My SO and I were all prepared to celebrate my birthday week after next at Bastide, but the "meal of the year" posting about Spago has made me think twice. The most recent discussion I found re: Bastide is from May, and is mostly negative. Another neg. is that we can only get a res. there for a Monday night (haven't checked with Spago yet).
I would prefer a leisurely long meal in a low-key place, and Spago doesn't fit the bill for the latter. I've been wanting to go to Bastide since it opened, maybe I'm just a victim of the hype. But if folks think the cooking Bastide is jive I'd rather have a decadent and pricey meal elsewhere. Any frank advice?