So here is the story of how the world of Bouchon came into my life.
I have always been a huge fan of Thomas Keller – as you may have read in the past here on the blog. I consider him to be one of my “Food Heros”. Chef Thomas Keller has changed the way that Americans think about fine food, and not since Julia Child has a single chef altered the landscape of dining in the United States. Many people will be surprised to learn that Thomas Keller has no formal culinary training. Instead, he learned to cook by doing, and after years of working hard in commercial kitchens, his career finally took off.
As of today I have never had the opportunity to dine at his ever famous restaurant The French Laundry located in Yountville, California. Rumor has it that it, that it can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months to get a reservation. I have even heard a few crazy stories that there have been those who had to wait up to one year before they where able to dine here. Anyhow despite all of these “rumors” I have confidence that one day I will make it there and sit at one of those glorious tables and feast with Mr. Hubs.
In the meantime I have had the opportunity to eat at Thomas Keller’s other eating establishment Bouchon. With locations in Yountville, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills I’ve had the privilege to try two of the three locations (Las Vegas & Beverly Hiils). I can say with pure unfiltered honesty that “This is my favorite Restaurant on the Planet Earth” Why ? Well because to me every bite I’ve ever had here is pure “Perfection” that and because Bouchon serves French Bistro styled food customarily found in Europe .
The food served here is informal with minimalist elements.
Translation – “My Kind of Eating”
- The wait staff there is very knowledgeable about the food and the cooking process and you get five star service.
- This place is a dream for foodies. Seriously, if you are a foodie and you don’t go here you are missing out.
Bouchon’s Croque Madame can launch a million happy taste buds. No really there is not one that I have tasted here in the states that comes as close to Paris than this one. This is also my niece Kara’s favorite as well.
- Here is a sampling of some of my favorite plates served here
- Beignets du Jour
- Bouchon Bakery spiced doughnuts & house-made jam
- Grand Plateau
- 1 lobster, 16 oysters, 4 shrimp,
- 8 clams, 10 mussels, seasonal crab, special selection
- Steak Frites
- pan-seared 9oz. flat iron, caramelized shallots & maître d’hôtel butter,
- served with French fries
The chocolate croissant…it’s “Cross your eyes amazing! The croissant is super buttery and flaky. It also has dark chocolate as the filling so it wasn’t overly sweet. It’s was basically the perfect chocolate croissant.
- My “Brat Kara Girl” – yes she ordered a Coca Cola with her Breakfast! It doesn’t matter I still love her…….
Yountville – 6534 WASHINGTON STREET | YOUNTVILLE, CA 94599 | 707.944.8037
Beverly Hills – 235 NORTH CANON DRIVE | BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210 | 310.271.9910
Las Vegas- THE VENETIAN | 3355 LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD | LAS VEGAS, NV 89109 | 702.414.6200