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Bouchon Lunch and the Invisible Diners

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Bouchon Lunch and the Invisible Diners

Oakland Barb | Sep 5, 2006 03:06 AM

After many tries, I took my 18 year old daughter for lunch to Bouchon in Yountville on Saturday.
She's a very picky eater, but found a few simple things she liked the look of on the menu and the wait wasn't bad at 20 minutes.
We gave the hostess our cell number and were called promptly to a nice little table in a corner with two windows. As we had been told the outside tables were reserved, this seemed like a very good alternative.
About 10 minutes went by before the waiter wandered over (it was about 2:30 at this point and not tremendously crowded) and asked which bottled water we preferred. We asked for iced tap and that was the end of him for another half hour.
Through out the meal we had to flag the waiter or a bus boy for each and every thing- water, salt, more water, our soup bowls removed after our mains had been brought. Although the food was very good quite honestly, it began to get funny. The fly that buzzed incessantly over my dughter's head all through the meal added to the ambiance!
When bus boy number one didn't come back after we asked to take the remainder of our lunches home we flagged down bus boy number two, who two piled our plates one on top of the next along with the butter and miscellaneous cutlery. The boxes came back covered in food, as though filled with his hands.
People seated at the tables around us came and left.
It was a train wreck!

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