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By Driusan (Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 09:43:12 AM EST) (all tags)
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Review of Au Pied de Cochon within.

The atmosphere is loud, with a wood decor. The chairs aren't very comfortable, but they're functional. They play folky  Quebecois music. It's not what you'd expect from a place where the wine menu goes up to $7500. It feels like being in a really delicious smelling log cabin in rural Quebec.. so it's not entirely surprising that their Caban a Sucre up in Laval is also award winning.

Since I never diarized about it the first time I went this winter to celebrate A2 getting her LEED certification, I'll include a review of everything I've ever eaten at PDC here.

I'm not sure if it's because I was expecting large portions the second time, if it's because we ordered different things, or if the sizes have changed, but it's worth noting that the portions seem to have gotten smaller since then. (The first time, the couple beside us ordered a foie gras poutine and it looked huge. The second time, we ordered one and it wasn't all that big.)

But now, without further adieu, the food:

Trip 1:

Tartare de boeuf en Cornet (Translation: "Beef tartare in a cone"): If you were at a fancy sushi, and asked them to make a tartare handroll with spicy mayo and use a quail egg on top, you would get this, and it would be good. (Entrée: $12, 2 large handrolls)

Boudin Maison (Translation: "house blood sausage"): Blood sausage, served over a huge serving of delicious, soft, creamy mashed potatoes. It was so much food that after eating it I could barely walk. If you're the type of person who can eat a blood sausage, it's certainly one of the best cost/filling ratios you can get there.  (Plat: $13.50)

Côte de cochon heureux (Translation: "Side of fortunate pig." I believe the english menu calls it a "happy porkchop"): A ginormous piece of porkchop, tender enough that you don't need a knife, in a sauce that I can't remember anything about other than it being delicious when I tried a bite. (Plat: $21)

Crème brûlée: It tasted a lot like what you'd expect a crème brûlée to taste like, while being maybe a little bigger. We shared it, and it was still big enough that by the end of it we were all "ooh, so much sugar. So sweet. nng." (Dessert: $7)

Trip 2:
Poutine au Foie Gras: It looked like this:

 Poutine Au Foie Gras

and was delicious. That's a big piece of fattened liver on top, with some kind of delicious, buttery sauce. Was it the best poutine I've ever had? I don't know, but at the price and surprisingly small size I wouldn't get it again. $23 can buy a lot of curry poutine at the indian place down the street, or other kinds of poutine at La Banquise. (Plat: $23)

Plateau du St Jean: I wanted to split a seafood platter that all the reviews on Yelp are going on about lately, but it being St. Jean Baptiste Day yesterday, the waitress told us that they only had the "Plateau du St. Jean", a platter for 2. I imagine it's identical to the normal seafood platter for 2 that they have at the same price, and the seafood on it is choix du chef, so it can change any day. The one we got looked like this:

Plateau du St Jean

and the flickr link describes what was on it, to the best of my memory.

Being seafood, it's not as filling as say, the boudin with potatoes from my first trip, but there's also enough seafood on the plate that you're still stuffed by the time you finish sharing it.

The snails were delicious (but a lot of work to get out of the shells), as were the mussels stuffed with tomatoes and other spices (without being a lot of work). Everything else was good (I'm not sure if I'd ever had oysters before, or raw scallops, and they were some of the best shrimp I've had. The mayo on the calamari was great.)

On the whole, I'd probably go with one of their regular plates for half the price (even after dividing the price of this one by two) next time, but I love me some seafood, so I couldn't resist. (Plat pour 2: $90)

Poire pochée et glace vanille: A pear, poached in juice, and served with vanilla ice cream (in the same juice). Excellent, a nice light end to the meal. Not as overwhelmingly sugary as the crème brûlée. Would get again. (Dessert: $5.50)

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oooh la la! -nt- by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 10:18:57 AM EST

Hot damn. by technician (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 12:16:10 PM EST
Though I am disappointed for you by the size of the poutine, based solely on the yearbook and recipe book (which makes it look huge).

The seafood platter looks fantastic. Man. I really dig well prepared rustic food.

I can't wait to go there. Which I will, someday.

Poutine is usually pretty huge by Driusan (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 06:51:10 PM EST
And it was tastey. I might just not know the market value of foie gras, and to be fair it was a pretty huge chunk of foie gras on the poutine, but I didn't think it was $23 worth of tastey.

Vive le Montréal libre.
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I saw that on my office calendar by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 06:00:22 PM EST
and thought...I wonder what Driusan's gonna be doing this year

eat poutine, get drunk and beat up the english. by Driusan (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 06:49:07 PM EST
It's the only way to celebrate le St. Jean.

Vive le Montréal libre.
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amen! by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 09:00:39 PM EST
fuck the english!
(I'm part Irish, dontcha know )

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