Where to eat South American style poutine in Toronto
Poutine, that gooey, calorie-packed Canadian staple has become a unifying theme on menus across Toronto's culturally diverse dining scene - no matter if it's a ramen joint, Caribbean bistro, or, in this instance, a South American snack bar.
Find a Latin rendition at Mata Petisco Bar in Parkdale, where the messy comfort food is billed as Beef Cheek Poutine ($14).
Elegantly plated, this poutine is built on a base of golden cassava frites (in lieu of potatoes), then piled with proper cheese curds, tender torn bits of smoked beef cheek, and finally a blanket of rich, thickened demi glace.
The cultural exchange is happening in both directions, too. Mata Petisco Bar co-owner, Felipe Faccioli notes that there's nothing really akin to poutine in his native Brazil, but there is at least one eatery, Pecado de Bom, that's introducing a little Canadian culture to San Paulo.
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