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Bastille Restaurant - Alexandria, Virginia

DineSite:  Bastille Restaurant
Location:

1201 N. Royal Street - Alexandria, VA

Website: http://www.bastillerestaurant.com/
  703-519-3776
Cuisine: French
Review: 16/20
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Journal entries: Date, Atmosphere, Food, Winelist, Service, Other
Four visits - consistent experiences and notes:
September 9, 2008; October 31, 2008; November 12, 2008; October 21, 2009; March 08, 2010 -

if you're adventurous, take the Metro to Braddock Road station, just past Reagan National - its a one mile, fifteen minute walk from there. Its not for the timid however as you traverse a multitude of neighborhoods. I enjoy it on a pleasant weather evening.

Atmosphere is quaint, warm and casual. The dining area is small and hence a bit intimate at the table seating out in the room, much like a Parisien bistro. For any privacy, try to get one of the few small tables against the wall/windows, or sit along the wall bench. The room is adorned with fun, stylish original works of art. The east wall has booth-like cushy leather bench seating. The wood floors and brick walls reflect of old world charm if not its industrial setting. The bar takes over an entire wall aside from a small window portal into the kitchen. Conveniently off the beaten track but easy to reach within a half hour from downtown or Northern Va close-in suburbs. Easy access to street parking. Atmosphere - 4/5

Food - Menu (classic French) offers a basic selection of a seafood, beef, veal or lamb, chicken or duck. Portions are small reflecting the traditional authentic French cuisine. The selections offer stylish presentations. The sauces are modestly inspiring. The Foie gras is very good. Deserts are tasty,  The vanilla bean creme brulee was very good - can there possibly be too much of such a good thing?! Hangar steak reduction red sauce and pomme frittes were great but not enough to overcome the modest beef - save steak for steak restaurants unless you're really in the mood. They offer ala carte, a short Three-Course menu or a Four or Five or sometimes Six Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings.  Its great fun to experience the Sommelier's pairing choices and variety of selection per course - be prepared to drink more modest (economical) wines than you might otherwise select by the bottle and you won't be disappointed.
Food - 4/5

Wine - Winelist is predominantly French with care to offer more affordable selections from the Loire,  Bourgogne, Languedoc, Provence, and Rhone predominating with few obscure names from Bordeaux and devoid of Burgundy. There were a handful (1/2 dozen White, dozen Red) of modest New World features. We shared the tasting selection pairing. See wine journal review.
Wine - 3.5/5

Service was friendly, attentive, conversant and instructive in the preparations and associated pairings.
Service - 4.5/5

Overall - 16/20

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