Here you can see the best poutine deal in Melbourne. For $12 you get curd cheese, good chips, a bit of light gravy (not enough for my taste) and delicious brisket. Generally in Melbourne you get only cheap grated cheese, chips and gravy for that price so it's notable that this one is competitive. Unfortunately it suffers from the common Melbourne/Aussie salt obsession. It's overly salty making it a challenge to be able to finish the poutine in one sitting. The second one I ordered I asked not to salt the chips and it was way better. Super tasty, heaps of potential to be considered one of the best but the gravy would need a little change in the recipe. Admirable try.
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.