Bouchon or Bistro jeanty..again I know..
Hi sorry I know there is this somewhere... I was going to do Terra..but the menu.. not quite me... so now looking at these two.. both look very nice.. we are doing the martini house the night before fyi.. thank you!!
Both are great and have been discussed at length. Without posting a past link, it kind of depends upon the mood and the day for me. Both are great examples of classic French bistro or French brasserie fare. Jeanty is classic French country, perhaps heavier, classic dishes like cassoulet, veal kidneys, usually a special or 2. VERY Authentic bistro style. Bouchon is more of a classic brasserie. If I'm in the mood for oysters I'll go there. A little more variation to the menu and it changes slightly more often than BJ. Expect a refinement more found in a brasserie, but is the taste better? not necessarily. Both are terrific.
I've eaten at BJ numerous times. Had the salade nicoise about a month ago -- perfect and perfect for the weather. The skate is fabulous, and the pigs feet salad is out of this world! My husband is crazy for their mussels - has them everywhere and loves BJ's the most.
There are many great posts on both these restos, some made by me. I'm a fan of both of them. Use the "Search this board" link and search for both Bouchon and Bistro Jeanty.
By the way, the mussels (moule) at Bouchon are incredible. I haven't had them at BJ.
By the way, Terra is an exquisite restaurant with many different offerings.
I have to say we love both Bistro Jeanty and Bouchon, but if I had to pick just one, it would be BJ.
Terra.... we had one of the most uneven -- hence, disappointing -- meals of our lives there. Some of the food was ethereal, some of it (read tough, leathery sweetbreads!) was inedible. Our waiter was unable to answer our questions, and "Chef" (whom we assumed was Hiro Sone) was "unavailable" to answer.... The meal was very expensive. We will not go back.
ChefJune, I remember your post earlier expressing your disappointment in your meal at Terra. I can only think this was an aberration as the cuisine and service are usually top notch. I'm sorry this happened to you, and I again urge you to contact Hiro about your experience as it is not the norm.
I stand by Terra as one of the top two restos in Napa Valley.