Is Bouchon recommended for lunch, brunch, or dinner?
According to the website, the raw bar, chicken and waffles, and trout almondine are the only differences between the breakfast and brunch menu. I've been there about a dozen times for brunch and the wait can be really long. On the contrary, the wait for weekday breakfast (the one time I've had breakfast there) was non-existant. That being said, I really like the seafood and chicken and waffles. I've never been there for dinner.
We've been once for brunch and twice for breakfast, and loved it both times - given the choice I'd take brunch because of the chicken and waffles, plus they had jelly filled beignets that were incredibly delicious. Never been for dinner but I'd highly highly highly recommend it for a morning meal (re: brunch lineups, we were there at 9am on a Saturday and walked right in. Might get busier later)
I'm not sure what the term "throwaway" means. I've had brunch at Bouchon maybe 4 times. Each time has been uniformly excellent with very little wait time. As well, the service is top-notch. I highly recommend it!