The Bastide Experience

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Me and my champagne.

Bastide was a wonderful french restaurant that opened a few years back to great acclaim and then suddenly disappeared for revamping.  After several years, the restaurant reopened this September with a new chef (ex-Patina chef Walter Manzke) and a new look (still modern with lots of white, but less provincial than before), but the food is still as wonderful and special and the service as attentive as before.  I was looking forward to this meal for weeks, and this is how the evening unfolded:

- We began with some rose champagne and spiced nuts - fruity and full-bodied, not too sweet, a lovely way to begin any meal.

- We were then escorted to our table in an intimate dining room.  The menu choices were either (i) the 4-course prix fixe or (ii) the 7-course prix fixe.  As we are horribly greedy eaters, we all opted for the latter choice.

Our artistic snack basket - breadsticks, cheese twists and sweet potato chips.
  As you can see from the picture of the menu, the choices are a bit vague - i.e., "fish", "pasta", "cheese" ... which gives the chef ample flexibility to serve the freshest ingredients of the day, but which requires a lot of faith and trust on your part.  To tide us over, we were provided with breadsticks (ok), sweet potato chips (crisp, spiced with paprika - yum) and little cheese puffs (delicious and still warm).  Then the bread guy appeared with a lovely basket of bread:  brioche with bacon, brioche with cheese, olive, rosemary potato and french baguette - each fresh and piping hot from the oven.... I think I had four in total.  (you can't be on the atkins diet here - the bread is just too good!)

- Then came the 3 amuses bouche - the first, a interpretation of the lobster taco with a shot of pure clear salsa, a bite of lobster with guacamole puree and a shot of tequila with lime sorbet, second, a hamachi sashimi with a spicy kick, and, the third, tuna tartar on uni gelee.

The simple menu.

- The next course was the thai curry seafood soup - a bed of plump prawns and scallops, covered with a thai carrot and coconut soup, infused with garlic.  Super delicious and comforting - i could have bathed in this stuff.  I think this was my favorite!

- Then, grilled sea bass on a pea (?) puree, surrounded by grilled octopus and squid.  The fish was so tender and delicately sweet; the grilled octopus and squid, perfectly smoky and plump.

- Then, pumpkin ravioli with pork belly and parmesan cheese, drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar - the ravioli was lovely and sweet, the pork belly flavorful and the vinegar was so thick and syrupy ... yum... maybe this was my favorite...

- Then, short rib with small veggies - fork-tender meat that melted in your mouth.

the "lobster taco".
  I also had a bite of my friend's duck - really lovely (not too gamey).

- The cheese course followed - wonderful little bites from goat cheese, triple cream, blue cheese, etc. served with sweet accompaniments of jam, fruit, and warm toasty raisin bread.

- A melon cocktail cleansed our palates - lime sorbet immersed in a watermelon juice bath.

- then dessert - a chocolate souffle with green tea ice cream and coconut cream, and a shot of warm chocolate milk.

- as if that wasn't enough, we each got 2 pieces of homemade chocolates - I had earl gray and hazelnut.

At this point, i just wanted to curl up and go to sleep.  :)

When we were ready to leave, we were treated with a visit to the kitchen to meet the chef.

mmmm bread ... the bacon brioche was the best!
  he was very nice, but it was a little strange to be intruding in their space.  Then I headed home for bed.  After a 3 1/2 hour meal, there's little else one can do.

the complimentary valet parking was a nice touch.

Bastide is a wonderful special occasion restaurant but it is expensive.  The two menus are $80 (4-course) and $100 (7-course).  Wine pairings are $80 / $100 respectively.  But it's worth every penny.

The restaurant is located at 8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA.

TRE69 says:
sounds absolutely yummy!
Posted on: Feb 04, 2008
jenn79 says:
Oh my goodness, that's gorgeous!
Posted on: Feb 04, 2008
mellemel8 says:
OMG i want to go here next time.
Posted on: Oct 13, 2007
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Me and my champagne.
Me and my champagne.
Our artistic snack basket - breads…
Our artistic snack basket - bread…
The simple menu.
The simple menu.
the lobster taco.
the "lobster taco".
mmmm bread ... the bacon brioche w…
mmmm bread ... the bacon brioche …
Hamachi sashimi with chili flakes.
Hamachi sashimi with chili flakes.
Tuna tartar on uni gelee.
Tuna tartar on uni gelee.
Thai curry soup - carrot/coconut/g…
Thai curry soup - carrot/coconut/…
Grilled sea bass surrounded by squ…
Grilled sea bass surrounded by sq…
Pumpkin ravioli with pork belly an…
Pumpkin ravioli with pork belly a…
Short ribs surrounded by veggies.
Short ribs surrounded by veggies.
Duck breast with an array of veggi…
Duck breast with an array of vegg…
Cheese plate.
Cheese plate.
Melon cocktail.
Melon cocktail.
Chocolate souffle and shot of choc…
Chocolate souffle and shot of cho…
Homemade chocolates.
Homemade chocolates.
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