Always on the search for delicious new restaurants, the Black Knight and I, had reservations at Le Petit Cochon in Fremont for Friday night dinner. Even at 7:45 we had to wait about 30 minutes before we were seated in the bar, but given that they had literally opened a week ago I expect those wait times will decrease. The Black Knight says that if there’s a pris fixe menu, then we should order it because it will showcase the best of the restaurant. Who am I to argue with that reasoning? It was also the first night they were serving the pris fixe menus ($65), so there was some confusion around the wine pairing ($25) and timing of the dishes.
Scallop Ceviche – spicy and sophisticated
Pig Face Fritter – a square meatball that had been fried resting in a sumptuous leek soup with mushrooms; the cream of the leek soup made the dish elegant with the contrasting textures; I’m not sure why it’s called a pig face fritter – it didn’t look like one to me
PB F’in J – Seared foie gras with pistachio butter on challah toast with apple jam; *drool* – it needs no other explaination
Black cod seared with mushrooms, kale, and tomato jam - tender and flavorful; note, the Black Knight is not a fish person and he LIKED this fish
Apple sorbet with duck cracklins palate cleanser – let’s call this sophisticated apple sauce with duck bacon bits; inventive and so very appropriate for the season
Duckbreast with pickled cabbage and schnitzel – the gourmet take on Oktoberfest; they know how to cook duck
Creme fraiche ice cream with Madeline sponge cake – the drizzle of tarragon syrup elevated this dessert to amazing
Despite the hiccups, it was a delicious and inspired dinner. The dishes were inventive, but not in a way that made you question whether or not the flavors belonged together. Make no mistake, this is some of the best fine dining in Seattle in a unpretentious atmosphere and we will be back and there will be pictures.
Overall: happily ever after
Highlights: foie gras, cod
Footnotes: the restaurant is small and noisy, so make reservations; they specialize in farm to table and snout to tail concepts; the pris fixe portions may leave some people hungry but it was the perfect amount for us