We woke up early on our second day in Montreal and headed straight to Olive & Gourmando. (Why leave a good thing?)
I went for a pot of Earl Grey tea and panini pomme, which had apples, ham, and smoked cheddar. I rarely go for the fruit and meat combination, but this was pretty good. A little bit salty, a little bit savory, and a little bit sweet, this panini hit all the right notes.
After we were all fueled up, we took the metro to Parc Jean-Drapeau, an island in Montreal on the Saint Lawrence River. We were there to see the Biosphere, the site of the 1967 World Fair, now repurposed into the Biosphere Environment Museum. With its interactive exhibits and naturistic surroundings, it reminded me a little of San Francisco’s Exploratorium. The geodesic dome was the highlight, and we spent sunset on the biosphere’s domes taking in a cityscape of Montreal.
Now comes the good part. Word on the street (and by street, I mean Internet) was that Restaurant Ma-Am-M Bolduc serves up Montreal’s best poutine. And if the best poutine in the world is in Montreal, well then, that must mean Ma-Am-M Bolduc serves the world’s best poutine. Right?
This was my first poutine, so I didn’t have much to compare to, but I feel pretty confident that Ma-Am-M Bolduc’s poutine is among the best. I ordered a classic poutine (who knew there are so many variants?) and Nishan, who is an Official Canadian, concurred that this was indeed the best poutine he’d ever tasted.
Mission accomplished. Only two days into my trip and we’d already found the best poutine.