Bastille — Lunch on 30 August 2016

I may have saved the best for last.  My final stop for Summer 2016 Restaurant Weeks was Bastille, a wonderful old favourite in Alexandria, Virginia.  The restaurant’s name and the Tricoleurs ever-so-subtlely hint at the restaurant’s cuisine.  Once again, it was like going home.*

From start to finish, my meal here was sheer perfection.



Wonderful little fried oysters with preserved citrus aioli, plated like a work of art.

Duck Confit

Duck Confit

The confit de canard was classic.  Click on the image to enbiggen, and take a closer look at this beautiful dish.  The duck was falling-off-the-bone tender, and the skin was crunchy.  It came with a medley of  braised peaches, cipoline onions, summer squashes, and roasted potatoes, served on a honey gastrique.

Truffle Cake

Truffle Cake

And finally this Gateau Fondant au Chocolat—a chocolate truffle cake with caramel, Valrhona chocolate,  ice cream, and a pecan tuile on the top.

A perfect meal.

*There’s a character in a Peter De Vries novel who “always wanted to be born in Boston.”  I feel the same way about Europe.

Je suis Européen!


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