Popular French Bistro Features Flavorful Bouillabaisse


WASHINGTON (JCHAYWARD.COM) –Chef Driss Zahidi from Bistro Vivant visited JC Hayward on Tuesday to bring authentic flavors of traditional French cuisine to WUSA9 with his outstanding Bouillabaisse.

Bistro Vivant highlights a menu of escargots, hanger steak & frites, and duck confit, which incorporate only the freshest ingredients from local farms. The restaurant is located at 1394 Chain Bridge Road in McLean, Va.

The escargots dish is out of this world good, and a must try!

See Chef Driss Zahidi’s Bouillabaisse Recipe below.


For the broth:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 peppercorns
  • 2 sprigs Fennels
  • 1 pound fish bones
  • Water to cover
  • 1 cup white wine

For the Bouillabaisse:

  • Pinch of Saffron
  • 1 cup leeks, julienned
  • 3 cups tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 cup fennel, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 pounds assorted fresh fish from the Mediterranean such as whiting, squid, sea bass, monkfish, skate wings, cleaned and scaled
  • 1 large lobster
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound mussels
  • 1/2 pound littleneck clams
  • Salt and pepper


For the Rouille: 1 red pepper, roasted and peeled 2 cloves garlic, 1 piece of white bread torn into pieces 1 egg yolk 1 tablespoonDijon mustard Juice of one lemon Salt and pepper 1/2 cup olive oil Garnish: 12 slices of crusty French bread. For the broth: In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and celery. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add thebay leaves, peppercorns, and thyme. Add the fish bones, water and wine. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain.

For the Bouillabaisse: Place the stock on the heat and bring to a simmer. Add the saffron, leeks, tomatoes,orange juice, orange zest, fennel, garlic, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Add the fish and lobsters. Cook for 8 minutes. Add the shrimp, mussels, and clams. Cook for 6 minutes, or until the shells have opened. Discard any shells that do not open. Season with salt and pepper.

For the Rouille: In a food processor, combine all the ingredients, except for the oil. Puree until smooth. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil. Season the emulsion with salt and pepper.

To assemble: Remove the seafood from the pan and place on a large platter. Pour the stock into a serving bowl. Serve the Rouille and crusty bread on the side of the Bouillabaisse. For individual servings, arrange the seafood in a shallow dish. Ladle the stock over the seafood. Drizzle the Rouille over the crusty bread.