An Old Market Staple. On May 25th, girlfriend and I were looking for food after a terrible experience at another establishment (see my other review for May 25, 2014). So after finding a pretty good parking spot on 11th St. we walked by La Buvette and saw a few tables open.
The "Shop", which is what they call it due to the many bottles of wine stacked for sale, is a small space. You seat yourself. And then they take care of you. It was about 8:30 on Sunday night and so the waiter stated that they were out of many of the weekends specials. Which was fine because they had plenty of other good stuff.
We sat at a table for two toward the back of the Shop. There is a concrete ramp that was at some point in time used to cart in goods or such when the Old Market was young. Our table overlooked the open kitchen, a small white candle lends some ambiance. That open kitchen, which is a very small space, is very efficient. The cook didn’t need to move much, he just used all 365-degrees around him to prepare an array of fresh, beautiful, and simple plates. The roasted beets with brie looked awesome. The mussels looked awesome. It was a great table to watch the preparations. The Shop’s large front doors were open and the café has a very open feel. We could see people moving by on the street.
About two minutes after we sat down, the waiter greeted us and we ordered two glasses of wine. The “by the glass list” is very good and reasonable. Service was rapid and soon after the wine arrived, we had a nice generous portion of pate’ to go with.
Dinner consisted of a very good meat and cheese plate (Which we watched the cook prepare). And some more wine as well.
This was a very good service. And so I bought a bottle of wine to go!
Thank you La Buvette.
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