We couldn't get into The French Laundry so booked into Le Bouchon with great expectations. The evening was great, I really cannot fault much, the food, service and surroundings all gave the evening a real cosy Parisienne Bistro touch that was quiet wonderful, just way to expensive for what you got.
A Bloody Mary whilst reading the menu followed by Oysters and Champagne to start, cannot fail to set of a good evening.
Hors D'Oeivres - Cod Beignets where great, but they where a but too big, less would be more, with a wonderful Tomato Confit that ran out before the Beignets so more needed. Our other starter from the specials, Scallops in Chowder was simply gorgeous.
Plats Principaux - Gigot of Lamb with crispy Panisse (polenta cake) and Idaho Trout with Sunchokes, here both the Pannise and Sunchokes needed more zip, the Pannise a little big and not quite crispy, the Chokes seem to have lost their flavour amongst the rest of the dish. We had additional sides of Cauliflower Gratin and Caramelized Brussels Sprouts (Christmas on a plate) where to die for but we needed them to round of the main course and would have felt incomplete if we didn't order them.
No dessert for us, we don't have a sweet tooth....
Overall, great quality and very well cooked, not ground breaking or earth shattering just very, very good bistro food.
The wine list was stunning but there is little or nothing for less than $50 which when you look at the bill for the evening just increases costs overall to a level where the evening was just so expensive, a great meal but at over $400 (including sales tax and "recommended service charge") for 2 people, this not bistro prices. I'm happy to pay this and more for great food, but I've paid less and been more satisfied at many 2 star restaurants.
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