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if not Au Pied de Cochon, what? or is it a must? (for a tourist)

I have another thread asking for general suggestions for lunch etc, but i wanted to ask especifically this question: I have made a reservation at APDC for a date night whileour visit to Montreal, but I am having secondthoughts- seems too heave and maybe not too delicious. I know nothing really compares to it, but if pressed, what would you recommend that might be a better option and still give you a sense of what Montreal food is about? I don'ty need super traditional, but rather a sense of what people are eating now. I went to Black Hoof inToronto and loved it. So maybe Le Comptoir Vin et Charcuterie? Or would something like Le Local give us a better sense? I always want to find innovative, fun cuisine.
or if you think we must must go, please tell me why!

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  1. The Comptoir is the "in" place right now in Montreal.

    You can try get a reservation at the new "Le Filet" restaurant on Mont-Royal st. (see info and menu http://www.motto.ca/eflyers/lefilet/0... )

    1. Just to add, there's really nothing in Montreal that compares to APdC ...it's an experience in itself.

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        1. re: adamandeve

          Well, it's an overindulgence of comfort food (with foie gras in all shape and form!!) with some good produces, good solid cooking; awesome wine list (albeit expensive)

          If you can sit at the bar facing the kitchen, it's very fun, and you can see what people are ordering, and can get insights on what is good by directly talking to the chefs.

          I go more or less once a year, and always order from the day's special and the last time I went, I only ordered fish ans seafood! (go figure!)

          M.

          1. re: adamandeve

            I think it's delicious - it can be heavy, but it depends on what you order - they have smaller portions of their foie gras poutine and of their tartare, either of which work as a full meal for me. You can also share a meal, and have separate appetizers and desserts. There really is no other restaurant like it - and while it has its detractors, it has far more fans IMHO. Go - you won't be disappointed. Le Comptoir is okay, but not in the same league.

        2. Is APDC delicious, definitly, but you need to like that kind of cooking, and be in the mood for it.

          Last time i went, i had the Pied de cochon au foie gras, a whole pig foot, stuffed with foie gras, served on top of mashed potatoes and covered with sauce! definitly not for the faint of heart, and like nothing else i've ever had before, but oh so tasty! Would i have it again, most probably not, not because i didn't liked it, but because having that dish one is enough.

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          1. re: westaust

            As a lover of all things Montreal,and an out of towner(Toronto) i think APDC shouldn't be missed if you've never been. I've dined there 3 times.The first time was amazing,It was about 3 or 4 years ago I think.I sat at the bar(in Anthony Bourdain's elk horn chair) and watched the kitchen do their magic.The second time was good and the third time was a disappointment,both the food and service.3 times is enough for me.There are so many great restos in Montreal to choose from,my fave is Club Chasse e Peche.If you do go,sit at the bar,order at least a couple daily specials and enjoy the show..

          2. Go, if just for the pudding chomeur, l loved it, two nights in a row late last summer. Everyday, no, but at least once. Had a fabulous time. Picard showed me around, introduced me, treated me like family, that was why we went the second night in a row and cancelled Toque.

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            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              Second best resto desert I have ever eaten.

            2. some organic farmers i met who supply restos really like the st. urbain, corner st. urbain and fleury.