brewery vivant, decoded

Tonight Todd and I met another couple, Tiffany and Jeremy, at Brewery Vivant for dinner after work.  Last time we had dinner there, we ordered a cheese board and a burger to share and both choices were delicious.  Part of the reason that we ordered these items was that we knew what they were.  You see Brewery Vivant isn’t your average brewery.  It is a Belgian and French inspired brewery and they take their food seriously.

Their menu includes items like bouillabaisse, sage tagliatelle, courgette anna, poussin and concassé.  Ummmm….what?

I’ve eaten a lot of food in many countries and tried many different types of world cuisine but I guess French food has never really been my thing.  In fact, I’m not sure that I’ve ever been to a French restaurant.  Since I like to be an informed diner, I spent some time at work today searching the internet to find out what these terms mean.

poussin = spring chicken, chick

tagliatelle = a type of pasta

courgette = zucchini

concassé = chopped tomatoes


With my newfound knowledge, I decided to order the Roasted Poussin which was delicious.  The chicken was moist and the broth was just interesting enough to give the dish some character.  Although I must admit, I was a tad envious of Jeremy’s fries – I’ve had those before at Brewery Vivant and they’re really good!

We had a great time at dinner.  Jeremy and Tiffany are new friends and it was nice to spend some time getting to know them better.  Thanks for coming to dinner, guys!

There are still a lot more choices on their menu that I haven’t tried and since it’s a 5 minute walk from home, I’m sure we’ll be there many more times over the summer.  Maybe next time I’ll try the Pulled Duck Confit Nachos, although I’m not that into duck.

Do you ever have a hard time decoding a menu?

If you don’t know exactly what something is, will you order it?