Le Bouchon, Crows Nest

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Le Bouchon, Crows Nest

Le Bouchon, Crows Nest

Bouchon is the French word for cork. In the gastronomic city of Lyon, Bouchon is a term referred to informal restaurants known for Lyonnaise cuisine with a menu heavy in meat. The menu at Le Bouchon is less Lyonnaise and more classic French Bistro. Sammie and I were visiting Le Bouchon for my belated birthday lunch. She has a magical knack for finding great places that have outdoor seating and by a sheer miracle we had a sunny, clear and calm day so we sat outside. Sammie has been to Le Bouchon a few times before and tells me that at night it gets very busy.

Le Bouchon, Crows Nest

We flick through the menu and there are quite a few things that catch my eye but then we get to the 3 course lunch for $70 which has most of the things that I want to try (except the steak tartare) and we select that. Although there's a good predominantly French wine and cocktail menu I'm driving so I refrain.

Le Bouchon, Crows Nest

House terrine with cornichons, onion jam and toasted baguette

The terrine is Sammie's choice and it's a nice terrine with aspic and finely chopped pickles with some pureed onion jam and two pieces of toasted baguette. It's quite good although you do have to really like aspic for this. I think I'd prefer the baguette sliced a little thinner too.

Le Bouchon, Crows Nest

Twice Cooked Blue Cheese Soufflé

The twice cooked cheese soufflé was my choice on their recommendation (it was a toss up between this and the French onion soup). It is made with blue cheese with tarragon and confit cherry tomatoes that lend this rich, wobbly soufflé a bit of sweet, tangy contrast. I end up dipping the baguette into the cream.

Le Bouchon, Crows Nest

Pan Roasted Salmon Fillet, Provencale Ratatouille, Shellfish Bisque Beurre Blanc

Onto the mains and these are my favourite courses. The pan roasted salmon fillet is perfectly cooked. It is cooked through but the fish is still luscious and not dry at all with a delightfully crispy skin. It comes with a Provencal ratatouille with zucchini and capsicum and an intense shellfish bisque beurre blanc sauce.

Le Bouchon, Crows Nest

Braised Beef Cheeks a la Bourguignone

My favourite course of the day is the braised beef cheeks. The beef cheeks are done to perfection with soft, tender meat served with fat lardons, carrots and mushrooms on a bed of pommes puree. If anyone was worried about leaving hungry the sizes are enormous and we can't finish both mains mainly because we are saving room for dessert.

Le Bouchon, Crows Nest

Ile Flottante

Usually I'm not a huge île flottante fan but I'm so glad that Sammie chose this because it was divine. The meringue is torched and then served in a pool of creme anglaise with a toffee decoration and toasted walnuts. Whenever I've had île flottante the meringue hasn't been torched but this adds such an appealing flavour to it.

Le Bouchon, Crows Nest

Chocolate Marquise, White Chocolate Crumble, Raspberry Coulis and Sorbet

The chocolate marquise is a slice of rich chocolate cake with white chocolate crumble, a scoop of raspberry sorbet and raspberry coulis and some Persian fairy floss. It's nice but the île flottante is the definite pick of the two desserts.

So tell me Dear Reader, do you like Ile Flottante?

This meal was independently paid for.

Le Bouchon

104 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest NSW 2065

Thursday to Saturday 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–9:30pm

Tuesday & Wednesday 5:30–9:30pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

lebouchon.net.au

Phone: (02) 9966 0906