Au Pied de Cochon, Montréal: Poutine, Bites of Sin, and More…

When I first asked friends where to eat in Montreal, I was told, ordered in fact, to go to Au Pied de Cochon and report back with every drool-worthy detail. The space is abuzz with beautiful people, but, unlike in certain hot spots in Manhattan or L.A., the only ogling was of other people’s plates–foie gras hamburgers, foie gras with boudin, large portions of braised lamb shanks, and, of course, lots of pig.

I had received a tweet from 2 friends, one from Shaun, a health food editor saying, “order the ‘bite of sin’,” the other from my friend, Dorie: “eat a cromesquis for me…”

So, I started with a coupe de Champagne and these beautiful foie gras explosions. The former food editor in me wanted to cut one open for this photo, but the waiter gently yet firmly commanded: “First you must wait 1 or 2 minutes, zen you put zee whole thing in the zee mouth and close your lips or you spray on zee neighbor.” I did not want to spray hot melted foie gras on zee neighbor, so I took the whole bite. I hadn’t eaten anything like this since my first cromesquis years ago at Marc Meneau’s restaurant in Burgundy. I was in my twenties and still remember the good bites. Here, at au pied, I knew that this was a taste memory in the making. Rich, explosive, and heartbreakingly fleeting…

cromesquis de foie gras, Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal

cromesquis de foie gras, Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal

Poutine. Just the sound of it–Poo-Teen–seems a little naughty. At Au Pied de Cochon, Denis, the lovely man taking our order suggested he make us a half portion (so we could also taste the special of bacon-studded mashed potato pancake topped with sauteed first-of-the-season fiddlehead ferns–violin heads in French–and a soft oozing egg. For those of you poutine virgins (which I was before last night), it’s basically French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and some type of meat gravy. At Au Pied, it’s French fries with fresh seared foie gras, foie gras gravy, and fresh cheddar cheese curds, a bit of salt and parsley. Who needs chili cheese fries when you can have this?

In fact, I would go to sports bars if they served snacks like cromesquis and foie gras poutine…I would even consider tailgating if I could have a foie gras burger.

poutine au foie gras

poutine au foie gras

And just in case, a little perfect slice of terrine of foie gras…

Terrine de foie gras

Terrine de foie gras

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  1. May 13, 2009 11:23 am by Pierino Reply

    Kim, you are killing me with foie gras pictures.

    Be sure to send some snaps to Charlie Trotter and his Chicago alderman.

    As Paula Wolfert said, “I’d rather be a force fed duck than a Zacky chicken.”

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