Alex found Bashan after a thorough search of places that would accommodate my pickiness for Valentine’s Day, and I’m so glad he did! He called ahead to see if they would create a separate vegetarian prix fixe for me, and lucky for us, they happily obliged. The meal began with a delicious amuse bouche of cilantro, leek and roasted chestnuts- all topped with korean chili. I wished we could have had more than a few sips…if this hadn’t been a fine dining establishment I most certainly would have slurped down the entire thing! My first course was their burrata bresoala (sans bresoala), which was paired with persimmon, and sun-dried tomatoes, among other things. It was light and delicious- although lacking a salty component (cue the bresoala). Alex’s kampachi was fresh, unique and really enjoyable, however he found the lime quite overwhelming. The second course for both of us, definitely my favourite, was a mushroom risotto with truffle foam. That might sound a bit too bougie for some, but it wasn’t an easy gimmick- both of us savoured every bite, and wished that we could have entire serves of the risotto! Next up was a butternut squash soup topped with korean chili for me- I was a bit wary of this since I usually find butternut based things too sweet and creamy, however this fear was completely alleviated due to the inclusion of the korean chili. The cinnamon oil that topped it may have been a bit much though, I honestly would have preferred a chili oil to balance out the inherent sweetness. Alex’s scallops were nicely seared and the sides were amazing, I found myself stealing quite a lot! The fourth course, which was the one course they were specially preparing for me, was what I was most excited for, because of the element of surprise. I was also excited to see what a decidedly meat-based restaurant could come up with. Needless to say, I was fairly disappointed when a plate of roasted vegetables (aka every vegetable that had been served as a side throughout the evening) was placed in front of me. However, after a few bites, I didn’t care. Every vegetable on that place was roasted, glazed and spiced to perfection. After the soup I was pretty full, so I was really happy to have a plate of nicely done veggies placed in front of me, even if it lacked creativity. The Loup de Mer was nice and crispy, and the shaved fennel was a surprising yet welcome addition. Finally, dessert was absolutely incredible. The ice cream didn’t taste too much like coffee, which was good for me, and the cheesecake was really light and the crumble base was delicious and rich. Even though they lacked creativity when preparing a vegetarian prix fixe (with warning, at that) we still enjoyed what Bashan had to offer, and they helped contribute to a wonderful evening for the both of us.
My prix fixe:
Alex’s Prix Fixe