Au Pied de Cochon Suggestions?
I have a reservation this Sunday at APdC and am stoked. There's going to be 4 of us and we'll share things. Any suggestions on things we should order/ stay away from?
I've only been to Au Pied de Cochon once, and I loved the Plogue de Champlain and the Duck in a Can. For some reason, I thought the Plogue was an appetizer and ordered it as such. Well, it's not an appetizer - it's a very nicely sized main course dish. This did not stop me from eating the whole thing, in addition to most of my Duck in a Can, the leftovers of which were wonderful for breakfast the next day - cold.
Here, little piggy... :-))
P.S. Don't forget to buy the book. It's for sale at the restaurant.
The smoked mackerel appetizer is delicious. We were a table of 3 and we shared the main dish of the guinney hen and there were leftovvers. It was excellent though. And yes, buy the book, it's amazing.
I like the foie gras apple pie. It's a small tart of caramelized apples and onions, with some raw milk cheese melted over and a piece of seared foie on top. The cochonailles (cold cuts and pâtés) platter is another favorite of mine. The smaller pig's foot (the one without foie gras) is also great. It's served on a bed of garlic cheese mashed potatoes along with a fried cake made from all the little bits leftover from boning out the foot. Again great leftovers for the next day.
Wow - this is my favorite table in Montreal! If they are serving it, the elk tartare is really, really worthwhile. You would have a hard time going wrong here (unless you don't dig on swine - they serve everything but the oink!), but in my opinion the foie gras poultine is just TOO over the top!
The wine list is better than most, if a bit on the expensive side compared to NYC or L.A. (damned US dollar!). Well, that and it leans toward plonk (Bordeaux), which I have a bias against, but there is something for everyone and chances are excellent you will enjoy your meal and the experience. (Does anyone else agree that Joel's Atelier in Las Vegas ripped off Au Pied's interior decor? They most certainly did!) N.B.: Be prepared for rowdy tables - overheated bankers and traders can get really loud - but then I think the flush-faced atmosphere is half the fun!