Bouchon was packed. Not one table was empty at 6:30. We started with 2 glasses of champagne (not pictured)
Our server, Austin, was superb.
Island Creek Oysters
Big Eye Tuna, Cornichons, Capers, Nicoise Olives, Haricot Vertes, Fingerling Potatoes, Hard Boiled Egg, Arugula, Gribiche sauce – perfect
Salad of French Laundry Garden Cucumbers with Cherry Tomatoes, Marcona Almonds, Piment d’Espelette Creme Fraiche – again a light and refreshing salad on a hot night
Grilled Octopus and Fresh Summer Bean Salad with Pickled Apricots and Basil Vinaigrette – incredibly tender octopus plus summer bounty on a plate
Beignet’s de Brandade de Morue – Cod Brandade with Tomato Confit and Fried sage – a heavy, greasy mess – to their credit this was taken off the bill
Church and State’s Beignets de Brandade de Morue, salt cod, saffron aioli – these were light as a feather – no grease, lightly battered with a sauce that was 4 star. Walter should bottle his aioli and sell it. He would make a fortune.
As I mentioned, the service was excellent. In retrospect, I wish I had ordered the charcuterie or one of my all-time favorites the Croque Madame.
The perfect Croque Madame from a visit in 2007.
But, other than the brandade, this was a light refreshing supper on a hot summer night.