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Fantastic Experience at Bonne Soiree in Chapel Hill

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I thought I would post a note about my recent dinner at Bonne Soiree. I'm sure it doesn't need much more press after the Bon Appetit article, but I thought I would do it in appreciation of a fine experience. Being an international foodie, I'm always on the lookout for a total dining experience in the Triangle. There are some great restaurants, but so often they miss on one or more of the many aspects that take a restaurant from good to great.

My wife and I read about Bonne Soiree and decided to give it a shot. We are glad we did. The chef's execution of dishes was flawless. Everything was exactly as it should have been. Textbook in every sense. My lamb was done flawlessly, the vegetables were tender and crisp at the same time. We did the wine pairing and each offering perfectly complemented our dishes. On top of the food, the service was also outstanding. Helpful and insightful, without being overbearing. The knowledge of the dishes, food sourcing and wine was terrific.

We left there feeling very pleased with the entirety of the experience. Sure, it wasn't cheap but I don't think this is the kind of place you go to every night for take out. It was well worth the expense and certainly wasn't out of line pricewise with any other nice establishment in the area. The wine pairing was actually a fantastic deal.

All in all, a great time. I highly recommend it for a special night out.

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  1. How much did it come to, if you don't mind me asking?

    Also, what's the dress code? Quite how formal is it?

    1. I'm glad you had a great time, but, I completely and totally disagree with you about the wine pairing being a good deal. The waiter told us it was the equivalent of 2 1/2 glasses of wine. It was $30 for 2 1/2 glasses of wine (there were $7-9 glasses of wine on the menu). Three of us ordered the wine pairing, and all three of us were extremely disappointed with at least 2 our of the 4 wines, particularly the Rose starter. Blech.

      (The food was excellent, though)

      1. It's funny-- everything I've read absolutely raves about the food, but doesn't always come away doing the same with regard to service. Glad to hear that your evening went so well. Can you talk a little more about your menu?

        1. Trying to keep stuff together, including various recommendations and without having to recomment about stuff like the good wine-tasting/pairing:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/347346