West Boca will get a its own serving of “modern American French country cuisine with a farm-to-table emphasis” when Bistro Gastronomie opens later this month in Yamato Village Center.
Chef-owner of the elegant eatery is William Walden, a 30-year vet of the dining game who comes to our little corner of paradise from the Goodstone Inn in Northern Virginia, where he earned quite a reputation for his “farm to fork” culinary ethos.
In Boca, Walden’s restaurant will seat 150 and feature a swanky design by Shuster Design Associates of Wilton Manor that’s said to include “private banquette seating, a beautiful bar, fine woods, crystal chandeliers and French artwork.”
The lengthy menu, which also includes kosher selections, promises first courses from French onion soup topped with molten Gruyere and hot and cold foie gras with Sauternes gelee, salads from simple greens to a delectable-sounding poached artichoke and blue crab with Meyer lemon vinaigrette, and entrees like the traditional tournedos Rossini and Provencal-style seared diver scallops
There’s also a quartet of dishes for two assembled tableside, among them grouper en croute and rack of lamb with Lyonnaise potatoes. Walden also promises “theme dinners, wine tastings, degustation menus, prix fixe and a la carte menus.”
It all sounds interesting, but West Boca is a very tough market, as even a savvy local restaurateur like Dennis Max found out, so hungry Francophiles should keep their fingers and toes crossed that Bistro Gastronomie has some staying power.