Summer Road Trip Day 5: Au Pied De Cochon (Montreal, Quebec)

Bill and I headed out early in the morning to Old Montreal again to check out some of the stores there and to also have brunch. We went to the Maison Christian Faure for some French pastries and dessert 🙂

We both chose the Royal Breakfast, which includes acoffee or tea, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a choice of danish/bread. Bill and I both picked the brioche and we also ordered a Mille Feuille and Custard Tart. They were quite short staffed, so the service was slow, but the pastry and desserts were quite good.


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At this point of the trip, Bill and I were both quite afraid of the amount of food that we had consumed, but we were not done yet. I had heard some good things about this restaurant called Au Pied de Cochon so I thought it would be a good idea to see what all the hype is about. It appears Anthony Bourdain had featured this restaurant in one of his TV shows and mentioned it was one of his favorite restaurants in the world. Since this was my suggestion, I was ill prepared and did not make any reservations or research beforehand. We arrived a couple minutes before they opened and they were able to fit us in with a 2 hour time limit. The time limit was not a problem for us since we can typically finish a full course meal in about an hour.


I had no idea what I wanted to order here. We took a look at the menu and there was a section dedicated to foie gras. The special that day was shark or rabbit. I wasn’t interested in either of those so we just went for the Foie Gras Poutine, Potee du PDC and the Shepard’s Pie (Special item that day).


As expected, everything was super rich and fatty.


(Pictured: Foie Gras Poutine, Potee du PDC, Shepard’s Pie)

The Poutine was pretty good and unique. The other two dishes were just ok for both Bill and I. The Potee du PDC is basically a pot of various sausages and a great big slab of very tender pork belly. Everything was just drenched in duck fat and garnished with Foie Gras, it was just too much grease for us to handle.

I understand why a lot of people would like the food here, and it wasn’t bad… it’s just one of those restaurants that you would go once to see what all the hype is about and probably never dare try again. Honestly, I would have been happy with just the Foie Gras Poutine. I’m still at that point in my life where I feel I could eat whatever I want and not think about the health consequences, but this restaurant really prompted me to start thinking about Bill and my health and made both of us realize that we should really tone it down a little.

Thanks for reading!