Bar Bouchon is now open continuously from lunchtime through dinner. No reservations, but there is table dining outside and bar seating inside. On a lovely, warm afternoon in Los Angeles, there is no better place to lunch. The tables overlook a “park” (my husband called it the most expensive park, recently created) with the Montage Hotel on one side and Bouchon on the other. Bar Bouchon has a limited menu, but there are still plenty of options.
First wine bought from their list
Bagaduce Oysters from Maine – at Bouchon upstairs they have an assortment of different kinds of oysters. Bar Bouchon features just one kind, but it changes daily.
Tartare of blue fin tuna, pickled red onion, haricot verts, strains of seaweed, gribiche sauce with won ton crisps flecked with seeds – delicious
Snails in garlic-parsley butter topped by puff pastry – this is an absolute must order
The puff pastry flipped
The snail about to be eaten
BYO Red Wine
Tartiflette, russet potatoes, bacon and Reblochon – actually this was a “potato pancake” with crispy shredded potatoes and onions, topped with soft Reblochon cheese, bacon and a frisee salad – another winner
Poached hen egg on toast rounds with a ragout of French green lentils with diced garlic sausage – as we were splitting all dishes, my husband asked for 2 poached eggs – no problem!
The lovely runny egg yolk
Apple tart – we asked for no ice cream
Espresso and Coffee rounded out the lunch. I heartily recommend both Bar Bouchon and Bouchon.