AU PIED DE COCHON
- 536 Avenue Duluth Est, Montréal
This eatery has gained the reputation of being one of Montreal’s most popular dining-spots for adventurous, carnivorous food lovers who share an appetite for gluttony. Martin Picard is a world-renowned chef who created this restaurant to highlight the beauty of Quebecois cuisine. It has a warm, rustic ambiance - one that’s perfect for a casual night out with friends, or even for a not-so-romantic evening out with your significant other (Fair warning - It gets pretty loud)
First and foremost, I must emphasize how much I sincerely, unquestionably, undeniably ADORE foie gras. The fact that this restaurant is known for incorporating it in most of their dishes in unusual and innovative ways was completely mind-blowing to me! Foie Gras Poutine? Unheard of! And absolutely DELICIOUS! The fries were crispy and lathered in a distinctly flavored gravy, as well as the usual cheese curds. The foie gras itself was flawless; it was perfectly browned and crisp on the outside, and the soft, creamy, rich texture was enough to make me swoon.
The Beef Tartare was on an entirely new level. The presentation was unparalleled to any I have seen before! They were wrapped into seaweed cones on a bed of rice, and in these little cones were strips of french fries and half a quail egg with a yolk that I poured over the tartare. The flavors I experienced were immense. The yolk accentuated the perfectly seasoned, tender beef. It was so enjoyable to eat and surprisingly very filling!
For my main, I had the Foie Gras Hamburger, and what a legendary burger it was. Resting on the beef patty was a large dollop of foie gras, and although it was delicious, it was almost overwhelming. My waiter provided me with a wet towlette beforehand and whispered “You’re going to need this.. you’ll see why soon”. By the end of it, I looked like I chewed a chunk straight off a living cow. It was impossible to eat it like a lady, based on the sheer immensity of the size. Regardless of the mess, it was one of the most tasty and flavorful burgers I’ve ever had!
Now the dessert. I decided to play it safe and order the Chocolate Molten Cake (My favourite dessert) and I wasn’t disappointed! The cake was warm and moist, and as soon as my fork pierced the exterior, a hot flood of dark chocolate erupted like a volcano of sugary goodness. Such a delicacy!
This restaurant was honestly such a memorable culinary adventure! I’m anticipating when the next opportunity to visit will arise!
Final words of wisdom - Skip breakfast & lunch that morning