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Au Pied de Cochon - worth the out-of-town visit?

atomeyes Mar 2, 2010 06:12 PM

Hey,
We're driving into Montreal this weekend and are looking for dinner venues.
In Toronto, we're nicely spoiled with the Black Hoof. I wasn't sure if we should make a point of trying Au Pied de Cochon (not that they are overly similar...but they are kind of along the same vein).

For the price and for the food: is it really worth it being one of our dinner choices?

Hearing your $0.02 would be great or getting any other dinner suggestions would be great.
Thanks

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    PadmeSkywalker Mar 10, 2010 02:28 PM

    In real life I know quite a few people who have gone to PDC multiple times over the years and they all say that the place has gone steadily downhill. On chowhound there are people who passionately love it and people who were just not impressed. I personally think there are plenty of other place you could go to that are cheaper, have better service and better food but to each their own. If you're a big meat/decadent fatty food fan it is worth it to go.

    For a dinner rec try Bistro Justine's. It is a very cute French bistro/wine bar, it has a nice, non-pretentious atmosphere and the service is excellent. Prices are also really good. http://www.bistrojustine.com/barvin/eng/accueil.php

    I have some pictures of when I went up on my blog:
    http://cookbookfixation.blogspot.com/...

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      Maximilien Mar 10, 2010 02:36 PM

      As I said earlier, you cannot and should not compare APdC and any other restaurant in town (except maybe Joe Beef).

      Justine is good, but far from being closely related in quality (food, ambience, ...) to APdC.

      Anyway, as I wrote in numerous APdC threads, don't order all your food from the regular menu; order from the day's specials, usually better, seasonal and more "inventive".

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        PadmeSkywalker Mar 10, 2010 03:39 PM

        I didn't say Justine's is as good or related to PDC. The original poster asked for general dinner suggestions which is what I gave.

        A truly good restaurant shouldn't get sloppy if you order from the regular menu and only make an effort if you order from the daily special

        I'm going to PDC's cabane a sucre in two weeks do I am giving them another chance.

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          rcianci Mar 10, 2010 03:53 PM

          "A truly good restaurant shouldn't get sloppy if you order from the regular menu and only make an effort if you order from the daily special."

          I do not find that to be the case with PDC, so I guess it must be a truly good restaurant.

          Congrats on the Cabane reso. They are really hard to come by.

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        rcianci Mar 10, 2010 03:12 PM

        I've never had a bad meal at APdC and I like their way with fish actually. As Maximilien says, their daily specials, showcasing seasonal products (even vegetables), are wonderful and probably the best expression of their creativity. I'm dining there next week to see if reports of the restaurant's decline are true. And I'll let you know if they've started serving lychees. ;-)

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        Au Pied de Cochon
        536 Av Duluth E, Montreal, QC H2L1A9, CA

      3. Delucacheesemonger Mar 10, 2010 05:13 AM

        My experience was last August. Had flown up from NYC for a long weekend. Went Friday night, loved so much went back Saturday and canceled a res at Toque! Food great, party atmosphere even better. The people have passion.

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          sakhaneft Mar 10, 2010 04:25 AM

          Went in December and was really disapointed. I guess I got super excited with all the hype. Prices are reasonable but the food is really average.
          Try Cocagne...its 10X better and even a bit cheaper.

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            Maximilien Mar 10, 2010 04:32 AM

            both restaurants are completely different. (compare apples to oranges).

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              mak2k Mar 10, 2010 05:41 AM

              agreed.. APDC is rebooted typical quebec meals, cocagne is french.

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            vanierstudent Mar 2, 2010 07:08 PM

            It's probably the best restaurant I went to outside of Asia. Granted, I didn't travel that much, but the good is seriously good. Give it a try=)

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              ios94 Mar 2, 2010 06:50 PM

              Yes, it is worth it but even if you want to make it you'll be hard pressed to get a reservation 4 days in advance, especially for a weekend night.

              The food is great especially if you enjoy rich food, I don't find it too too pricey actually for what you get. (search for their website, they have their menu up)

              I don't know anything about the Black Hoof, I just did a search and can't find their webiste only some mixed reviews. Black Hoof seems to specialize in cured meats, that's not the case for PDC.

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                atomeyes Mar 3, 2010 06:20 AM

                the Hoof is known for their charceuterie but they pretty much run the gamut of food (except veggies...they don't do much of anything with veggies). beef heart tartare, suckling pig _______________ (fill in the blanks), terrine, testina, etc etc.

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