When Brassiere Mon Chou Chou opened its doors in San Antonio, amid a global pandemic, it was immediately evident that the new French-inspired restaurant had something special.
The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with a stylish mix of traditional French fare and modern Texas flair. But what really sets Brassiere Mon Chou Chou apart from other restaurants in the area?
It's not just the food (which we'll get to), but also an ambiance that will make you feel like you're dining in Paris itself!
"Brasserie Mon Chou Chou features quintessential French comfort food that showcases simple, earthy, flavorful dishes from regions throughout France." Brasserie Mon Chou Chou website
Walking up to Brasserie, one gets the feeling of a Paris cafe. The kind where famous writers meet for a croissant and coffee. With tables set up in the front, the vibe is immediate. Walking inside, the vibrancy is palpable, as is the energy.
At first, I thought it was due to the relative newness of the restaurant. Still, it became apparent that this is truly what Brasserie is about.
We were greeted upon entering, and it's a good thing we had made reservations because the place was bustling. Nearly every table was full, both inside and out, and we were led to our quaint two-top right near the window with a perfect view of The Pearl
Before I go on and share Our food experience, it's worth noting where the restaurant's name comes from. "Mon Chou Chou" literally translates to "my darling" and is an affectionate french nickname given to a person who is special or close to you. That special someone who completes you or is "the one."
So it was perfectly fitting that it was my wife and me here on this visit.
Simply put, you cannot go wrong. The menu features quintessential French comfort food that showcases simple, earthy, flavorful dishes from regions throughout France.
We started with two mimosas, and while in and of itself, a mimosa is "standard" with OJ and champagne (or sparkling wine), for some reason, the taste and flavor hit our taste buds just right.
Our waiter made some suggestions and to be honest, everything on the menu looked spectacular.
Things like the crisp duck confit in a green peppercorn sauce or the Lobster Bisque with its puff pastry cap, every single item here was tempting to say the least.
My wife ordered the Omelet Aux Champignons et Herbs, with seasonal mushroom and fresh herbs. It came with a side of French country potatoes. For me, I had the Confit De Canard au Poivre Vert. Aka: Crisp duck confit in a green peppercorn sauce. While we waited, we ordered the classic escargots in a garlic butter sauce.
The escargots came out hot and ready, and even the accompanying baguette was incredible. I'm a fan of the buttery delights, and my wife not so much, but together we managed to eat the whole appetizer. It was that good.
Our entrees arrived soon after.
The dishes were both presented beautifully and are picture-worthy for sure. My wife's omelet was perfectly cooked and so delicious I almost wish I had ordered the same. The potatoes on the side were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. In short, the omelet and potato combo were perfect.
On the duck confit. In a word, it was Magnifique! Perfectly cooked, and the peppercorn sauce was just right. I cannot say enough good things about the food, suffice it to say.
As if it couldn't get any better, we then moved on to dessert.
Of course, being a fan of creme brulee, it was a no-brainer.
Like the rest of the meal, the creme brulee did not disappoint. Served with fresh, mixed berries, the custardy, vanilla, sweet delight was the perfect end to an excellent meal.
And all with my very own "mon chou chou."
“Brasserie Mon Chou Chou is a true San Antonio gem. The place, ambiance, and food make you feel in the backstreets of Blvd. St. Germain. Simply wonderful, keep up the good service!" Opentable Review
The final bite
In it's won way, Brassiere Mon Chou Chou manages to capture the essence of a Parisian bistro in the heart of South Texas. This new restaurant succeeds on every level, from the cuisine to the service, environment, and vibe.
Location: in the Pearl district near the entrance of the hotel Emma at 312 Pearl Parkway Building 2