We went to Bastide on Friday night - four of us, at the wonderful hour of 9PM. Why 9PM is all that's available after 6, I don't know. We arrived at 8:45 actually, and there were plenty of tables open in the front courtyard . . .
I really don't understand where all the money went. This is basically a converted, typical LA house. We ate in the living room - redone with sheetrock walls, Home Depot-esque light fixtures, nice oak floors, and no moulding or art whatsoever. Nothing.
The wicker chairs were a bit weird and we did some switching around to make sure that everyone was at least somewhat happy. I had heard that $2M was spent on the remodeling and the furnishings - I don't see where it went.
We opted for the 10 course chefs menu, with 2 of the 4 of us choosing to stay with veg/seafood dishes. The chef and waitstaff were nicely accomodating on this point.
The standout items were: the dried-apricot sorbet mentioned elsewhere on Chowhound, the black truffle risotto which was a sub for a meat dish in the lineup, the sauce that came with the squab, and the palate cleanser of grapefruit sorbet bathed in vermouth. The cheese course was very good and very abundant - we chose from probably 10 types of cheese.
But even as good as those were - they weren't Great. They were very, very good, but I was expecting a top-ten meal here. The morels that came with my veal were tasteless. Many of the desserts just didn't get over the edge.
For $50 per person total, this would have been a fine meal. But at $150 a person and having to eat at 9, I just don't think I'll be back.
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