Bouchon – Beverly Hills

We were invited to the pre opening dinner at Bouchon for family and friends. Everything was comped – valet parking, all food, drinks, wine – everything! The menu is almost identical to the Bouchon menu in Yountville. The chef de cuisine is Rory Herrmann. From their website:

As Chef de Cuisine of Bouchon in Beverly Hills, Rory Herrmann will be responsible for the daily supervision of the restaurant kitchen and staff, in addition to ensuring that the restaurant’s high standards will be met in each and every dish. Bouchon in Beverly Hills is slated to open in the fall of 2009.” 

“Previously, Rory served as the Private Dining Chef for Per Se, Chef Thomas Keller’s fine dining restaurant in New York City. In this position, he was responsible for the culinary preparation and execution of all large parties and offsite events. He first joined Per Se as Chef de Partie when the restaurant opened in 2004.”

Bouchon Beverly Hills is a much larger space than Yountville. There is a downstairs bar, an upstairs bar, a private dining room plus a large dining room with ample space between tables.

bouchon bar

bouchon bar 1

 Downstairs Bar

Bouchon entrance

Entrance to the main dining room

upstairsbouchon bar

Upstairs Bar

bouchon oyster bar

Raw Seafood on display

bouchon room 1

Main Dining Room

bouchon room 2

More Main Dining Room

bouchon room 3

And even more main dining room

amuse bouchon

White Bean Puree – amuse

oyssters bouchon

Beausoleil and Island Creek Oysters

wine bouchon

White wine

foiue bouchon

Terrine de Foie Gras de Canard served with toasted baguette

quiche bouchon

Quiche Lorraine

quiche bouchon 1

Close-up of quiche

chicken bouchon

Poulet Roti Grand-Mere

Roasted chicken with fingerling potatoes, button mushrooms, lardons, pearl onions and winter savory jus

cheese bouchon

Selection of 6 cheeses

cheese bread bouchon

Bread with the cheese

Our neighbors desserts

dessdert bouchon

Creme Caramel

dessert bouchon


Bottom line: We could have been sitting in Yountville. For those who want to experience a Thomas Keller Bouchon, the Beverly Hills version is a very credible and faithful copy. The room is beautiful and the cuisine is crafted faithfully to fine bistro standards.


9 Responses to “Bouchon – Beverly Hills”

  1. 2 lizziee November 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    You are so right! I don’t take it for granted.

  2. 3 kevinEats November 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Are these friends & family dinners going to be happening all the way up until the official grand opening on the 18th? How does one get invited to such an event?

  3. 4 lizziee November 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Kevin, you have to be a friend or family to be invited. I don’t how many more they are going to do.

  4. 5 David Stickney November 10, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    This looked like such a fun dinner event, but I have to wonder whether the bistro atmosphere of Buchon in Yountville — the hustle and bustle of a packed dining room — is lost in such an obviously elegant space.

    What I love about a good bistro is the casual, working atmosphere where an animated conversation – especially about food! – isn’t out of place.

    On occasion I love to find myself looking at the table as if it’s a Faberge egg, not lifting a finger because the staff does everything for you, and where exquisite food is prepared out of sight and quietly.

    But there’s also something infinitely satisfying about a “working” bistro where the food is prepared not only with the attention and care of a master chef, but with a little obvious elbow grease in the mix!

  5. 6 mattatouille November 11, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    i wish i could have gotten that invite! then again, you’re really good friends with Chef Keller 🙂

  6. 7 lizziee November 12, 2009 at 8:13 am

    That’s why it’s called family and friends.

  7. 8 Allison and Rob McInerney November 16, 2009 at 1:19 am

    We attended tonight’s friends and family dinner and it was absolutely fabulous! The food and service were superb and we even managed a back of the house tour! The location and atmosphere was great – saw many celebs. It was relaxing and I felt so taken care of. We ate delicatible roasted chicken with fingerling potatoes, button mushrooms, lardons, pearl onions, & winter savory jus and a side of macaroni and cheese for my daughter. Felt special and thank the staff for the warm welcome! Thomas Keller and staff welcome to Beverly Hills, may you have much success! The McInerneys

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