Wednesday, November 21, 2018


I was torn between 2 places in Asheville for my birthday dinner. SP decided we should go to both, one on my birthday and the other one earlier in the trip. The decision was mostly based on one place taking reservation and one not and how that fit into our planned activities. So our second dinner in Asheville was at Bouchon, a French restaurant that does not take reservations but if you arrive between 5-5:30 pm, it didn't seem too difficult to be seated.
There's a lovely outdoor area, but it was too breezy and cold for me so we sat inside. It's a little narrow. There's an exposed brick wall, chairs that reminded me of Paris. It was cozy and warm.
We munched on bread and butter while deciding what to order.
Bouchon had a couple of sauvignon blancs from the Loire region. Our server helped me decide on the Fournier Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (from the Loire, this 100% Sauvignon Blanc is refreshingly pristine. Firm, dry finish with great minerality). I really liked it, but stuck to just one glass. SP ordered Ginger Old Fashioned (Bourbon, Domaine de Canton & Fever Tree Ginger Beer over and Orange Juice, bitters and Cherry infused ice cube). I tried a sip and it was a terrific cocktail. Definitely to our tastes (bourbon, orange, ginger). We both liked the infused ice cube. He kept sipping and sipping as the ice cube melted.
We started by sharing Salade du Grand Père (fresh greens dressed with Dijon vinaigrette, sprinkled with lardons (thick bacon) & walnuts).
For my entree, I chose Poulet Cordon Bleu Bouchon (a breaded chicken breast rolled around prosciutto & Gruyère cheese, baked, then finished with a lemon juice, white wine & butter pan reduction; with pommes frites & sautéed fresh veggies). It was really good. I sometimes worry about chicken prepared like this drying out, but it wasn't dry. The sauce was really good and the green beans and carrots were really tasty, too.
My entree also came with Pommes Frites (sprinkled with Herbes de Provençe & served with red pepper aioli). They were terrific, it was just a lot of food for me. SP happily helped with the fries.
SP chose Bouillabaisse Bouchon (Provençal-style seafood broth brimming with fresh mussels, scallops, shrimp, and fresh market fish served with a saffron rouille croûton). He said it was tasty.
We ordered after dinner tea. I chose: Lemon Lift, one of my favorite teas. We shared 2 desserts:
Crêpes Suzette - a warm crêpe with Grand Marnier-orange-butter sauce & homemade whipped cream. So good. Lots of orange flavor and a nice amount of booze flavor.
Mousse au Chocolat. This was good, too. I would have preferred no mini chocolate chips, but that's me. The thin cookie crisp was yummy.

It can get a little crowded with people at the bar waiting for a seat. I got bumped a few times by bar patrons, but no big deal. Our server was informed and pleasant. They had my current favorite wine. We had a yummy meal. It's cozy and romantic. We'd go back.

Bouchon French Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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