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Posted by JJ on 10/31/2009
Cochon is fantastic. Oddly, I had the best Creme Brulee I've ever had several weeks back. Besides the dessert, the rich sauces and hearty classics are perfect. Having been to Bibou twice recently, I still think Cochon is the best french byo in the city.
Posted by wordbond on 03/15/2009
Six of us ate dinner on Sat nite 3/14/9. The service was good and the server [kate?] was helpful with accurate information. 5 had the spinach salad,I had the mussels. All were very good. 3 entre size potions of scallops,a lamb rack, mussels and a pork loin were all very good also. We had all 3 desserts[shortbread,bread pudding and creme brulee] allwere very good also. Prices were reasonable. I will return shortly for round 2!!
Posted by pcos on 02/24/2009
After reading all the hype on this BYOB, we we couldn't have left less enthused. The salad was the highlight of the meal, and still not at all original. The mussels were OK, good quality but laking in flavor and taste. But perhaps the most disappointing was the the Short Ribs. I have never been served short ribs that were not braised and tender. I had to nibble around the tough fat to get to the tasteless meat. It was served sliced, like steak The wait staff seemed to barely notice your presence, even when sitting directly across form their station. The waitress couldn't answer simple menu questions.
Posted by Eater 1 on 09/25/2008
With all reviews digested (haha), we took our first trip to Cochon. I am happy to report the pork shoulder was available (the previous complaint seemed a bit overdone, if you will. Get over it, sometimes food runs out. Obviously the table next to you called ahead, as you were advised.) The chicken livers were crsipy and special, the scallops fresh, tender and succulent, and the steak frites abundant and juicy. My favorite part about the pork shoulder was the juicy flavor. pork can be dry and flavorless, but this was like you would make if you had the kitchen to pull it off. The service was friendly, knowlegable, but a bit rushed. Probably because it was busynot a complaint, just a comment. Overall i will be back. It took usa while to get there, but the return will be soon. Delicious. A bit loud, but fun loud, not dinny. It didn't detract too much.
Posted by raven on 09/03/2008
Pork is king here. Nice bistro menu with good desserts. Husband wife owners very gracious. Deserves a visit. BYOB.
Posted by Gaetano on 04/03/2008
A trusted source was quick to give a call praising Cochon. He mentioned the scallop dish and the chicken livers and said overall the cooking was very good. We had a chance to test out the recommendation this week. I made a reservation for 8pm no problem and after popping over to the PLCB for a Chairman's Chateauneuf we met up at Southwark for cocktails. The drinks there were perfect the bar service was too prickly for my taste. At Cochon there were only a few tables seated. We got down to biz right away. The menu is just 15 dishes divided into First and Second Courses.There were 3 additional dishes that our server described. Usually we like to try quite a few dishes. We sampled fried oysters, seared scallops, pork belly, spinach salad, chicken livers, sweetbreads and escargot as 'First Courses'. 'Second Courses' were steak frites and pork shoulder. Our guest d the fried oysters the "best ever" . I enjoyed the crispy chicken livers with balsamic as if they were foie, stunningly delicious. The seared scallop with frisee, fingerlings and lemon thyme sparkled with freshness and spring flavor. Steak frites with aioli and truffled compund butter was fine and the pork shoulder was tasty but salty. We had a good time at Cochon. The dishes were all tasty. The service was attentive and friendly. The menu pricing is a value considering the quality of the cuisine and the BYOB status. This menu would have seemed more felicitous in January. In April it's more exciting to see the Spring season reflected in the dishes. I found the dining room a bit austere. The lighting is not what I'd call enchanting and the air circulation could use a swirl. Lastly the dinner rolls were crisp and light but French? I was suspicious. CASH ONLY. http://phillymarketcafe.blogspot.com/
Posted by AJ on 03/18/2008
My fiance and I came here for dinner. Based on previous reviews, I was going with the pork shoulder all the way. I made 8:30 reservations so that nothing would sell out, which can happen, especially with dish that takes many hours to cook like pork shoulder. For an appetizer, we got the scallops and the haricot verts. Both were phenomenal. For an entree, I got the pork shoulder and she had the duck. Both were exceptional. We ate literally every morsel on our plates. The portions were on the generous side considering the quality of the food. As for the service, I found it to be quite good. We were seated immediately at a nice table by the window, our wine was opened and poured promptly. Our water glasses were filled often and several people came to talk to us about our experience. The atmosphere was fun and unpretentious. I will definitely go back. It is one of the finest meals I've had in a very long time and my best experience at a Philly BYOB so far.