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Sunday, August 9, 2015

BOUCHON

BOUCHON
6534 WASHINGTON STREET
YOUNTVILLE, CA  94599
707-944-8037
HOURS:  Daily 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM

My second visit to Bouchon was nowhere close to the experience the first time.  Maybe it was the wine the first time or maybe something really did change since our visit a year ago.  I think something changed in the kitchen because the food, presentation and flavors the second time were nowhere near where they were during our first visit.  This was disappointing because on this visit I brought my Wife, Daughter and good friends that I had raved about the restaurant to.  Service on this trip seemed a bit robotic as the place was very busy and the wait staff seemed just to be trying to get through the evening.  We came away from this meal unimpressed with the food and service and what was one of my favorite restaurants became just another place to knock off of the bucket list.  I started our meal with Caviar d' Esturgeion ($85 oz).  California White Sturgeon Caviar served with Toasted Brioche and Creme Fraiche.  I love this Caviar and so did my Daughter.  She consumed the little black eggs like M&M's.  During my last visit the Pate here rocked my world.  I really loved the stuff and was bragging about it for a week.  We ordered the Pate de Campagne ($14.50) this visit and boy was I disappointed.  It was nothing like the delicious Pate that was served in a jar during the first visit.  Nobody at the table seemed to enjoy this Pate.  The Oeuf's Mimosa Deviled Eggs ($5) were good but nothing to get excited over.  Next up for me was Soupe a' l Oignon ($10.50) or as I call it Onion Soup.  The soup was pretty basic and rather bland with not very much onion inside the bowl or in the flavor.  I went for a Special which was a Crab Salad.  Sounded delicious as described by the waitress.  I was surprised when the salad was brought to the table.  The thing was so small it could have been placed on a large spoon.  The salad was overpowered by a single flavor that I cannot describe.  I took two small bites and did not finish it.  The Laitue Bibb Lettuce Salad ($11.25) served with garden herbs and house vinaigrette was ok according to my Wife and Daughter.  My Daughter hit the jackpot ordering the Special Ravioli of the Day which was Corn.  The dish came to the table looking pretty bland and basic.  The Waitress then shaved a ton of fresh Truffles over the pasta and boom the flavor went through the roof.  This pasta was delicious and perfect!  My Wife ordered the Croque Madame Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich ($18.95) served on Brioche with a Fried Egg and Mornay Sauce.  Served with a huge helping of crispy French Fries.  She said it was ok but she was not impressed and would not order it again.  My friend ordered the Poulet Roti Roasted Chicken ($29.75) and loved it.  He ate every last bite.  I looked over the dish and it really did look great.  
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ENTRANCE TO BOUCHON IN YOUNTVILLE, CALIFORNIA
OUTDOOR SEATING AREA FOR PRIVATE PARTIES
BOUCHON 
BOUCHON BREADS ARE DELICIOUS
PISTACHIOS SERVED ALONG WITH FRESH BREAD
PATE
CAVIAR PLATE
CONDIMENTS FOR CAVIAR
BIBB LETTUCE SALAD
FRENCH ONION SOUP
DEVILED EGGS
CORN RAVIOLI WAS THE STAR OF THE EVENING.  THIS IS HOW THE DISH LOOKED AT FIRST
AND THEN......
THE WAITER SHAVED FRESH TRUFFLES OVER THE RAVIOLI AND "BOOM" THE FLAVOR
WENT TO NEW HEIGHTS.  THIS PASTA WAS THE BOMB!!!!
THIS IS THE ENTIRE CRAB SALAD FOR SOMETHING LIKE $30.   I COULD NO BELIEVE MY
EYES OR TASTE BUDS.  

THERE IS A HAM AND CHEESE SANDWICH SOMEWHERE UNDER THIS MOUND OF FRIES


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