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Bon Vivant in Atwater Village and it's monster duck-egg burger.


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Bon Vivant in Atwater Village and it's monster duck-egg burger.

jdwdeville | Sep 29, 2012 04:29 PM

Went today, on a whim.
Huge, open, inviting space- very pretty inside. There is a nice cheese/charcuterie counter where you can buy cheeses to go, or they will portion them out for a cheese board for you, an case of prepared salads, and a coffee area. Also, what will be a great little bar to relax at and read the (provided) paper at with a beer when (if?) they finally get a license.
One minor complaint re design: fine, you want to have some flat screen tvs, and you did the right thing by placing them as unobtrusively as possibly in the high corners, but why were they all playing some QVC-esque cooking product infomercial?
Chargrilled oysters (6 for $12) were big and delicious, truly had a grilled flavor, topped with Parmesan and salted butter.
I didn't try my SO's sandwich so can't speak to it- she thought the dressing on the salad with it was bitter (it was heavy on the lemon juice).
I had the burger, which arrived mid rare as requested with an over easy duck egg, manchego cheese, serrano ham, two tomato slices, shallots, pickles, and a salad's worth of dressed arugula on a pretzel-y type roll. First observation: this thing is HUGE. I mean, almost knife and fork huge. Like, don't need the fries huge. Halfway in I was feeling flushed. I'm writing this three hours later still stuffed. Second observation: it is a very good burger. Better be, for $15. The ham is an interesting idea, but I think it gets a bit lost as the texture of raw ham is hard to discern against all the other stuff going on, though it adds a nice salty element that the patty was lacking (perhaps by design?). Also, duck eggs apparently have a lot of yolk! There was an ingredient I couldn't identify that had a sweet flavor to it that seemed a bit out of place- maybe it was in the pink sauce on the bun? But, overall a damn good burger to rival say, 26 Beach's.
Get this place their beer and wine license and I will be there weekly!

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