there are even these fuzzy rainbow couches set up to get the perfect picture. If you ask me, they're clearly targetting Instagrammers with the whole vibe.
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So, to sum this whole unicorn poutine review up, the poutine is a weird experience for your brain but once you get used to it, it actually tastes like a really good, normal poutine. My main complaints are that the location is not the easiest to get to and at $12 for a regular-sized box it's not exactly cheap.
Oh and while it's super Instagram-worthy, do not order this on a first date or before an important event because your tongue will be blue/purple after!
The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Narcity Media.