Friday, April 3, 2015

Bastille Launches Spring Menu and New Patio

From our friends at Bastille Restaurant & Wine Bar...

Bastille Launches Spring Menu with New Prix Fixe Options at Brunch, Lunch & Dinner

Customized menus mean perfect portions, affordable for any appetite

The recently re-opened Bastille has launched a new spring menu featuring lighter options heavily influenced by France’s Mediterranean coast. In addition to new menu items, the restaurant is offering a series of prix fixe options that provide easy alternatives to a la carte dining.

A cornucopia of seasonal ingredients finds its way into Chef Christophe Poteaux’s warm weather menu including artichokes, asparagus, young turnips, radishes, and espelette peppers. Fennel and pistachios accompany Mediterranean sea bream for a refreshing fish course. Avocado adds texture to a creamy crab salad that is punched up by juicy grapefruit segments. Indigenous rockfish filet is roasted and accompanied by clams, chorizo, artichokes, leeks and fava beans, finished with saffron croutons. Tried and true favorites endure such as duck magret with cherry brandy sauce and foie gras done two ways.

Meanwhile, 2015 RAMMY finalist pastry chef Michelle Poteaux has rolled out a new dessert menu rich with whimsical takes on contemporary French sweets. This is not your mother’s “Strawberries and Crème” as Poteaux’s starts with fresh strawberries and vanilla bean crèmeaux, but gets decidedly more decadent with chiffon croutons, strawberry puree, Valrhona white chocolate and crème fraiche ice cream. All the components of the traditional British afternoon break are in her “English Tea,” complete with Earl Grey custard, sablé, lemon marmalata, honey ice cream and gin gelée, plated to look like ice cubes, but curiously more fragrant.

Bastille has further revamped its Saturday and Sunday brunch menu to include a new section dedicated entirely to sides and brunch pastries wherein guests will find pecan coffee cake, sticky buns, Brussels style waffles, biscuits, duck fat home fries and various a la carte breakfast options. Sunday, or “football Sunday,” is a very special day for Europeans; afternoon and evening “football matches” will air on the “tele” at the Bar at Bastille where everyone is invited to root for their favorite team.

The French invented prix-fixe and Bastille has further perfected it to cater to all price points. Every service has at least one prix-fixe. Lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends include a choice of three courses for just $29 in addition to a la carte menus. Dinner prix fixe options include $39 for three courses, $49 for four, and $59 for a decadent five course feast.

Guests are welcome for lunch from 11:30 AM to 2-3 PM and dinner from 5-10 PM daily. Brunch is serves on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. The bar is open from 11:30 AM to 11 PM daily and happy hour is from 5-7 PM on weekdays.

For more information call 703-519-3776, or visit Bastille online at