My friend Jeff and I have made it custom to catch up over dinner or dessert when he is visiting home. This past occasion, we went to Bouchon Bistro in Yountville. While I’ve been to the bakery for a sweet fix, I’ve never been in the restaurant for dinner or dessert. Jeff ordered two orders of Bouchon’s famed profiteroles (yes, two orders), and I was trying to mop up the drool pouring down my chin after the server mentioned a special of the evening: Le Bouchon.
Apparently, le bouchon translates to wine corks (according to Google Translate it’s actually “les bouchons de liège” but who am I to tell Thomas Keller what to call a dessert in his restaurant?).
The “bouchon” part of dessert consisted of three decadently rich chocolate brownies (in the shape of corks). The smear in the center of the plate was a creamy caramel sauce. A homemade, toasted marshmallow, and a scoop of chocolate sorbet, made in-house, were also on the plate. This was easily the most decadent dessert I’ve ever had. So delish! I would make it a top priority, should you ever venture into the Napa Valley, and head up to Yountville