Bagatelle is definitely best known for its over the top afternoon brunch parties filled with magnums of champagne, DJ's and lots of fabulous people dancing the day away. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon in my book but what about the other days of the week? Well actually the other days of the week Bagatelle is a gorgeous, somewhat serene spot with some incredible food and a fun, classy atmosphere perfect for a party, a lively dinner or just some drinks and snacks at the bar. Here's some shots from a recent food blogger dinner.
Charcuterie Board- Coppa Calabresse, fennel salami, chorizo, country style pate, liver foie gras pate, smoked bacon saute and butter whipped cordo. Meat upon meat upon meat; this is a great way to get a party started.
Fried Calamari with pesto tzatziki sauce. The breading on these was perfect- just lightly battered without a hint of grease.
Steak Tartare Croustillant- bite sized rice cakes topped with a beef tartare blend. I absolutely adore Steak Tartare and these were phenomenal. The seasoning was just right, spicy but not overpowering and the rice cakes gave them a satisfying crunch.
Halibut Ceviche with sweet potatoes, lime, frisee salad and leche de tigre. This was a great dish for the spring like day we were having- light and fresh with excellent acidity.
As was the zesty Tuna Tartare topped with avocado salad and crispy Taro Chips.
Grilled Whole Maine Lobster with linguine in Bagatelles secret sauce followed along the "party" theme with its extravagant presentation...
...while slightly more subdued but just as beautiful Grilled Salmon with quinoa, cauliflower and squid ink.
Whole Roasted Chicken is still a huge hit on many of the city's top restaurants and the Bagatelle version was fantastic; filled with county potatoes, onion confit, mushroom and a flurry of black truffles on top.
And Grilled Wagyu Steak with brussels sprout, butternut squash and a wonderful porcini cream sauce.
Desserts are definitely not to miss- the Peanuts & Co. was a sparkling golden blend of milk chocolate mousse, peanut butter and caramel...
...and the classic Creme Brulee hit all the high marks. Thick and creamy inside with a crackly golden brown top just perfect for smashing with a fork.
But for those truly looking to stay in "party" mode there's the Bagatelle Mega Sundae, an enormous bowl of ice cream, marshmallow, granola and chocolate sauce all topped off with Chantilly, caramel and a dazzling sparkler. There's not many ways to end a meal better than that.
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