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AU PIED DE COCHON, Montreal, Quebec
Chef/owner: Martin Picard
Website: aupieddecochon.ca. Cuisine: Quebecois
Telephone: 514-281-1114. Twitter: None.
2015 Rank: 12; 2014 Rank: none; 2013 Rank: no rank; 2012 Rank: 38.
Price Range: $20-$50
You Must Order: Foie Gras Hamburger ($38).
Need to Know … from Kasey Wilson, host of radio’s “Best of Food and Wine Show”: “Martin Picard might just perhaps be Canada’s most influential and controversial chef. But his bustling restaurant is all contemporary charm as befitting the hearty and decidedly fearless Quebecois menu.”
Sloan keyboardist Gregory Macdonald says: “Still probably my favourite restaurant in the Canada. Fun, loud, unpretentious but still mindblowingly delicious comfort food that somehow manages to feel innovative and new. Plus, I've seen Martin Picard drinking whiskey at the bar of his own restaurant more than once, and on one occasion he actually jammed the bottle down my throat and sent me back to my table with it.”
Fine-dining aficionado Howard Levitt says: “No restaurant so deliciously creates indigenous Quebecois cuisine as Martin Picard’s Au Pied de Cochon. The food offerings are ever-changing (although always replete with fois gras and boudin noir) and uniformly heavy, cholesterol-filled and delicious.”
Food journalist Amy Sherman says: “Typifies the richness, humour and joie de vivire of Quebec with over-the-top duck and foie gras dishes.”