Eat This: Bouchon

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Your job: Get to the restaurant. Our job: Help you order. This week, NBCLA's Eat This journey takes us out for...

Bouchon in Beverly Hills: It's the new restaurant from French Laundry maestro Thomas Keller.

Bistro time: Chef Keller likes the convivial, casual, frites-filled space that is the bistro. No fuss, some lingering, plenty of wine, the occasional croque madame, a pile of garlicky mussels or hefty triangle of quiche. That is the heart of Bouchon.

Opening party: Glittery. Attendees at the Monday, November 16th soiree included Ludacris, Ryan Seacrest, Aziz Ansari, and Julia Louis Dreyfus.

Public bow: Set for Wednesday, November 18th.

Dish we'd like to try: Gnocchi à la Parisienne. Because, well, gnocchi. But the beurre noisette has piqued our butter-seeking interests. It's 25.75.

Other Bouchons: There's a location in Yountville -- no surprise there, as that's Kellerland -- and Las Vegas. The Southern California outpost is at 235 N. Canon in Beverly Hills.

We like: The fanning palms and gilt-laden mirrors and other fin de siècle touches. Bistro chic, indeed.

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