Saturday, February 07, 2009

Au Pied de Cochon

In the previous posting, I said I would elaborate on the restaurant Au Pied de Cochon, our favorite restaurant in Montreal.

First: give yourself some time to watch Anthony Bourdain in his attempt to sample the menu. Even he almost died of a heart attack:

That said, here is the menu (I will explain what we ate below it):

Avec l'apéro

Cromesquis de foie gras
Saucissettes fumées marinées
Langue dans le vinaigre
Accras de morue
Assiette de cochonnailles


Langue de bison à l'estragon
Tarte de tomates
Soupe à l'oignon gratinée
Mousse de foie de pintade
Salade de croustillant de PDC
Salade de Bleu, pommes, endives
Salade de betteraves et chèvre
Maquereau fumé à l'érable
Tartare de bison
Carpaccio de canard
Rôti de porcelet

Foie gras

Tarte de foie gras cru au sel
Foie gras tout nu
Poutine au foie gras
Hamburger de foie gras
Foie gras aux pommes
Foie gras au maïs
Plogue à Champlain
Tarte de boudin et foie gras au sel
Duo de foie gras


Boudin Maison
Tarte de boudin
Potée du PDC
Pied de cochon
Côte de cochon heureux
La Coupe PDC (0.5 kg)
PDC farci au foie gras


Magret aux champignons
Canard en conserve
Pot au feu pour 2
Pintade pour 2

Bison & Cerf

Steak & frites
Côtes levées


Jarret d'agneau confit


Foie de cerf
Rognons de cerf
Pizza auz tripes


Arrivage du jour de Nouvelle-écosse

Les à-côtés

Frites (au gras de canard)
Purée de pommes de terre
Purée du PDC

3.50 $
3.50 $
4.00 $
6.00 $
6.50 $

5.50 $
6.50 $
6.50 $
6.50 $
7.00 $
8.00 $
8.50 $
9.00 $
10.00 $
10.50 $
11.00 $
12.00 $

19.00 $
21.00 $
23.00 $
23.00 $
23.00 $
24.00 $
24.00 $
25.00 $
28.00 $
35.00 $

12.50 $
15.50 $
19.00 $
20.00 $
21.00 $
33.00 $
45.00 $

24.00 $
36.00 $
75.00 $
80.00 $

22.00 $
23.00 $
23.00 $
25.00 $

26.00 $

14.00 $
15.00 $
25.00 $


4.75 $
7.00 $
5.75 $
7.50 $


Crème caramel
Poire pochée et glace vanille
Tarte au citron
Glace vanille
Pomme au four à l'érable
Gâteau au fromage
Crème brûlée
Pouding chômeur
Fondant au chocolat
Pot de crème au chocolat noir
tarte au sucre pour 2
Tarte aux fruits pour 2
tarte à l'érable pour 2
tarte aux pacanes pour 2
Churros à l'érable & Café Robidoux

4.75 $
5.50 $
5.75 $
6.00 $
6.00 $
6.50 $
7.00 $
7.00 $
8.00 $
8.00 $
12.00 $
12.00 $
12.00 $
13.50 $


Boissons gazeuses
Eau Eska plate
Eau Eska pétillante


Espresso, espresso allonge
Espresso double
Caffe latte
Cafés alcolisés
(supplément de 0,25$ décafféiné)

3.75 $
6.00 $
6.00 $

2.75 $
4.00 $
3.75 $
3.75 $
2.25 $
2.25 $
8.00 $


Pied de Cochon
Griffon Extra Blonde
Griffon Rousse
St-Ambroise blonde
St-Ambroise Stout
Cream Ale
Cidre du Minot


I had an oatmeal stout that isn't listed that was delicious and Canadian made.

We went in thinking it would be like Cochon in Nola. We enthusiastically scanned the list of nine foie gras appetizers, not knowing that each of which could easily serve as meal. We ordered foie gras tout nu and cochonnailles(an assortment of pork delicacies) to start. The foie gras came out as two 3/4 inch slabs (lightly seared) on a plate probably measuring 2.5 x 4 or 5 inches.

We could barely make it to the main course and for those of you who know us, that has never happened before.

I had the cassoulet (or about two delicious spoonfuls) and Billy had the PDC Melting Pot, a combination/sampling of several different dishes. These were beyond delicious but I was like a walking piece of foie gras at that point.

There was a couple seated next to us who obviously knew the chef. They ate appetizers like ours and then were served this large broiler pan sized heaping pile of meat -like 6 inches high. They dug in as is they hadn't eaten in days and polished it off with nothing left over. They were the tiniest little people, too. We felt pantsed by their gusto. When we engaged them in a conversation we found out that they are from Toronto and always come to Au Pied de Cochon, it also turned out that we had been bumped up to the room that they had reserved and cancelled at the hotel Gault because the group of people they were visiting with wanted to stay in the hip Plateau neighborhood rather than Old Montreal. Now that's a small world. Speaking of, did I mention that the concierge at The Hotel Gault used to be the concierge for the Ritz New Orleans before the storm?

We were very very pleased and almost comatose when we were finished with our hours long dining experience. We sat at the bar and watched the cooks which only added to our enjoyment. Ask for this seating arrangement when you make a reservation. And be ready to crawl home.