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APDC what must I order?

The couple of us have only one chance at dinner there. What are the "must tries"?

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  1. From recent experience, try to order as few dishes as possible, they are HUGE and it would be a waste of food and your money if half of what your order goes to waste.

    I would order 1 main dish ( something with foie gras) and ask for the day's specials and order that, it will probably be some seafood arrival of the day; I've heard good things of the fried maki (lobster or crab)

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    1. re: Maximilien

      My idea of celebrating my next birthday is to "pig out" at the APDC. Most starters/apps look much more saliva inducing than the mains. I'd rather try a few apps than having to invest in an obscenely big serving of main dish. Would we get the server'tude if we try to order tapas style? I somewhat remember from the past threads tthat there is a degree of up-selling (esp for wine) and lack of service for modest ordering, and hence asking...

      1. re: emerilcantcook

        We pretty much did a "tapas" thing last tuesday. We were 6 and ordered 4, 5 apps with the smallest seafood platter and after that, 3 mains that were shared between us.

        The wines are not cheap, but what we ordered, was very good, except for the burgundy, the selection and price is quite in par to what is offered in other restaurants of that price range.

        Server was very accomodating (we're great customers, so that helps)

        1. re: Maximilien

          Report of my own birthday pigout with some suggestions:

          Two of us ordered one cromesquis each (they really explode in your mouth, literally and figuratively. We wanted some more, but restrained ourselves), the pickled tongue (simple but perfectly executed), "pain perdu" topped with morels, asparagus and a poached egg and drizzled with some butter/pan juice sauce (special of the day and very special indeed) and a Potee du PDC (seriously creamy mashed potatoes topped with sausage, ridiculously good boudin, pork belly, mushrooms and onions). We cleaned our plates completely (yeah we are pigs) and we were just full enough ... until we had this crazy idea of ordering two desserts (chocolate pot de creme and the pouding chomeur) instead of sharing one. It wasn't the best idea, the desserts were huge and somewhat felt like an overkill after a heavy dinner. They were homey, good, and pouding chomeur is a Quebecois thing to experience; but when we regained our sanity we thought we gained too many empty calories. Next time, I might just skip the dessert and get some more savory stuff instead. C'mere piggy piggy!

          I can endorse all of the dishes we tried, and I think for 3.5 bucks a pop, a cromesquis is a decadence that you must try at least once unless you have ethical concerns about the foie. Tongue was very good, but yeah it is a huge tongue and if you are not a fan YMMV. The potatoes are amazing. If you are not getting anything with a side of mashed potatoes, it is not a bad idea to order some as extra. If you are going to order dessert, pouding chomeur is perhaps the best option in terms of getting a unique Montreal experience. Many other people are fans of the duck in a can and the foie gras poutine, and these are dishes to consider as well since they demonstrate the kind of decadence that APDC is all about.

          From what we ate it looks like 2 apps (not counting the bite size cromesquis), one main and one shared dessert is more than reasonable amount of food for two healthy appetites. Eat more than that and you might need to take a nap right there at the counter, or walk up and down the mountain ten times to feel clean again.

          We drank a bottle of Domaine de Vacheron Sancerre Rogue (2005) throughout our meal. It was a good all-around mediator wine for the dishes we chose. Light, but juicy. Yeah we reached another upper limit in our dining expenses; but this is not a restaurant you can (and should) go every day; and I was happy that I didn't chose a too-precious institution where I would probably feel out of place to celebrate getting older.

          The seafood platters looked good and ridiculously fresh, but the smallest being 49 bucks with not the most impressive selection for the day (some clams, oysters and crabs, but nothing too exotic such as urchins), we really didn't want to invest that much money. The fish dishes also sounded good, but expensive ($50 for a tuna dish, ouch!) The selections vary depending on the catch of the day, and if you order a seafood platter as your shared main, it might not hurt much; but to serve that purpose I think the selection should be reasonably diverse. Definitely inquire about the components of that day's platter and other specials they have. You might just get lucky.

          And a note about the service. Not only we didn't get any server'tude because we weren't high rolling, but our server was amazing. Personal but not phony, very passionate about the food and not at all snobbish.

          1. re: emerilcantcook

            Sounds amazing. Thanks for the detailed review. Can't wait to try this place for myself!

      2. re: Maximilien

        If the maki are still as absurdly humongous as they were two years ago, I'd pass if dining with a group smaller than 6 or 8. Delicious, but IMO far too filling as an app for two or even four people. (Eight hockey puck-sized slices when we tried it.)

        As for wasting food... obviously there are some things that you wouldn't want to try to keep overnight, but apart from that there's no reason to be shy about taking away what you can't finish and enjoying it for breakfast/lunch the next day.

        1. re: Mr F

          Mmmm, the pig safely at home.

          1. re: Mr F

            I always end up with my entire main course as leftovers. Most of the dishes heat up very well the next day. But you have to ignore the pools of fat, let them melt away and pretend they didn't exist. Eat your leftovers, then go for a 4 hour bike ride as penance.

        2. I second Maximillen's suggestion. Order a few smaller items to share rather than 2 mains---the portions are indeed huge and the food incredibly rich. Prepare to be amazed!

            1. I highly recommend the beet salad with goat cheese, poutine was excellent and the pied de cochon with foie gras...wow!

               
               
               
               
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              1. re: humbert

                This place is just what I dreamed it would be. We ate way too much but I may never go again...had a special "Lard"salad...fatty, tasty, salty, goodness.Cod fritters (YUM YUM YUM), salmon carpaccio and bison carpaccio(made into cute little hand rolls) all had fresh great flavor and they looked amazing...then on to duck in a can, and happy pork chop.....that pork chop with red cabbage and mushrooms was the best I have ever had!!!!(And my boyfriend loved his duck) ohh and good wine and port and churro ok we were big piggies...anyone who wants to eat too much rich food this is the place..(and Olive the waiter was great too) I miss Montreal........