Bouchon's website encourages people to "please enquire about Chester Races" so this is something they are actively encouraging. The website shows "Races Menu", "Races Lunch Menu" and "Races Brunch Menu"
I was part of a large party and generally i felt that overall they coped pretty well with a lot of people arriving and being served at the same time. The restaurant looks and feels good.
The food was pretty well presented too.
Given that the website says that Bouchon was established in 2013 I'm not sure how many Race Meetings they have actually experienced. So here is my feedback.
Firstly guys, anyone popping in Bouchon for a pre-Races lunch doesn't want to be faced with a choice of really strong beers when there is a whole day of boozing ahead and there were quite a few grumbles in our party about this.
And they certainly didn't want to be given the choice of four really expensive strong beers that no-one had heard of!
I've looked again at the website and unless I'm not looking properly there is no mention of beer prices on there.
The Races Lunch Menu has "Goats Cheese Salad" as a starter. Looking on the "normal" menu now I'm back home, they offer a Goats cheese starter with beetroot vinaigrette which is what I assume that I was served. I'm not big into beetroot so wouldn't have ordered this if the Races Menu had described it in this way. Saying that it was Ok and looked great when it arrived at the table. The Soup De Jour was a brilliant looking piping hot French Onion which a few of our party had and that looked fab. The smooth pate got some good reports too.
Next the Cod Ratatouille Provencal arrived really looking the part. The ratatouille was really tasty but the fish itself was somewhere between warm and hot - not piping hot which was disappointing. Not cold enough to send back though, just acceptable. The staff brought out some extra French Fries which were well received.
And now to the pud. The waiter was going round with the desserts and I said that I had ordered the Baba Rhum - "I'm on with that" he retorted. Ten minutes or so later there was still no sign of the thing, so I asked again. Within a minute or two the Baba Rhum finally arrived with the most insincere sounding apology in the history of apologies. To my utter dsiappointment the thing wasn't evenly cooked through and i can only assume that it had been popped in a microwave - but not for long enough.So I just left it. At least the scoop of ice cream on top was an even temperature all the way through. By this time people in the party were getting ready to leave so there was no point waiting for another one. The website promises food "expertly served with a smile" - that must start tomorrow.
Must try harder.
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