Appetizers : 6 to 50$
Au Pied de Cochon is one of the best restaurants in Montreal and quintessential at that.
The history of Au Pied de Cochon is part of its charm. The chef and owner Martin Picard was working in high gastronomy establishments when he threw in the towel at one point out of displeasure for this environment. He wanted to open a restaurant which, when it opened on Duluth St in 2001 was described as “a new kind of brasserie where simply the best products are served” . Au Pied de Cochon is the first restaurant to go against all gastronomic trends that sought finesse, health and lightness. It reflects its owner: extreme, intense, generous and enjoyable. Since 2001, his name is renowned internationally
Enjoyable because the restaurant is in an unassuming décor, with one of the first open kitchens in Montreal. At that time, this was a gesture partly to indicate their separation from high gastronomy and to highlight the restaurant’s authenticity and straightforwardness. Au Pied de Cochon is always very fun, festive and excessive.
“The restaurant industry remains one of the last bastions of work still done by humans. Au Pied de Cochon is a bastion of this”, as is written in their first book. Au Pied de Cochon is a tough, but tightly woven ‘school’. The team is strong and invaluable. A number of individuals have already come through: Martin Picard, Hugue Dufour, Gaelle Cerf, Philippe Poitras, Marc Beaudin and others. Martin Picard is still the owner but has added under his wing young, dynamic workers. They are taking over the reins of the establishment with their brilliance. In addition to a festive atmosphere and qualified staff, Au Pied de Cochon also offers an unforgettable menu, which makes it a must.
The menu is ample and the cuisine is simple and exquisite, albeit very rich and heavy. It is truly extraordinary. The size of the servings are often beyond one’s understanding but this excess often brings with it an unforgettable evening, either because of the enjoyment or because of your protesting liver (!). Joking aside, Au Pied de Cochon’s menu is known worldwide : everyone wants to come to Montreal and eat these French fries, this cheese, this gravy with foie gras.
If you have a hearty stomach and a strong liver, Au Pied de Cochon is definitely a restaurant to bring your visitors. On the menu of this Montreal institution, there are a few appetizers, some fish and some meats, with these meat dishes being linked through their style of cuisine to the animal in a special way. Obviously pork – from head to toe. And quantities of foie gras everywhere – what a delight. An absolute must to order is the foie gras Poutine and the tarte au foie gras cru au sel. Many traditional dishes are served, such as onion soup, “duck in a can”, lamb shanks, ragoût of meatballs and others. The menu offers dishes that respect the food, and make the best of them: authentic dishes with real flavours of Quebec’s terroir. For the holiday season, they add a few small Christmas dishes.
We strongly recommend you visit soon. The kitchen is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm to midnight. Next Tuesday at midnight, reservations are opening for Au Pied de Cochon’s sugar shack. In early fall, the shack is transformed into an apple sugar shack. Au Pied de Cochon also has two books out and, during the summer, a foodtruck .
Many gourmet customers leave this restaurant very satisfied. Thank you ‘Pied’ for all these memorable evenings.
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