There was a line out the door when I visited Copper Branch and a man was briefing customers on what the restaurant is all about before they got to the cash to order. It was packed. The reasonable assumption I made from such a large crowd, was that the food would be amazing – and I was right.
Copper Branch is a café style of restaurant. You order at the counter, take a number and then wait for your food and bring your tray to a table. There is a huge difference, though, between a normal café and Copper Branch; CB is fully organic, vegan and gluten free. In other words, it’s my food heaven! Come to think of it, my experience there was heavenly…
The staff were extremely friendly, well mannered, joking around with me and helpful in answering my questions.
Now on to the best part: the food. I ordered the poutine and it was the best poutine I have had since going vegan. For those of you who don’t know what poutine is, let me break it down for you. Combine french fries soaked in gravy, with melted cheese curds and voila – poutine! My American friends frequently tell me how gross that sounds, and while I do understand that it may sound gross in theory, please believe me when I tell you that it is ridiculously good. Poutine is hugely popular in the province of Quebec, Canada and a dish I grew up indulging on. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly vegan friendly as it’s loaded with cheese and the gravy is usually made from beef stock. I have tried my fair share of vegan poutines; some are horrible, some are ok, and then there are those that blow your mind.This one definitely falls into the ‘blow your mind’ category. The gravy is made from a mushroom and miso base, with melted Daiya cheese.
Portion size was pretty large, and I ordered the smaller of the 2 options! Prices were very reasonable.
I can’t wait to head back to Copper Branch again and try more of their menu!
*There are many locations in Montreal.