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.
The salads were beautifully plated and delicious. I ordered the organic beet and chevre salad while my mom ordered the rock shrimp and avocado salad. Diners should note that they didn’t have much lettuce to them.
We didn’t mind, but if you’re craving a big ol’ helping of greens, we suggest the Caesar salad. I loved the yellow beets and fried goat cheese cromesqui. It was light and fresh and loaded with beets. Lenore loved the rock shrimp with avocado, grapefruit, and mango concoction. The Harissa aioli dressing pulled out all of the flavors.
The special of the day was a peanut butter and jelly French toast. Obviously we had to order this. We loved the refined take on this fun and playful dish. It was beautifully plated with two eggs and duck fat potato wedges. There was a perfect amount of PB & J sandwiched between two slices of brioche. The raspberry jam was made in-house without seeds which we appreciated. We highly recommend this dish–we wished it was a staple on the menu!
I went with the hanger steak and eggs. I ordered my steak medium rare and my eggs scrambled. The steak was cooked well and very tasty. The eggs were surprisingly flavorful and delicious! The duck fat home fries just tasted like normal potatoes to me, they were okay. My piece of advice would be to ask for your eggs on a separate plate if you are bothered by steak juice encroaching on the rest of your meal.
As if we didn’t eat enough already, we ordered two desserts. We couldn’t pass up the caramelized waffle with apple compote and ice cream or the cookies and cream. We teased our lovely and excellent waiter about the lack of chocolate on the menu. He informed us that the special cookies of the day were chocolate chip–so clearly we had to order those as well.
The cookies and cream were served with two cookies and two little scoops of vanilla ice cream. Perfect for sharing! We wouldn’t have minded if the cookies were served warm. The Liège-style waffle was very tasty. The apple compote was out of this world!
The Bitches say: A-. This is your go-to spot for an upscale brunch south of the city. We loved the special French toast and cheese platter.
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
606 North Fayette Street