Having heard of this chain of fast food eateries that have amongst their offering of menu items various versions of poutine, we headed to the far end of the complex (it's basically a massive collection of open carparks with warehouse type buildings surrounding them) and into La Belle Province. It's not as pretty as it sounds. In fact, it's just a kind of diner like the M Cafe (as Austin calls the international fast food outlet with the golden arches) but without so much propaganda.
We ordered the small poutine without adornments and had our first bite. The chips weren't the best; a little overcooked, and you know when you can taste the old frying oil that hasn't been changed in ages? Yeah, that was them. And the sauce was mediocre at best but still had a bit of a twang to it, and the cheese was in good supply but kind of average.
I seem to be measuring everything against La Banquise probably because it's meant to be one of Montreal's best places to get the most delicious poutine. However, so far it hasn't measured up. I think if we were going to be in Montreal for longer, I'd go through all the plain poutines first and then start back on the ones with extras like salami or Mexican or whatever. Maybe that's more where La Banquise shines. For La Belle Province though, it's an okay poutine for a quick stop for lunch but don't expect brilliance.