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Bastide Grand Dessert - unbelievable (a little long)

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Bastide Grand Dessert - unbelievable (a little long)

Bill | May 11, 2005 02:51 AM

Went to Bastide last night with the SO. We ordered a la carte and the dinner was amazing as usual but we decided to splurge and had the "Grand Dessert de Bastide". 9 or 10 courses I couldn't keep track. Started with a deconstucted tequila shot - a lot like the deconstructed bloody mary - lime ice, tequila gelee and salt foam, then pink soup with pop rocks, very fun (and loud) to eat. Then two more strawberry desserts - lychee and rosewater and then a macaroon with some kind of pastry cream - they called it something else, strawberry jam that tasted like fields of strawberries in my mouth withwhat tasted like 100 year old balsamic glaze, on the side was a shot glass with some wine granita and juice - sorry can't remember but it was cool, crisp and refreshing. then came the Bastide-ish part of the meal - caviar and creme fraiche panna cotta with caramel sauce and - I couldn't believe I was eating and enjoying - fried eggs cooked with pistachios and bacon ice cream. The chocolate courses were next - a tiny "Bailey's shot" which was more chocolate heaven that irish cream, followed by white chocolate cream poured table side over a chocolate brittany biscuit candied olives (it is bastide yall) and orange saffron sorbet. At first I was a bit nervous about the olives but their salty earthiness married beautifully with the cool white chocolate and tart ice cream. Last was a tiny chocolate cake with molten St something blue cheese inside with ice cream and cherries. Everything was plated beautifully with a restrained almost "asian" feel to the plate. The menu did not list the new pastry chef's name so I couldn't tell if these were his/her desserts or Lefervbe's. Having eaten there a few times with clients they felt a little like his, but a little not. The portions were just enough to savor but not too much to make you feel stuffed. And only $30.00! We split them and it was amazing. Don't know if they accept Dessert Only reservations but I could easily go back, skip dinner and have all to myself.

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