It was a fantastic weekend in March for two reasons: Saturday was 77 degrees; and my mom was visiting. Yippee! I planned to spend the day in Alexandria with her because I don’t get to this neighborhood nearly as often as I should. So we headed to Bastille–an oldie, but a goodie that has recently moved to a new location a couple blocks away. This upscale, but comfortable French restaurant has all the makings of a classic go-to spot. Brunch was kindly on the house today.
We started off with two brunch cocktails. I ordered the blackberry Kir Royal. Lenore ordered the Parisian Morning, which was a mimosa with Aperol. We both were quite pleased with these beverages. We appreciated that they weren’t too sweet or syrupy. You could tell they were made with high quality ingredients and were light on the juice. We should also note how immaculate this restaurant was–there were no watermarks or streaky glassware to be found. You can tell that the waitstaff takes no short cuts.
Next, we ordered two salads and a cheese board. This cheese board was massive and carefully curated. We loved the price and portion. For just $18, we got to sample five different fromages. They came with surprisingly moist and flavorful fruit and nut bread on a bed of greens. Note that this spread didn’t come with many accouterments–just the bread, greens, and a few walnuts–but we liked that you weren’t paying for sides you might not need or enjoy. The cheeses were delightful. We loved the French goat, brie, and very strong blue cheeses. We would recommend ordering this spread to share.