Since I'm always telling people on the board that it's cool to take kids to Au Pied de Cochon, we thought we'd try it as we were out celebrating with our youngest son. Wwe were too busy to reserve very far in advance so we got an 8pm sitting at the bar/kitchen.
Since my son wants to be a chef when he grows up the noise and chaos of the kitchen were very interesting to him. We saw lots of other families dining nearby, usually with slightly older children. He had marinated saucissettes (didn't like them as much as I did but they are very inexpensive so it was no great risk), then a side order poutine (sans foie gras) and a ginger ale so he was a cheap date. He also shared our starters of zucchini flower tempura and tomato and parmesan salad. Both were very nice although the tomato salad at $9 was expensive for such a simple dish one can make at home.
The adults indulged in foie gras dishes not usually mentioned on these boards. I had the foie gras with fruits, which means a big chunk of perfectly seared foie gras with a coulis and raspberries, some braised caramelized onions, some puree of potato and cream, delicious. I give it high marks. Plateaupapa had a foie gras special with corn, so also foie gras poelé but this time on a bed of polenta and with creamed corn (in foie gras drippings, I think) next to it. All very seasonal and delicious but he kept scooping up my coulis so I think perhaps the fruit order is better. All in all, a very festive time.
The side order poutine was a large portion and heartily appreciated by my son, but he did find the service slow (he does not want to be a waiter when he grows up) as it was pretty busy and so we left quite late, no time for dessert.
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