Earlier this week a friend took me to dinner at Bastide for my birthday. The place is elegant and restful, and everyone was gracious. We toured the kitchen, which is a large and impressive operation.
Now the food. There were three printed menus, two for $90--one with pear in everything, the server assured us it would be alot of "fun"-- and one menu for $60; there was also a "chef's menu," an augmentation of one of the others. We picked the $60 menu, the "Traditional."
We started with an "amuse" of a bit of lobster wrapped in some sort of grassy nest--delicate and delicious. My starter course was "canneloni," cantaloupe beautifully wrapped around some more lobster described by russcar on this board a few days ago. I liked it somewhat less than he, I thought it had too faint a taste. My friend had fish soup with a parmesan toast which she said was wonderful. Both of us chose veal daube for our main course; the other two choices were john dory and monk fish and neither of us wanted fish. The veal had a fine dense flavor, was wonderfully tender, and was served with baby vegetables; excellent I thought. (My friend thought it was too ordinary, even for the cheapskate menu.) Then came a fine cheese course, unusual and wide choice. Then dessert, the choices organized around different flavors--coffee, orange, chocolate, lavender, etc.--each with a tart and matching ice cream. I picked coffee, which was a hazelnut and coffee-flavored tart, nice enough, and SUPERB espresso ice cream. Then a plate of little candies and cookies.
My friend ordered the champagne and wines by the glass, so I can't comment on the price of those.
I would not rush back. The food was very good, but not really outstanding. Moreover, I dislike the set-menu format, including the little speech you get with each course that seems endemic to this approach and not easily (politely) warded off.
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