I've always wanted to sample some true Quebecois Food at Au Pied de Cochon but have never gotten a chance to do so till my recent trip to Montreal. The restaurant is always fully booked whenever I visit Montreal but somehow Cindy managed to get a reservation for us that night!
Our meal started with some sub-par bread.
The Bison Tongue was tender and had a nice chewy texture. The flavor of the Tongue was phenomenal went really well with the Mustard Sauce. This was my favorite of the night!
Foie Gras with Caramelized Apples
The chef was definitely generous with their Foie Gras, which was served on top of a Buttered Brioche. The Balsamic Glaze and Apples add a nice Sweet and Deep Flavor to the Foie Gras which was cooked just perfect. The Brioche gave it a nice crunchy texture to the soft Foie Gras
Foie Gras Poutine
An artery clogging but sinfully good Quebec Dish. The fries were a little soggy but was seasoned just right and full of potato flavor. The rich Foie Gras Brown Gravy was so good we could have used as a sauce for anything.
This was our main course that Laurent and I shared. Our Pig's head came with Baked Clams and Cheesy Mash Potatoes. The Head was really tender but very fat! The only part that contained meat were the cheeks which was good. The Clams were my favorites. It was baked in Salt and was so fresh.
Hunter's Pork Chop
The Pork Chop was very good! It had a nice crust from being Pan Seared and was very tender. The Mushroom Ragout complimented the meaty flavor of the well marbled pork.
The Mash was really good! It was a good combination between creamy potatoes and potatoe puree. The flavor was really good especially with the Olive Oil.
We were so stuffed there wasn't room for dessert. Cindy however ordered a Chocolate Mousse which we tried. It was good but way too rich for us after our Pig's Head.
After Au Pied de Cochon I can truly say I've had true Quebecois Cuisine. One would probably need to go on a green diet for months after this one meal but it was truly an experience I would never forget especially the Pig's Head.
Price: $$$$ (Approximately USD $70 per person)
Address: 536 Avenue Duluth Est, Montréal, Québec H2L 1A9, Canada
Tel: +1 (514) 281-1114
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