|Bistro Dining Room in Vieux Montreal|
A romantic Russian hideaway complete with an enormous selection of vodkas, blinis, borscht, caviar, and if you’re lucky – a balalaika trio for entertainment. The restaurant is a few blocks from the Museum of Fine Arts.
|Poutine with foie gras at Pied de Cochon|
Au Pied de Cochon, 536 Rue Duluth Est. (Phn) 514 281 1114. www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca Montreal’s official House of Pork. A classic bistro specializing in foie gras, made famous by numerous mentions by Tony Bourdain. Reservations a must. Best seats are at the bar, where you get to watch the kitchen. House specialty is a pigs foot (pied au cochon), roasted and stuffed with foie gras, served with a side of Lipitor I think. Another great dish is a twist on a Quebec classic – poutines – french fries served with cheese curds and brown gravy. Here they add a slab of foie gras (just in case you are trying to get your cholesterol levels up a little higher.)