Last night my boyfriend and I went for a romantic dinner at Bouchon. When we arrived it was very crowded as is to be expected on a bustiling Saturday night. We were told the wait would be 20 mins and were sat at around 40 mins. We each had a cocktail while we waited and recieved good bar service considering the crowd.
When we were sat, our waitress was very prompt and had a good wine knowledge. The service remained the only highlight of our experience.
We split 2 small plates, the scallops and the bone marrow. The scallops arrived, vastly overcooked and under seasoned. It seemed as though someone had chopped up scallops,poured cream on top, forgot about it in the oven, then flambe' the top. Seriously, they were the consistency of rubber. My boyfriend's bone marrow was well prepared but very under seasoned. We both thought it was a shame to disrespect beautiful food by not trying to bring out and compliment the flavors.
For entree' I had the Steak Au Poire. The portion size was huge, more than one person could eat. The meat looked to be cooked to the perfect tempature I ask for. However, when I bit into it, the cut of beef was so tough, it took me 5 mins to get through the bite. The sauce tasted like a slightly gelatinious brown gravy, with no hint on pepper or congac. I ate 1/2 of one beef medallion. However my dogs are mighty happy today and seem to be enjoying it. My boyfriend ordered sweetbreads. Again the portion size was huge and well presented. The lemon caper sauce was tasty and had a nice zing. The sweetbreads however were very over cooked. Its hard to eat chewy glands, especially when they should be soft and creamy.
Our total check was around 120 with tax and tip. We wondered if Bouchon was just too crowded from the chefs to be able to pay attention to the food. However, there was no "we are too croweded to pay attention to your food" discount so I have a hard time giving them an excuse.
I am so sad about this as I wanted to love Bouchon. Needless to say, even with the exceptional service, we won't be back.
62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
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