A sweet looking poutine that very much could be the real deal. Look at the homemade curd cheese. You're looking at a poutine, as much as a poutine can be in Melbourne. But what? There's always something wrong to ruin the authentic poutine experience. Yes, can't have perfection around here; this one is way to salty to be edible in one go. We were two on it and one bailed out early for salt overdose. Maaaan, it looked so good. Super close to being a top poutine only sabotaged by a small detail.
Is it a pout?
It's a real opinion of a real meal bought in a restaurant but not all restaurants labelled the meal as being a poutine and it's all in the spirit of discovery and fun. Some labelled the dish as "loaded fries" or simply with the ingredients "Chips, Gravy & Cheese". I wish everyone would try every poutine and all the close variations. For any chef or worries restaurant owner the best solution is still to do more research on poutine, its origin and the existing variations in Quebec. Otherwise the "loaded fries" label is a very polite way to tell that you're not going to have curd cheese, for example, even if it won't prevent a Quebecois from thinking about poutine while eating loaded fries.