Bouchon is a great find in Bendigo…Worth driving every one of the 162kms! But let me tell you a little story first that made the discovery all the sweeter! We went out for Dinner Thursday night on our Bendigo sojourn and were a little disappointed. The Age Good Food Guide let us down a bit – the restaurant did not live up to expectations. On Saturday night we had selected Bouchon – with significantly lowered expectations… It was a completely delicious experience that I am trying to find another reason to visit Bendigo again sometime soon!
The Escargot were perfect – just a bunch of garlic butter with delicate little morsels of poor little snails! I loved it so much, Sonia finally tried one. She still couldn’t get past the fact that they are snails, but at least she can say she has had one now.
I selected the Char Grilled Wagyu Porterhouse. The one I had on Thursday at the other place was a bit on the overcooked side, and didn’t have the marbling (read – delicious fat!) I would normally expect to be closing up my arteries. Bouchon’s was as good as I have had. A nice crispy skin to the meat, with meat ready to simply melt underneath. Cooked perfectly medium, I was seriously wishing I could fit in a second steak!
Finishing off with a well thought out cheese plate was a great choice too!
My only bit of feedback would be that the seating was pretty tight – I often think restaurants could take just a table out to give everyone a bit of stretch room…
The bonus round was getting a great wine recommendation – a local wine 2003 Pondalowie ‘Special Release’ Shiraz. Nice and light red. Not sure if they have any left there now… Read about it here http://pondalowie.com.au/reviews/2003-special-release-shiraz/
I love it when restaurants focus on a limited range of dishes, but then make sure they make them exceptional. Bouchon was a great choice that made up for the disappoinment of Thursday night’s meal. The only let down was not having a grumpy French waiter… http://www.bouchonbendigo.com.au/