In my head, poutine is like humus. Or bun kebab. A lot of people do it, but rarely anyone gets it right – the way it’s done in its country of origin. Poutine, seemingly simple with thousands of recipes online, is a tough cookie and seldom available in its authentic splendour; Frittenwerk aims to change that, for Cologne (after Montreal and Quebec), with a variety of fritten (fries), poutines, sauces and drinks, served in an earthy environment.
It’s essentially fast food, but with fresh and healthy ingredients. Meat is sourced regionally, everything is packed in 100% recyclable materials and cooked with 100% vegetable oil. I really appreciate the environment-friendly approach and emphasis on sourcing from local producers. I decided to go down and check it out – okay, truth be told, they had fries and I am a girl with little self-control.
It’s a small, rustic café on Ehrenstr, with expansive alfresco seating area. It’s self-service, so you need to order and collect it from the counter indoors. This is where you experience the fast-food vibe, and thankfully, it ends here.
We ordered Pulled Honey Chicken Poutine, Garlic Fries and Bambus-Chicken. As promised, fries were thick-cut, crispy from outside and deliciously soft from the inside. I seasoned it generously with paprika, and it was a star. Spicy chicken on bamboo sticks were also amazing – meat was cooked to perfection, and seasoned mildly. We got a dip to go along, but we hardly used it as the chicken was yum on it’s own.
Pulled honey chicken poutine was pretty good as well, though by the time we were half way through, we realised how generous the portions were. We struggled to finish it, but did so nonetheless. It’s criminal to waste such deliciousness.
I would recommend Frittenwerk for casual hangout or brunch on a weekend. Aso, it’s a great place for people-watching. Portions are generous, so make sure you are either order sparsely or really hungry. And remember, fries before guys! Bon appetit.