A wedding drew me up to Burlington, Vermont this past weekend. It was a grand affair. Fortunately, afterward, I had the pleasure of taking a quick trip up to Montreal on Sunday/Monday. I was mostly curious about the city’s culture, vibe and food; thankfully, I think I got a good idea for the place and I like it. The food was perhaps my favorite part.
Sunday night I dined at Au Pied du Cochon, which is a Montreal classic brought to us courtesy of the venerable Martin Picard (who’s Sugar Shack was immortalized by Anthony Bourdain). And although I nearly died from foie gras overdose (sucks if you live in California) the meal was exceptionally delicious. I would recommend everything I ate. Just keep in mind that whatever you order, it will be one of the heaviest and richest meals of your life, as it was mine. The service was also quite strong and the captains and one of the chefs took a few minutes out to chat with me, which I always appreciate. In short, if you are in Montreal, I highly advise a meal at Au Pied du Cochon.
So anyway, as I noted previously, the random notes I take during the meal serve as the review. Enjoy the gluttony.
Aroma. Delicious. Fast. Crowded. Cramped. Open kitchen – abstract ballet of sorts. So much orderly chaos. Senior chefs go around and check on what jrs are doing. Change things as needed. 8 chefs in kitchen.
Appetizer: Bison tongue. Tender. Soft. Spicy mustard – cuts the richness. Carrots. Pickles. Guessing the brown sauce was butter based.
Ate too much bread, go easy on the bread.
Just saw the lobster roll, holy shit.
that was a good start to explore the Montreal cuisine.
You should come here more often if you enjoy restaurants. I would say that, maybe apart from NY, this is THE city to dine in north america.
But here, you actually are able to afford it, well, if you do not count the flight. 😉
Erik from Montreal
Au Pied de Cochon (http://www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca/) not “Cuchon”