Must say despite all the hoopla below, that the restaurant experience itself was quite something. The level of service and the ambiance of the place, is perhaps the best I have experienced in Los Angeles. Silverwear, linens, the look of the intimate rooms, glasswear, all top flight.
While I too am not a fan of a no corkage policy, the Sommelier is a big part of the service. As the wine list is extensive, all French, and quite varied in price, we left ourselves in his hands. The result was an $80 1998 Gevrey-Chambertain (Bouchard?) that was fantastic. As I think we all know, it is common to find very average wines on many special occasion restaurant lists today for $80. Having someone to assist you in selecting a wine, particulary a Burgundy which is capable of so much variation year to year and producer to producer is worth paying for. Further to his credit, we gave him the freedom to choose from the list, and he selected one of the least expensive options. Given all this, and the obvious desire of ownership to create a very high-end experience. a no-corkage policy is not out of hand.
We went with the "Bastide" tasting menu- tuna tartar, lobster salad, loup, foie gras, sorbet, lamb, cheese, dessert, petite fours. The selections were all quite tasty, but still feel that Josie has an edge in terms of menu creativity. However, the elegance of the overall experience (complementary valet parking for a start) makes this a spot I for one will return to.
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