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Review of Animal and Bouchon Beverly Hills


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Review of Animal and Bouchon Beverly Hills

Dapuma | | Apr 6, 2011 07:38 AM

Went to both places last weekend so i here goes:

Got to Animal, easy to find dropped the car off for valet as it didnt seem like it was worth the effort of trying to find a parking spot around that area

I will rate everything on a scale of 1-5

What we ordered:

Hamachi Tostada: 3 - felt like something we could make at home, very asian inspired, we cook a lot of asian food so it didnt feel special to us, solid but wouldnt order again

Pig's Ears: 3.5 - I did not care for these however the mrs did, so it was a mixed bag, very interesting textures and flavors, a must order to see if you will like it or not, would we order it again, probably not

cod with sunchokes 3.5: they were out of the cod so they subbed another white fish which was pretty good the sunchokes were the standout and were very very good, everything else was solid on the plate - again good but not amazing - not something we would go out of our way for but not bad either

Foie Gras with Bisc 4.0 - exactly as desribed foie gras with a bisc. and maple sausage gravy, very good - would recommend

Poutine 5.0 - this was the biggest and last plate of the night, it was huge and there was tons of oxtail, gravy, and cheese curds - everything just worked, the fries were perfectly cooked and crispy - we agreed we would go back for this dish anytime (seems like a good late night order after the bar as wel)

bone marrow - 2.5 - it was good but too rich and the onion jam was a bit to strong, it was only good for one or two bites, most of it went uneaten, if you had a table of 4 or 6 and ordered it everyone got a bite it would be fine, not for 2 people though

dessert: berries, vanilla custard, lavender crumble, opal basil - was good, nice way to end a heavy meal with a light dessert, the opal basil was excellent in the dessert, the strawberries were great the raspberries a bit tart

wine: had a glass of white and glass of pinot, both good, although i cannot recall what they were anymore - the white the waiter recommended to go with the hamachi

Overall i would say it is about a 3.5, good but not great, not a ton wowwed us so i dont think we would go back, however if we wanted some late night fries...the oxtail fries cannot be beat


Went there for brunch, arrived just before 11 and they were not open so we went downstairs to Bar Bouchon for mimosa's - they pour a mean one, and i mean that in a good way Chandon Champaign to the bring and a splash of fresh squeezed oj - that is a proper start to the morning

Then upstairs to Bouchon, the place is very inviting inside, we started off with a figure 8 shaped pastry with raisen in it, gold and regular raisen and it was great, nice and crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside - also with round two of mismosas

the mrs ordered the toad in the hole which is a pork belly and brioche bread with an egg inside, the pork belly was like a perfectly cooked bacon steak, it was nothing short of amazing - I am not much of a breakfast person so i went with the mussels with saffron white wine sauce with frites - which were very good, i had them at bar bouchon last trip however these seemed prepared differently with more flavor and a bit thickther broth - not sure if there is any difference or not but it was very good - although next time i would probably get that toad in the hole

Bouchon is a must go for us each time we visit bevely hills every time we go it is great

only complaint was that the waiter gave us flat water for $7 which seemed like regular water, not really a big deal but if you are going to upcharge for water, just let us know up front, it was annoying to get charged on the back end, the annoyance was more of not knowing ahead of time - not sure if that is common for BH but in Phx there is no charge for water in the vase or what they called "flat water"

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