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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Au Pied de Cochon

This popular destination is for gluttons where you get your stomach loaded with fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The menu consists of the heartiest, richest and finest of Quebec food - basically loads of foie gras, ducks and pigs. Make sure to order the bare minimum. With all these sinfully delicious dishes, it is tempting to order more than we can eat. 

We started with the marinated herring - firm texture and fresh fish taste, served with pickled onions and sour cream which helps cut down the saltiness of the dish. This is followed by two hearty dishes. The "Duck in a Can" in which the can is opened in front of you, and, literally, a duck breast and foie gras  plop out of the can onto a platter of cauliflower purée and a piece of toast. The duck was firm not tender, it requires eating like a steak. The duck skin was very chewy, not able to swallow. The blood sausage tart has a nice flaky crust topped with flavourful and well-spiced blood sausage. By then, our stomach was SO full, still... we have room for desserts. The dessert menu consists of classics that mothers would make. With the last ounces of space in our stomach, we ordered the chocolate pots-de-crème - dense chocolate mousse with graham crumble, a nice combination. It was so good that we lick clean the whole jar.

If you're adventurous, this place is a must visit.
Marinated Herring
Duck in a Can
Blood Sausage and Foie Gras Tart
Chocolate Pots-de-Crème
Au Pied de Cochon
536 ave. Duluth E.
Montreal, QC
H2L 1A9
514-281-1114
http://www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca/
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