Monday, February 11, 2013
Rate-A-Restaurant #291: Bon Vivant
Restaurant: Bon Vivant
Location: 3155 Glendale Blvd. (Atwater Village)
Type of restaurant: American, Cafe
We stipulated: Maria and I wanted to grab lunch nearby, but not hit one of our usual spots. It was time to try out Bon Vivant, which just opened last summer.
They stipulated: Bon Vivant serves both made-to-order entrees and various items in the deli case, which can be sold by individual servings for dining in.
What we ordered: Maria -- Grilled portabella mushroom burger with manchego cheese, duck egg and french fries ($13); Mike -- Jamaican spiced BBQ beef with sliced mangoes, papaya, orange wedges, fresh cilantro and a Spicy Greek Yogurt Aioli (half $8); kale salad $6
High point: Sauces for the fries include a Sriracha aioli sauce. Also like the deli case selection, and the homemade desserts look delicious.
Low point: The dishes themselves fell short. My Jamaican BBQ beef was way too fatty, and I wound up having to eat everything but it. Maria's mushroom burger strangely lacked flavor.
Overall impression: Bon Vivant has faced some growing pains, including a delay in getting its liquor license (some alcohol is now served). But it's a lively, big space and has great ambitions, so we'll be rooting for them to continue to iron out the kinks. We've since visited for breakfast, and had a much better experience.
Chance we'll go back: We may eventually try it again. But I'm afraid Bon Vivant hasn't yet made it to our regular Atwater Village rotation.