Bouchon Bakery Opens!

Bouchon in Beverly Hills has a Bistro, a “bar”, and yesterday they opened a small bakery beneath the stairs leading to the bistro. What’s next? Bouchon vending machines? The small counter offers breads, pre-packaged goods, sandwiches, salads, plus espressos and coffees from Equator. But the reason I was at the door on opening day is that Bouchon is the dealer for my fix, my craving, my heart’s desire – macarons, TKOs, chocolate bouchons and an assortment of their other fresh and delicate cookies.

A few of the more interesting offerings include foie gras terrines, caramel popcorn, and even foie gras doggie biscuits for the super-lucky pooches. They are made from wheat and foie gras, so I was tempted to try one for the sake of research. However, I let the adorable Brutus test taste one and I went with a passionfruit macaron.

I also ordeed the simple but classic ham and cheese baguette. The flavorful Parisian ham, creamy Emmental cheese, sweet butter and sharp bite of Dijon mustard on a crisp baguette straight out of their oven somehow came together to make a sandwich that was more than the sum of its parts. This is sandwich-making at its finest.

At around ten bucks for a sandwich ($7.50) and cookie ($2-$3.25), it is a brown bag lunch fit for a queen. Whenever Thomas Keller does decide to open up a chain of terrine-dispensing vending machines you can be sure I will be at the front of the line with a sackful of quarters. 

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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3 Responses to Bouchon Bakery Opens!

  1. Tawny Tubetop Tawny Tubetop says:

    That’s a good price for a sandwich that sounds so tasty! You can easily spend that much at a coffee shop chain for lunch… or more.

  2. Donna Lethal Donna Lethal says:

    This is hard for me to even look at, with my love of French bakeries. This photographs even smell delicious. I won’t tell Chester.

  3. Scratch and snif computer screens! We will make a forrr-tune!

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