Bastille is a must visit when you come to visit the Washington D.C. metro area. Set at the corner of North Fayette & Pendleton, this contemporary French restaurant is on the street level of The Asher, Old Town’s chic new apartment building. Bastille, just a ten to fifteen minute drive from Washington D.C., offers a fresh take on the classic French Brasserie with a menu fit for all ages. We sat on their outdoor patio space as the weather that morning was unbeatable. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day to explore the sites of D.C. Bastille has a European ambiance with the warmth of southern hospitality.
The waitstaff at Bastille was so genuine and attentive, but appropriately so. If a manual were to be written that highlighted quality service at a restaurant, it would quote Bastille throughout. Every staff member we met was so vigilant and personable. During our visit, we enjoyed Le Dejeuner, a Three Course Prix Fixe for $29 that includes one hors d’oeuvres, soup or salad, one sandwich or plat, and one dessert.
To start, my husband chose Charcuterie de Canard Maison: house-made duck prosciutto, rillettes, foie gras torchon, house mostarda, pain d’epices; and I had the Frisée & chèvre chaud: crispy goat cheese cromesqui, frisée salad, toasted walnuts, walnut vinaigrette. My husband was pleasantly surprised with not only the top quality taste but also the preparation. It is not that often that you find a restaurant that creates their own prosciutto and foie gras. The foie gras was not only buttery and salty, but it went well with the homemade French bread, and the French spiced walnut toast.
Our main courses were Le Croque Madame: grilled ham & cheese sandwich, Mornay sauce, topped with a fried egg and served with pommes frites and watercress; and I had La Gauffre, Oeufs, Bacon: one Brussel-style waffle, two fried eggs, Bacon, VA maple syrup. The Croque Madame was very lightly peppered not overly salted as your typical French restaurant. You tasted the real ingredients. Simple: the freshest ingredients with a touch of spice. I couldn’t have asked for a better waffle: a substantial, satisfying portion married to two brilliantly fried eggs.
For dessert, I ordered the Classique Crème Brûlée: vanilla bean custard, caramelized sugar topping; and our daughter had my husband’s dessert, Cookies and Cream: house baked cookies and vanilla ice cream. We just ordered it without ice cream as we were all so satisfied from our main meal. The cookies were peanut butter, which we took to go for Sarah to have later. As you may already know, I find crème brûlée to be the most irresistible dessert. It is a classy and elegant sweet ending with that creamy, fresh taste of vanilla with that perfect caramelized crunch. Theirs is one of their more popular dessert choices along with their Bread Pudding du Jour (which was a pumpkin bread pudding) and the Crème Caramel au fruit de la passion: passion fruit flavored crème caramel, almond tuile, passion fruit sorbet.
Bastille nailed each dish with fresh, flavorful ingredients. There was never a point where we felt rushed or unattended to. Have a look at their impressive wine list when you visit.
Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am to 10pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 9 pm. Lunch is served 11:30am-2:30 p.m and dinner is 5-10pm. Sunday dinner is 4-9pm. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am-3pm. Reservations by phone are encouraged. Happy Hour is Tuesday-Friday from 4-7 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm.
Bastille is available for private parties and events such as a company luncheon or a formal dinner party. Ample parking is available nearby.
Bastille will be hosting a Champagne Wine Dinner on Wednesday, December 14th from 6:30-9:30pm, and Christmas Eve Dinner on the 24th from 4-10pm.