#4: Cassoulet at Brasserie by Niche

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The rustic charm of Brasserie by Niche is evident in its design and its cassoulet. (Translation: We didn't have a picture of the damn cassoulet handy.) - JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
  • The rustic charm of Brasserie by Niche is evident in its design and its cassoulet. (Translation: We didn't have a picture of the damn cassoulet handy.)
The classic white-bean stew is served with pork (belly on my visit, shoulder more recently), a confit of duck leg and a garlicky pork sausage. The beans are the ideal texture, firm to the first bite but ultimately yielding. Each meat adds a distinct note -- luscious meat, salty duck, lightly peppery sausage -- and combine to make the Platonic ideal of hearty fare.

Brasserie by Niche
4580 Laclede Avenue; 314-454-0600
"Honest to Goodness" - February 4, 2010

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