Saturday, August 06, 2016 / Chicago, IL, USA

Cochon Volant • Chicago

On weekends at home, we brunch. When in Chicago, nothing really changes - we still go for brunch. This time, we made our way over to Cochon Volant, a french bakery, brasserie, and bar in the Hyatt Centric Hotel located on the Loop.

When you walk in, there is a beautiful bar area accompanied with bar tables that greet you (as you can see in my photos below). On your right side, you have the dining area, and on the left, there is a bakery section. The bakery is led by pastry chef George Kovach and all items are made fresh. Customers can either grab-and-go if they want, or sit down and enjoy a cinnamon bun and a coffee if they pleased.

With that said, we weren't here to just grab-and-go some food - we were here to feast. Headed by executive chef Matt Ayala (of Gilt Bar, Schwa, & Moto), we were in for the brunch of the weekend. With a weekend brunch menu full of delicious dishes, I don't think anyone can go wrong with ordering anything off this menu.

We started off with two items from the bakery section - a ham & cheese scone and a sweet cinnamon bun - paired with 2 cocktails. Cochon Volant makes a variety of interesting cocktails, including their feature favourite, "The Daily Shave". We got to try their Daily Shave, which was a Vietnamese coffee cocktail made with rum. Such a refreshing way to start the day!

In my opinion, it's not brunch if someone doesn't order eggs benny! So we tried Cochon Volant's Super Green Benedict - on a housemade english muffin, you'll find a generous amount of avocado, crispy artichokes, and spinach topped with a poached egg and hollandaise. I'd say I got my greens in for the day with this dish, what do you think?

From the Les Specials section, we got to feast on the Duck Confit-Bacon-Cheddar Omelette - pieces of bacon and pulled duck thigh mixed into a fluffy omelette topped with melted cheddar cheese served in a little skillet. To end off this brunch, we had the Monsier Foster waffle - a freshly made waffle topped with bananas and candied walnuts with a generous drizzle of french caramel sauce. What a sweet ending!

The eggs benny was delicious! I loved how there was so much avocado in each bite that I took. I'm not a huge fan of artichokes, but it actually added sweetness to this dish. The duck confit omelette was also another favourite. This little skillet wasn't little at all. It was packed full of duck meat and eggs - so good! I also loved the potatoes that were a side for these two dishes. So sad that by the end of these two dishes, S and I were both so stuffed that we felt like we were about to explode. We were only able to have a couple bites of the waffle, but what a feast! For more photos of what we ate, keep on scrolling!

Cochon Volant is open on the weekdays for breakfast (6:30 - 10:15), lunch (11 - 3), and dinner (5 - 11). There is also a special bar menu from 3 to 10pm every day. Since we were here on the weekend, we got to try their weekend brunch menu that is offered from 8 - 3pm.

Cochon Volant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

To check out where else I went in Chicago, click here.

*This meal was complimentary, however, please note that all my opinions made are my own.*
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