Had a great dinner at Bouchon. Thanks for the recommendations for!
We had a wonderful evening in Bouchon. Thanks to those that recommended it. The food was great, and service was professional. Our waiter was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Everyone was very nice.
Now, let's get to the food; here's what we ordered:
I ordered the venison, which came with a bleu cheese and foie gras risotto. The venison was very tender and cooked just right. The sauce was made with dried cherries, but was not sweet at all. It goes very well with the meat. the side dish was a bleu cheese and foi gras risotto. That was very well made and wonderful. I find it very difficult to get good risotto in restaurants, and this one was done just right.
These are what others ordered; I had a taste of all of them:
-duck breast (wow, it was very good, even better than my venison)
-braised lamb shank (good, but not as good as the duck and venison)
-sea bass (It was good, but would not order)
I asked the waiter to choose me a wine to go with my entree, and he picked a '03 Ethan grenache from arroyo grande; I thought it was very good and went very well with the venison.
We also ordered dessert:
-peach tarte tatin (This was the best dessert that night, very good combination.)
-molten lava cake (very good, reminded me of the one from Morton's)
-creme brulee (tasted okay, it was unteresting; didn't like it very much)
Total, including drinks and tips, $210. I thought it was a good price for the four of us. I also found most of the restaurants in Santa Barbara seem to give you much bigger portions compared to LA with similar prices.