Ever since my friend DB gave us a copy of the Au Pied de Cochon (PDC) cookbook, my husband and I have been a little obsessed with chef Martin Picard. We watched the DVD that came with the book several times, even playing it for our friends last Thanksgiving. Picard spends a majority of the video eating copious amounts of foie gras and drinking wine — two interests we definitely have in common.
We also watched the “No Reservations” episode where Anthony Bourdain ate so much food at PDC, he started to turn green. Towards the end of the segment, he was taking just one bite from each plate and wearily waving the rest away. The best part is seeing Picard in the kitchen, threatening to send out more and more foie gras. I admit we (foolishly) laughed at Tony’s inability to keep eating, thinking we could do better.
So when we made our own travel plans to Montreal, Au Pied de Cochon was, quite honestly, the only place we had to go. There were no ifs, ands or buts. We would be dining on duck in a can one way or another, come hell or
high water street riots.
Luckily, we were able to make a reservation for the second night we were in town. And since we knew we were about to be killed with food, we made sure to walk a few miles around Montreal’s Plateau area as a warm-up. It didn’t help.
Clearly, we underestimated the extravaganza that is PDC. We didn’t stand a chance against all of this:
Next was the “salad” course:
Our next dish, an evening special, was supposedly “foie for two”:
This was the dish that put us over the edge. The server told us it was 350 grams of foie gras, but when the Le Cruset pot came out and we peered into it, my husband and I shared a look of wonder and fear. Along with the chunks of ham, pineapple and potatoes, there was a whole lobe of roasted foie gras nestled in the pot. It was absolutely ridiculous.
And I will straight-up admit I hit a wall during this dish and tapped out after only eating about six ounces or so of the actual foie. But my husband managed to almost finish it. He really is my hero.
And now on to our entrée:
This dish is one of the PDC specialties, and like everything else served here, it is over the top. The can is opened tableside and the goodies inside ooze out into the bowl. There is a moulard duck breast, seared foie gras, cabbage and carrots, all in a balsamic meat sauce.
Then you are left alone with the daunting task of finding out exactly how much you really can eat.
All I know for sure is that Martin Picard is an evil genius. And I cannot wait until my next visit to his restaurant — it was just too incredible to enjoy only once in a lifetime.