Food is Happiness

Bouchon's Ad Hoc Fried Chicken

Posted on: February 29, 2012

My sister sent me an email about Chef Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc Fried Chicken being served for one night only at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills. She emailed me a blog link as well as a JPEG flyer. 

So we set ourselves to go check it out.

I want to formally say that I love fried chicken. I f’ing love fried chicken. I enjoy fast food fried chicken such as Popeye’s, Brown’s Chicken, and KFC.

After tasting two pieces pieces of the ad hoc fried chicken, I found it to be good, but not great. Sorry to disappoint readers that were expecting me to say it was the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. Don’t get me wrong, it was really good, but didn’t really meet my expectations of what I thought was supposed to be the greatest fried chicken ever.

It’s possible that I set my expectations too high. Maybe I didn’t eat it correctly. I didn’t eat the chicken with the fried herbs. It ended up tasting somewhat one-dimensional. Good chicken, but not the most flavorful meat I’ve had. The fried chicken was simple, clean, and a great balance of meat and flouring. But I honestly wanted to add some sauce to it– some Tobasco or Louisiana hot sauce. Does that make me ghetto?

So enough on the chicken. Since I don’t eat cheese, we also ordered sides of the spinach and fries. The spinach was really good. So was the table bread.

Overall though, I didn’t find the dinner to be anywhere near the hype.

Bouchon Bistro
235 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210