Bar Bouchon

Bar Bouchon, the petite solo child of Bouchon Restaurant Beverly Hills, recently opened (Dec 18th) amid the quietest weeks of restaurant business.

Whereas the upstairs full fledge restaurant, sporting an entirely different grandiose entrance, is boisterous and ostentatious, the “wine” bar downstairs at , as the barkeep advised, is simple, elegant, and exceedingly French with its layout dominated by the relatively large semi-circular tin bar. Despite it’s outwardly appearance with wine racks masking the full liquor menu, the cocktail menu happily offers some fine libations.

Bar Bouchon Portside

There’s ubiquitous old time sazerac, a mock kir royale, moscow mule, grey hound, etc. Why love this place more than the restaurant? Because it’s a Parisian room, small in stature, cozy, with a nice patio on right outside that could be evocative of the First arrondissement. Unlike another recently ballyhooed gastrobar which just opened, lighting here is soft, but not overtly dim. One can see the drinking companion, and also the blackboards featuring the daily bites.

Bar Bouchon Blackboard Eats Bar Bouchon Cocktail Menu

And here lies the true brilliance of the bar dining. Dishes deemed appropriate from Bouchon Bistro is brought straight down into the Bar. There are charcuterie plates and various levels of fruits de mer, there’s still the pungent escargot, but gone are the mundane steak frites and roasted chicken. Instead, small plates, featuring more rustic items such as rilette, quiche & tartines, are present and center on the new bar menu, all offered at less severe prices. Here, at the Bar, the dinner tab looks more $50, than $100. Here, there is no scene, but mere pleasant banter with the bartender, who is not quite doting, but just perfectly attentive. The Bar’s staff is extracted from the regular Bistro staff, assuring exhausting training and Kellerific standards even in the laxed environs. Here, it could be Yountville. Another story above, it is clearly still Beverly Hills.

Bar Bouchon

235 Canon Dr.

Bar Bouchon in Los Angeles



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  • perhaps it will get rowdier with time. but right now, it looks like a good place to chillax.
    .-= bagnatic´s last blog ..the recession brings me to rosemead…again =-.

  • Since I regularly dine solo and sometimes a light eater, I can see how the Bar > Bistro, but I guess I’ll find out personally in 2010.

    Have a happy holiday and see you around next year!
    .-= H.C.´s last blog ..Special Foodventure #148: Thankfulness for Summer’s Trip to Mexico, Part 1 =-.

  • Tsz

    Been wanting to go to Bouchon but the crowd is a turn-off. I think I’d go to this instead. Thanks for the heads up!
    .-= Tsz´s last blog ..Ludo Bites: Do Not Try This at Home =-.

  • Liz

    That sounds Kellerific to the negative second power.

  • Good to know – I do like quiche. It was sort of my thing this year. Quiche, quiche and… ice cream. Particularly a certain olive oil variety.

  • Gustable

    So food bliss didn’t really begin to inundate your veins here, right?

  • TonyC

    *hang head in shame*. you write a sentence once, and they never let it go. Actually Gustable, the squash soup I had on the second visit was damned fantastic.

  • Gustable

    Squash soup it is then!

  • Oh I can’t wait to try out this place. This might be more exciting news than the actual bistro for me too, since I am a cheapskate and like to dine alone and have a nice cocktail.
    .-= Alex´s last blog ..Henry’s Hi-Life: “World Famous” Ribs in San Jose =-.

  • I didn’t love the squash soup either. Maybe it is an acquired taste.
    .-= Kiki Maraschino´s last blog ..The Most Unappetizing Food Ever =-.

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    post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this.
    I am going to forward this post to him. Pretty sure he’s going to have a great read.
    Thank you for sharing!

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