Food Review – Boise City 08/04/09 by Ollie
April 10, 2009, 1:43 am
Filed under: CHAFF


So we stayed the night in Boise City, whilst on our way to Seattle from Denver.  We did some research whilst on the way there and found a suitable place to get some food.  They stopped serving food at 10, but we gave them prior warning and they seemed happy to keep the kitchen open for a group of 10.  Well the manager was, the chef gave us a few glares.  Or perhaps he didn’t like my face?

We went to a place called Bardenay’s which was a restaurtant and a distillery.  They brewed they’re own gin and vodka.  Now this place was a bar and did typical pub grub such as burgers but they also did a lot more.  I went for the Grilled Trout Fillet.  This came with a caper and balsamic reduction sauce, garlic mash potatoes and vegetables of the day, which today was asparagus.


It was a decent size piece of trout.  Grilled expertly so that the outer edges were crispy whilst the inner flesh was still soft and flakey.  Despite it being a meaty fish, this trout was very light.  The sauce was very good, the pepperiness of the capers contrasting well with the sweetness of the balsamic vinegar.  There was a level of spiciness that struck my tongue as the food passed over it.  The sauce was perhaps a bit too thick for the trout, but they went together well.

The mash potato was very smooth and creamy, with the slightest hint of garlic.  Too much garlic would have overwhelmed the creaminess of the potatoes.  The asparagus was tender whilst maintaining some crunch.  This provided a good contrast to the softness of the fish and the creaminess of the potato.

The one let down was the wedge of bread on the side along with a couple of chilies.  I’m assuming the chilies were there purely for a garnish, and the spiciness of the sauce there was no need for them.  The bread despite being fresh and crusty, in my opinion was there to soak up the alcohol and encourage you to buy more beer.

For a dish of this quality you would expect to pay at least £12 back home in the UK, but it was only $11.95, which was exceptional value.

We finish our journey in Seattle, so we see what it has to offer us hungry travellers.


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