Son joins father at cozy, French bistro Le Bouchon in Bucktown

June 7, 2013 9:47:54 AM PDT
Le Bouchon in Bucktown is celebrating 20 years in Chicago, an anniversary few restaurants make.

Crocks of French onion soup and plates of tarte tatin have graced Jean-Claude Poilevey's cozy French bistro, Le Bouchon, for 20 years. Now, Poilevey's son, Oliver, is joining him in the kitchen- and adding a few touches of his own to the menu.

Le Bouchon
1958 N. Damen Ave.

All entrees served this week through Saturday, June 8 will be $19.93 each in celebration of their 20 years (1993-2013).

Old School:
Onion Tart and Saddle of Rabbit

New School:
Charcuterie plate and Grilled Octopus with Merguez Sausage

Grilled Octopus w/ Merguez Sausage

1 lbs baby octopus
4 merguez sausages
4 T harissa
4oz cherry tomatoes
Fresh basil chiffonade
2 oz frisee lettuce

Court Bouillon:
2 stalks celery
2 carrots
1 onion, roughly chopped
3 qt water
½ bottle white wine
Bay leaves
Fresh Thyme

Poach octopus in court bouillon until tender, 2-3 hours. Chill octopus and remove beaks. Meanwhile, roast cherry tomatoes until blistered. Grill octopus and merguez, about one minute.

Place a dollop of harissa in center of plate, add octopus and merguez, top with cherry tomatoes, basil and frisee.

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