Bouchon Bakery

For the past couple of months I’ve been experimenting with several cookbooks and basically making lunch for the Boyfriend and I. But since it was our “manniversary” or our friend’s term for a monthly anniversary, we decided to go out for a sit down lunch. We decided on Bouchon because I’ve only ever had their pastries. We arrived around 11:30 and were seated immediately. Their lunch menu is pretty extensive – there are salads, sandwiches, soups, and a variation of meat entrees.

After we ordered, our waitress brought over some warm bread and butter. The bread was delicious because it was warm and the butter melted on top of it. The only complaint I had was the lack of plates to eat my bread with. I know we could have asked for plates, but I feel like it’s something that should already be offered regardless.

I decided to go with their grilled cheese with tomato soup ($13.50). First, the tomato soup was delicious. There was a lot of tomato flavor and it went down quite smoothly. It tasted good alone but together with the grilled cheese, it was amazing. The grilled cheese was also very good – moist and chewy. The bread was toasted just right. The combination of Gruyere and fontina cheeses was just right – not too salty.  It looks small but it’s definitely more than enough to fill you up. By the time I finished my meal I was full.

The Boyfriend ordered the Tuna Tartine, which features tuna salad with olives, lettuce and sliced hard-boiled egg on top of pain de champagne ($13.50). I hate to admit it because I love grilled cheeses, but I actually liked his dish better than mine. The tuna was very nicely seasoned with just the right amount of mayo. Most tuna salads include celery but this one didn’t and I loved it. I’m not a big celery fan at all.

I really wanted to have a slice of their crepe cake but both of us were too full to order it. Next time I am definitely saving room in my stomach for it. Since we had such a great experience with their lunch menu, we will definitely be back to try some of their other dishes. The table next to ours ordered the seared salmon, which looked amazing. I might just get that next time!

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