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lissy | | Oct 5, 2006 05:15 PM

Went to Bouchee (new restaurant in the Dubarry building on Newbury Street) last night with some friends. I like the atmosphere. There's a nice outdoor patio though we won't be able to put that to use much more until winter is over. Nice bar area, decent size with a few tall tables. Pretty lively crowd last night. There is seating both upstairs and downstairs. We opted to dine upstairs last night which is a bit more quiet. The menu is typical French bistro--roast chicken, steak frites all pretty reasonably priced. Our table had two apps, one the pate' which was quite delicious though I am spoiled by the bargain at Petit Robert (which as huge portions for about $8) The portion at Bouchee wasn't nearly as big but still plenty for an app. The other was the cod brandade which I thought was quite tasty.

For mains, one got the steak frites though opted for asparagus instead of the frites. The steak looked to be cooked very nicely and my friend said she really liked it. They have a few different types of flatbreads which one person ordered. It looked good and was a pretty decent size. Another person had the warm beets and goat cheese which I tasted and thought was good. I had the chicken hushwalla which was an interesting addition to this menu. Had more of a middle eastern flare. It was shredded chicken with almonds served over rice pilaf. It tasted pretty good, was a big portion, though the presentation was nothing special.

All in all, I think this is a nice addition in a neighborhood with so so restaurant choices. The food was pretty good and the prices reasonable. I had heard some bad stories about the service. Ours wasn't great but it wasn't bad either. Our water glasses were always full (which is a big plus in my book) though our waiter was almost too honest (didn't have anything overly positive to say about anything on the menu). There were four of us and with two apps, two entrees, one flatbread, one salad and a bottle of wine, I think it came to $30-35 each including tip.

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