Allow me to crawl out of my food coma to tell you about the Bourgeois Pig.
Nestled in the center of one of my favorite city blocks, among grab-and-go greats like Luke's Lobster, Porchetta and Caracas Arepa Bar, is a haven for the Holy Trinity of foods to live for: wine, cheese and chocolate.
You may miss it if you don't know what you're looking for, so take note: the front is reminiscent of a castle with large white stones and wooden window shutters, framed by red torch-style lights, with just a chalkboard marking the entrance. Enter through the red velvet curtain into a dimly-lit room of Victorian style couches and chaise lounges surrounding small tables with marble tops.
Alycia, our friend Iris and I got cozy on some of the couches and ordered the Provence champagne punch. The flavors were perfect. Alycia said it tasted like Summer and Winter at the same time. Don't ask me what that means, but I was inclined to agree (maybe the bubbles went straight to my head).
For fondue, we had the lobster bisque. Now please understand, this was my first fondue experience so I have nothing to hold it against, but this bisque was perfection. Lobster and shrimp broths with melted cheddar and a little spicy kick. It was served with assorted roasted vegetables (potatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, artichoke hearts) and bread points. The fondue itself had chunks of shrimp and lobster in it, which came in handy when we ran out of dippers.
We finished with room for dessert, and decided on the 50/50 fondue, with white and dark chocolates. The dessert portion was extremely generous and included bananas, strawberries, raspberries, two kinds of cake (I think lemon loaf and chocolate banana bread), grapes and apples.The white chocolate was my favorite, flavored with edelflower and lemon zest. When we were near finished the waitress (who was lovely, by the way), brought us spoons "to get at the bottom" of the fondue. We didn't think we would attempt this, but suddenly found ourselves spooning addictively at the pound cake that divided the two chocolates.
We will be back.
Pro tip: arrive early. We came during a little snow-storm and the place was empty at 6:30, but completely packed by the time we left a few hours later. I can't imagine what a normal evening is like.
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