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Sep 25, 2011 04:56 PM

Authentic Pigs Knuckels

Had a hankering for some pigs knuckels on a recent visit to Montreal. Brasserie Capri did not disapoint, just like Friday lunch of forty years ago. Plain, simple and enormous, boiled potatoes, sour kraut and hot mustard. Well worth the trip from Halifax. Word of caution, do not show the photo to your doctor, or even your wife.

Brasserie Capri
2172 Rue Saint-Patrick, Montreal, QC H3K1B1, CA

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  1. Ya gotta love the pig knuckles!
    I mentioned the Capri here
    and said "...not a food destination on its own, more of a working neighborhood beer joint, but they do Quebecois style pork hock very well..."
    I guess it does make for a dedicated destination if you're in the know (and from Halifax to boot)!

    I was speaking to a coworker about pig knuckles a few weeks ago and told him about the Capri. This guy worked in Longueuil a few years back and got dreamy eyed talking about the knuckles at a brasserie over there, but couldn't remember the name or exact location.
    Off we went on a Friday afternoon mission.
    We hit two duds before a waitress kindly pointed the way to

    Brasserie Du Sud
    1277, boul D├ęsaulniers, Longueuil, QC J4K 1L1, Canada

    You can google map the place if you want. Their knuckle was similar to Capri and perhaps just a smidglng better. If you put Capri at 92 out of 100, Brasserie Du Sud might be a 94. Not enough of a difference to make a special trip, but if you're in the neighbourhood...

    13 Replies
    1. re: porker

      OHHH i just came back from Prague and Berlin. I had amazing pork knuckles in both cities....Is the skin crispy? I can't tell in the picture!

      1. re: Cerise828

        Sounds like you had schweinshaxe; that was one of the better meals I had in Berlin.

        1. re: Cerise828

          Montreal style hocks are not crispy. They're cured to give them tang and saltiness then boiled to make them tender.
          I have yet to try a proper schweinshaxe. I don't remember where someone pointed to a link for "David's Schweinshaxe", but when I saw that crispy critter, I fell in love. I copied the recipe but have yet to try it.
          When I search for it today, this Korean link comes up

          Same recipe with both English and Korean instructions

        2. re: porker

          How much approx. for the pig knuckles at either Brasserie Capri or Brasserie du Sud? Just finished watching the Anthony Bourdain The Layover 'Montreal' episode, where he goes to Capri for it. I remember it was inexpensive trying it at a brasserie number of years ago.

          1. re: BLM

            According to another food review site, the pigs' knuckles are "about $10.50 as of Sept. 2011."

            1. re: BLM

              Yeah, its around $10, maybe as much as $12, but I don't remember exactly.
              I have yet to see the Layover episode, but am following the CH thread on it. Read about Tony eating pig knuckles in the sud ouest and I wondered where it was. kpzoo listed all the joints in the episode and sure enough, Capri was there. I felt smug as I had recommended this place as above "...not a food destination on its own, more of a working neighborhood beer joint, but they do Quebecois style pork hock very well..."
              then to hear about someone bringing Bourdain there...
              I wonder if the episode boosted Capri's sales?

              1. re: porker

                Is Capri the resto featured in A. Bourdain's Layover episode?

                1. re: iheartspicyfood

                  > Is Capri the resto featured in A. Bourdain's Layover episode?


                  1. re: porker

                    Bourdain had went to Capri for pig knuckles on the recommendation of the Joe Beef chef guys(David & Fred). They all went together.

                    1. re: porker

                      Is their a drink requirement if you order food at Capri? When I went to brasserie years ago to eat pig knuckles, there was a drink requirement(they absolutely would not allow me to just order pig knuckles without a drink).

                      1. re: BLM

                        I can't say for sure, since the few times I was there, I washed down the pig knuckles with biere et vin. But I'd venture to guess that its not a requirement.