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Bastide: Stay away, an unpleasant dining experience.


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Bastide: Stay away, an unpleasant dining experience.

Food Scrounger | | Oct 21, 2007 12:48 AM

We just returned home from an awful dining experience at Bastide. This was our second visit to the restaurant.

We have been dining at the Bastide space for about 25-30 years, starting when the restaurant was Le Restaurant. We always loved the space and wished every restaurant that opened there nothing but the best.

Our first meal at Bastide was about a month ago. Four of us dined there and found the food good, with some dishes mediocre and others quite good. After the meal, each of the four concluded the meal was nothing special and concluded we would not likely return.

My wife and I decided to try it again. Hence, tonight's meal with two other couples. All I can say is that it was painful. We were asked if we'd like to have the chef "cook for us." We agreed and asked for a wine pairing as well. Big mistake!

We started at 7:30 and ended after midnight. The meal was horribly paced, with long gaps between courses, with no waiters in sight. A dinner with wine pairings should mean that the proper wine will be served with each course. On one occasion, the course was served and the wine for that course did not arrive until after the course was completed. As the meal progressed, the gaps between courses grew painfully long; the explanations as to what each course contained disappeared and so did the wine descriptions. What should have been a special, wonderful experience turned into an unpleasant experience. Each of us couldn't wait to get out of the place.

And, to make matters worse, the food is just so-so. Nothing great. Some courses were quite tasty and others were ordinary. When coupled with the awful pacing, I would rate the meal a "C" at best. And, the meal was extremely expensive to boot.

Bottom line: The restaurant does not have it together.

My prediction: The restaurant won't be in business in six months.

My recommendation: Go somewhere else. This place is a loser.

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