Went to Pied de Cochon on the weekend with five friends, to check out their new summer seafood menu. Wow.
We started with the foie gras poutine and a new menu item: monkfish liver. There were some poutine skeptics in our group, but I've never seen a dish so rich disappear so fast. It was so good, we got another order for "dessert" later. And the monkfish liver? What a discovery! An internet search reveals that it's common in Japanese cuisine, but none of us had heard of it before. It's creamy, rich, with a delicate texture almost like foie gras, but with more bite. Picard serves it with chunks of bacon (of course). I'd go back just for that.
We continued with a plate of ultra-fresh oysters -- so good, none of us touched the condiments provided -- and moved on to a double-decker seafood platter. This is the latest thing at PDC: huge platters of shellfish, oysters, clams, sea urchins, etc. Given everything else we'd had, our double-decker (plateau des plateaux - $140) was enough for us, but just barely. I would say it's normally more appropriate for four. I saw one table of four having a triple-decker, though (le grand bleu - $260), so I guess appetites vary. Everything on the platter was spectacular. The clams, scallops, oysters, etc. all tasted like the sea. Some were garnished with little melon balls, others with aspic, others with a bit of caviar, and still others were pretty much naked. All were heavenly. The piece de résistance was the softshell crab tempura. I only wish there had been two to share among six.
Finally, dessert. I can only speak about the two that I tried. The pudding chomeur was my only disappointment of the night -- way too sweet, enough to make one pre-diabetic. The chocolate pot de crème is what I will order next time: bittersweet, smooth and ultra-rich.
I can't wait to go again.