This past weekend, Cochon Volant invited me to experience acclaimed James Beard winning chef Roland Liccioni of Les Nomades and acclaimed chef Matt Ayala of Gilt Bar, Schwa & Moto’s new brunch menu.
Cochon Volant, (which translates to “flying pig” according to Google) features “French” cuisine. This hot spot located on Loop and Monroe and Clark streets offer all-day menu highlighting French specialties such as croissants and a combination menu that features French classics steak frites, escargot, mussels, roasted chicken, and even a seafood bar with fresh oysters. The inside of Cochon Volant is simply mind-blowing with it’s understated yet modern look. They paid very close attention to every detail, including the clean lines, warm tones to the mini statues of flying pigs placed and spread out in the restaurant.
Here were a few of my favorites from their new brunch menu:
This dish made from prime dry-aged beef, American cheese topped with a 1/4″ thick piece of homemade lean bacon was sheer perfection. The combination of perfectly melted and creamy cheese was easily my favorite dish on the brunch menu and even better than Chicago’s Au Cheval. The fries that come with were equally as crispy, salty and delicious.
This breakfast bowl is an instant keeper with toasted oats, local honey and topped with almond milk. If you’re trying to go raw-er and you want a breakfast option that’s denser than a smoothie or a chia pudding, it’s a perfect option. The meal is also packed with raw foodie staples like goji berries, mulberries, and chia seeds, which provide antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids galore.
Order their avocado toast…. I promise, you won’t regret this. It melted in my mouth and the sear on the toast was absolute perfection. The sauce, crispy potatoes and overall flavor of the dish was fantastic.
All in all, I could go on and on about my love of this place, but you should probably just do yourself a favor and go try the food for yourself! You can thank me later.