I recently attended a Blogger night at Bagatelle. The restaurant is already well know for its party scene, but it could definitely use more shine for the delightful culinary creations of the talented chef Sébastien Chamaret. We were able to sample many of the signature dishes as well as some other delicious selections. By far my favorite dish was the Parisian Truffle Gnocchi.
The melt in your mouth bite sized pieces of gnocchi were covered with thin shaves of truffle. Unbelievable. The truffle was complimentary not overpowering the way truffle typically is overused. Truffle was actually present in several dishes and each time it enhanced the dish. The Whole Roasted Truffle Chicken was phenomenal.
The meat was juicy and fell right off the bone. The potatoes were lightly roasted and perfectly cooked; soft, but not mushy. The White Truffle Pizza was not what I expected at a french restaurant.
Again I was thrilled that the truffle was not overwhelming. The crust was perfectly crispy. The Ahi Tuna Tartare was fantastic.
Sushi grade tuna with lime soy vinaigrette on top of an avocado salad. I was a little bummed that I had to share it with other people at the table. The Salmon Tartare was good but not quite as impressive.
The mixture of fresh and smoked salmon was unique but the touch of cream threw it off a little. Generally the seafood entrees were not as well executed. The Thyme and Parmesan Crusted Scallops looked great.
They tasted fine. After so many great dishes, I was generally underwhelmed. The Grilled Salmon was also lacking.
It was cooked medium but lacked any seasoning and was unimpressive. The Calamari had a great presentation.
The polenta and tomato confit coupled with parsley butter added great flavor to the dish. The calamari was thin so it lacked the meatiness I usually prefer. While we were eating, the lights were turned down and the music turned up. By the end of the meal, I was spending more time singing and chair dancing than actually eating. The party won't stop at Bagatelle, but the food should be given due consideration. I highly recommend the gnocchi and the chicken. Several of the dishes are worth returning for and I can't wait to go back! Hungry yet?