Fête des pères
A Family Gathering at Bastille for Father’s Day
Christophe Poteaux is the father of three. He is also chef/owner, along with his wife, Michelle, of Bastille restaurant. As both chef and father, Christophe has the conundrum of balancing his own special day with creating memories for other fathers and their families.
Every Sunday from 5-9 p.m., at his restaurant, Chef Christophe brings back a family tradition of gathering around the table, along with the rest of the family; to savor a home cooked meal. On Father’s Day, he offers a special dinner with selections that are sure to delight the entire brood. At Michelle’s home, Sundays were spent at her grandmother’s house where her great grandmother would prepare a huge family luncheon with hand churned ice cream for dessert, after which Michelle and her Dad would go to the local pond to fish.
The chefs Poteaux combine these memories to bring Dad together with the family for a special Father’s Day Dinner. The $49 (exclusive of tax and gratuities) three course meal features starters of local tomato, cucumber and feta cheese salad, with oregano, chives and basil; salad of compressed melon, Fromage blanc mousse, olive oil, sea salt and basil; terrine of foie gras with blackberry gel, macerated summer berries and spice bread or beignets of shrimp, corn and basil served with aioli. Main courses are selections of the best of land and sea with choices like grilled Maine lobster & paella with slow baked rice with tomato, peppers, green beans, roasted garlic, Spanish chorizo and saffron lobster broth; grilled Angus grass fed Ribeye steak with sauce Anchoiade, pommes frites, and summer vegetables; Surf & Turf--sautéed crab cake, made of locally harvested lump crabmeat, pan-seared medallion of grass fed Angus beef filet and summer vegetables; pan-roasted Moullard duck breast “aiguillettes” with confit new potatoes and garlic in duck fat, grilled local peaches and honey lavender gastrique sauce; and fish du jour.
Chef Michelle adds her sinfully moist and delicious chocolate cake with fudge icing and homemade vanilla bean ice cream—like grandma used to make—along with creamy homemade frozen goodies like Coupe Noisette, summer fruit cobbler “a la mode;” and Coupe sorbet.
Bastille, named to Washingtonian’s top 100 restaurants in 2008-2011, winner of the Wine Spectator’s award of excellence since their opening 5 years ago and RAMMY nominated for ‘Best Neighborhood Gathering Place” in 2012 for is located at 1201 N. Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Bastille is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and dinner. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 703-519-3776; or online at Open Table: http://www.opentable.com/bastille. For more information, log onto www.bastillerestaurant.com