Le Petit Cochon is a charming neighborhood restaurant in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. It serves up creative and sometimes slightly irreverent food in a cozy and relaxed setting. Pork is present in many of the restaurant’s dishes, including its signature “Phat Ass” Pork Chop, but there are plenty of other options as well.
Chef Derek Ronspies cares not only about the flavor of the food he serves, but also its history and meaning; he believes in honoring the creatures that sustain us by cooking them up as deliciously as possible without any wasted parts. This philosophy is apparent in dishes such as “Crispy Lamb Head Terrine” and “Crispy Duck Feet”, but there are less adventurous choices as well which are just as delicious.
To start, my party was offered an amuse bouche, always a nice touch while waiting for a first course to be served.
On the evening I dined, I was informed that the restaurant was out of Corn Bellies (pork belly in the form of corn dogs). This is perhaps fortunate for my cholesterol levels. Instead I ordered the Charcuterie Plate, which was bountiful, beautiful and delicious. It was mostly cured meats, plus a pâté or two, and an assortment of accompaniments. The only piece I didn’t love was the lamb prosciutto — it was a tad too gamy for me — but the rest was sophisticated and flavorful.
At this point I’d had enough pork and didn’t think I had enough appetite for the 18oz pork chop, the restaurant’s signature dish, so I opted instead for the Neah Bay Pan Roasted Halibut. It came with a breaded fried green tomato slice, poblano butter, shrimp reduction, and onion jam, which all worked together incredibly well.
For dessert I had the blueberry shortcake, which was tasty but not remarkable.
The service was friendly and casual, the space was inviting, and the food was fun and satisfying; I’ll definitely be back again.