Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Gastropub: Bouzy

Gastropub is one of the latest craze to hit LA, next to the food truck madness. So what is a gastropub? It originally means a U.K. pub serving good food or a licensed bar that serves high-quality food. A combination of pub and gastronomy = gastropub. Father's Office is really the one that started the whole revolution. Even though they were plenty before them, Father's Office was one of the first ones to garner attention for its great higher end barfood served in a more relax atmosphere with a huge selection of draft brews to complement it.

There have been a few popping up in the South Bay area, specifically along the beach cities so last Friday we decided to check out Bouzy in Redondo Beach.

1611 S Catalina Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Bouzy is actually inside a restaurant called Chez Melange, which serves American/French cuisine. Near the end of last year, they added a gastropub to the front of the restaurant that serves new American fusion with a fairly big selections of brews.

Front of the restaurant/gastropub.

They got quotes about food all around the bar and I absolutely love this one: "You are only as good as your last meal"

Picture of the bar from where we were seated.

Being in a pub you gotta order some beers. They have a huge selection on draft but I went for an oatmeal malt. Others tried an IPA, pilsner, and a hefe. Unfortunately I don't remember the names but my oatmeal malt.. tasted like an oatmeal cookie haha.

First thing served: mac & cheese! Three kinds of cheeses, jalapenos, and bacon with a golden cheesy crust on top from being baked in the oven.

Truffle parmesan fries. For real, this is the best fries in the world. Omg cant beat the comination of truffle oil and the saltiness of parmesan. Favorite dish of the night.

"Italian" chile fries. Bolognese meat sauce, parmesan, and mozzarella. Who knew pasta meat sauce goes so well with fries! Haha really strong herbs at work here too. Interesting take on "chili fries."

Pulled pork sandwich with black eyed peas salad. Slow braised pulled pork, cole slaw, carolina bbq sauce, and pickles. Very sweet sauce and the pork was really tender. Also my first time having black eyed peas.

"Kogi" dog. All-beef hot dog, kimchi, roasted shishito peppers, and chinese mustard. I'm sure they got their inspiration from Kogi BBQ haha but wow that chinese mustard really kicks in this dog. It was actually too much at certain point. Gotta ask for it on the side next time. The roasted peppers was amazing but itself. Really mild flavors.

Pancho burger "knife & fork." Bacon, avocado, beef patty, chile relleno, and Frank's hot sauce vinaigrette. Pretty much an opened face, deconstructed burger haha. Really awesome when you get everything together for that one glorious bite.

(sorry for the blurry picture hahah. it was starting to get hard to take pics with all that beer :P)

So my friend Calvin ordered a 2nd beer that costs more than any of the others and it came in a smaller glass. It was crazy. Brewed with different kind of malts and hops and the flavors that came out of it was extremely confusing in a good way. It started off as something really hoppy but it changes and it is as if the beer changes turns from a hoppy beer to something mellow as you roll it around your tongue. It was like drinking 3-4 types of beer at once hahah. Crazy good.

I love this place. Nice cool little chic neighborhood spot right in Redondo that's open late. They rotate about 8-10 beers on draft and also got about 30 or so microbrews so definitely going back and trying out some of them. Gotta get more of the truffle parmesan fries!!