I always knew that JW has a secret relationship with french food. Few days before our trip, I showed him the menu of this popular french restaurant in Montreal and he was very excited about it. He knew what he was going to order before we even started our trip.
After being in Montreal for a few days, we learned that reservationis a must for good restaurants. Therefore, we called at 5:00pm on the day of and were lucky enough to get a seat at 8:30pm.
We started off with Foie Gras Cromesquis. We were told to wait for at least 2 -3 mins before eating them IN ONE BITE after they arrived our table. After popping them into our mouths, we totally understood why we were given such instruction. When bit into the cromesquis, the hot liquid inside squirted into our mouths and released a strong taste of foie gras. Even after the cromesquis had entered our stomach, the taste of foie gras still lingered in our mouths. It was simply heavenly and amazing how one little cromesquis could make such an impact. We were super excited of what were yet to come.
Another dish that JW knew he would order was Foie Gras Poutine (Yes, he loves foie gras and yes he would have ordered everything on the menu under the heading foie gras if he could). There was a generous amount of foie gras that came with the poutine. The fries was not too crispy/hard and went harmoniously with the duck-based gravy. The gravy was so delicious that I used it as a dip for half a loaf of the bread. Yet, I found the portion of the poutine to be rather small. But given the gigantic plates of main course all other tables were enjoying, we gave up on ordering more fries.
The dish that JW looked forward to the most was PDC’s signature duck in a can. As described by its name, the duck came in a can and had been boiled and heated in the water for 20 mins. Our server opened the can right in front of us and poured a mountain of duck and foie gras on top of a piece of bread. It was quite a view and experience. Needless to say, it was DELICIOUS. The duck and foie gras absorbed all the flavours of the Balsamic Demi Glaze sauce and spices. The duck remained its tenderness and natural taste while the foie gras instantly melted in our mouths. Together, the duck and foie gras made an impressive impact that we would never forget. It is important to note that the cabbage was equally impressive. It absorbed all the flavours of the sauce, spices, the duck and foie gras. I ate the other half loaf of the bread just with the cabbage. Although the portion was not that big, it was quite filling, and certainly, magnificent.
The back of the can where all the ingredients are written in french. Here is an English version of it.
- 1/2 duck breast
- 100g of foie gras
- 60mL of balsamic demi-glaze
- 180mL of buttered cabbage.
- 1/2 head of roasted garlic
- 2 beanches of Thyme
A meal is not completed without a dessert. At least for me. Therefore, we went for a lighter dessert to balance off all the heavy food we ate. The Poached Pear with Vanilla Ice Cream was one of a kind. The pear sauce was certainly not sour and not too sweet and worked perfectly with the ice cream. I think it was a good dessert to finish off this wonderful meal.
Au Pied de Cochon is definitely one of the best french restaurants in Montreal. Given its price, I think you get more that what you paid for. If you have a secret relationship with french food (esp. Duck and Foie Gras) like JW, you must visit PDC. I am sure that he will go back again one day when we visit Montreal once again. I suggest that one should go with a larger group of friends in order to get a taste of all of PDC’s main dishes since they are large in portion.