Reservations are highly recommended and hungry stomachs are required. Prepare for an no-meat day the next day (or least that was how I felt).
We began with Chicken Nuggets with Foie Gras ($13). We originally wanted Cheung Fun (rice roll) with foie gras, which we thought was interesting but they were sold out. Our thinking was that these chicken nuggets would be small, but they were not! Ground chicken with foie gras in the centre and maple syrup on the side. They were really good and when compared to McDonald’s chicken nugget (which we had on the train ride home), these ones are 1000x better and 1000x better value.
We love beef tartare so when we thought the chicken nuggets won’t be much, we ordered the tartare ($25). It is not on the menu and was one of the specials during our visit. It may not be available or a different price during your visit. It was a lot on the plate and perhaps skippable at best; it had capers which gave it some texture but overall, we had better beef tartare elsewhere and it didn’t look appetizing. It also came with a side of duck fat frites.
The pièce de résistance: Duck in a Can (canard en conserve in French, $44). This is probably the most well-known dish at Au Pied de Cochon. Half a duck breast, a lobe of foie gras, thyme, garlic, cabbage, carrots and balsamic demi-glaze all cooked in a can. A server brings out a plate of toast and squash puree, then opens the can and dumps (literally) the entire content on top of the toast and puree. It is an oily mess, but the duck breast was tender and the cabbage (likely the only vegetable you’ll eat during this dining experience), is so flavourful being drenched in all the sauce and duck fat, it’s no longer healthy.
Watch the serving of Duck in a Can here.
It is definitely an experience. For the two of us, it was more than enough of food. If you are going to get the Duck in a Can, get an appetizer as well and you should be well-fed.
Au Pied de Cochon
536 Avenue Duluth E