July 30, 2009 7

Au pied du cochon (Montreal: Plateau)

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Ever since I saw the Montreal episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No reservation I wanted to try this place. Au pie du cochon is a well-known Quebecois restaurants that’s known for heart attack-inducing dishes. Prior going, my friends warned us that we should make sure our stomachs are empty and that we should share the dishes. This is the kind of place where they have 8 different foie gras dishes on the menu and foie gras were used as ingredients many other dishes.

Five of us ordered one appetizer, three main courses and one side.

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We started off with a Cochonnailles Platter. The cold cut platter:  sausages, Tongue and pates. I like the tongue a lot.

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PDC’s Melting Pot
It’s a “melting pot” of several of their meat dishes. There’s blood sausages, sausages, foie gra, Pork, Mashed potatoes, cheese, onion and mushroom. A very hearty dish but not too rich or heavy. The blood sausages were excellent. It was our favorite of the night.

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Duck in a Can. Too rich and too fat! The picture speaks for itself!
We ordered this because of the name. The waitress brought over a can and a plate with bread on it. She opened then can and then poured the content out onto the bread in one fluid motion. We were awed by the whole thing, and then more awed by how rich the dish was. It had very fatty duck (which I found a bit overcooked) with foie gras and lots of lots of grease. The sauce was tasty though.

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Plogue à Champlain – buckwheat pancake with potatoes, bacon, foie gras, cheese and maple syrup.
Yes Foie gras with Bacon, cheese and maple syrup….definitely a heart attack combination. An interesting dish, multiple flavors. Though I could only had few bites of this. I’m glad we didn’t also get the foie gras burger or the foie gras poutine!

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Everyone had to get coffee or tea by the end the meal and we had no stomach for dessert unfortunately. My friend got the Brazilian coffee which had amaretto in it. Tasty!

It’s a satisfying and filling meal. I don’t eat rich and heavy food like this often, but I can see it being really satisfying during the bitter cold winter in Montreal. We took a long long walk on our way home. Interestingly, everyone had some sort of nightmare or weird dream that night in our sleep.

Au pie du cochon
536 rue Duluth est, Montréal (Québec) H2L 1A9

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7 Responses to “Au pied du cochon (Montreal: Plateau)”

  1. Jean says:

    I love your photos and writings, especially from your travels, they are extra tantalizing!! DROOL!! 😀

  2. Joan says:

    Thanks Jean!

  3. ron says:

    I’m in love.

  4. lynrei says:

    I wished I had someone warn me about how big these portions were when I visited. The bf and I ordered 2 appetizers, 1 size, and 2 entrees for ourselves … we were sad that we weren’t able to save any of it!

  5. Montreal is my home town and whenever I go back, Au Pied de Cochon is the one restaurant I make sure to visit. On my last visit, I tried the Tarragon Bison Tongue and was blown away. And, for dessert, the Pouding Chomeur is hard to beat.


  6. Joan says:

    Hey Baron,
    wow the Cromesquis look really good too~ wish we got that too!

  7. S Lloyd says:

    Wow, I like your photos. What is the digital camera + type of lens you did use ?