Aixois Brasserie celebrates first birthday in a spirited fashion

  • Aixois bartender David Dillistin has a Parisian cocktail for you this weekend.

This weekend, chef Emmanual Langlade and his wife, Megan – as well as the entire staff of the Aixois Brasserie at 1006 Walnut – will be in celebration mode. Proving the naysayers wrong, the Aixois Brasserie will fete the first anniversary of the downtown boite this Friday and Saturday with live enterainment and a reverse happy hour from 9 p.m. to midnight featuring $5 glasses of house wine, $3 well cocktails, an array of small plates priced from $3 to $7, and the introduction of the new Parisian-inspired cocktail list.

Muscular bartender David Dillistin, a transplant to Kansas City from Afghanistan, not Paris (he was a civilian researcher for the Department of Defense), will be muddling fresh blueberries with VSOP cognac and creme de violette to create one of the Brasserie’s new signature cocktails, an Imperial Blueberry Fizz, topped with champagne.

The beverage is a pleasant accompaniment to the house-made pate or a chilled shrimp cocktail, but don’t ask for the foie gras. The goose-liver delicacy remains a popular dish at Aixois Bistro, the Brookside restaurant that the Langlades opened in 2001, but patrons at the downtown restaurant simply weren’t ordering it, so Emmanuel took it off the Brasserie’s menu.

“It’s been a real learning experience for us,” says Megan Langlade. “What does very well in Brookside often does not do well downtown. And vice versa. The clientele of the restaurants is very different.”

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