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Nov 17, 2006 10:47 AM

La Bastide

Patrick Ponatasy has left La Bastide for Bernard O's. Anybody know who has replaced him at La Bastide?

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  1. Pray tell, where in California are these two restaurants?

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    1. I read about this in the Union-Tribune. Bernardo's seems to have gotten a lot of lukewarm at best reviews in the past from Chowhounders, but that was usually based on a limited number of visits. It will be interesting to see if the place takes off as a result of it. Not the most exciting of locations (the Albertson's shopping strip on the SW corner of Rancho Bernardo Road and Pomerado), but then again that's pretty much par for the course in the area - you *have* to be in a strip mall. :)

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      1. re: RB Hound

        My wife and I ate there this evening, 12/30/06. We went in search of a culinary feast, and were completely satisfied. In particular:
        opening - scallops with mushroom tortellini appetizer; and cauliflower soup ... excellent;
        main courses - pork chops (my wife), rack of lamb with pesto (myself) ... every bite was awesome;
        wine - a white burgundy by any other name ... very good;
        dessert - a banana / mango cobbler of sorts, but imagine bread pudding made with bananas and mangos instead of raisins and a moderate scoop of white chocolate ice cream on the top.

        Now since other posts have mentioned Bernard O's, I have eaten there a few times. It is an excellent dining experience. I feel that you would never be disappointed at either of these two establishments. You should try both of them.

      2. Gilles at La Bastide in sleepy Scripps Ranch has done a great job of replacing chef Patrick and the food has, in many cases, become even better. Having eaten lunch and dinner at La Bastide (alone, as a couple, with clients) on more than 50 occasions in the last year, I find the food, the service, the wine list, and the caring attitude of Gilles to be superior. The menu changes with the seasons and the the availability of fresh ingredients. Don't look for high end Parisian cuisine here--think country and think true bistot.

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        1. re: rbrujo

          La Bastide remains a great spot for french country cuisine at very fair prices. Gilles is a very friendly owner, an all to rare occurrence. Wine selections are good and you won't encounter any resistance if you bring your own.

        2. We had dinner there the other night. The food was solid. I had the Sauteed shrimp with vanilla risotto and lemongrass sauce for an appetizer and Acorn squash with truffle risotto and Sea scallops for my main course. Both were outstnding. We brought our own bottle (01 Chehalem Coral Creek Pinot Noir - which paired nicely with my entree) and they waived the corkage. The only food hiccup was that my wife's pork was slightly overcooked (we tend to like it a little on the pink side). The one thing I really noticed was that the service has greatly improved since the joint first opened. We will definitely make a return trip.

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          1. re: Scottydog

            I was so thrilled, that a French flavor opened in Scripps Ranch closer to home. Tried it a year ago, and found the portions small. Same for the restaurant week selections on another occasion.

            So have continued going to the French Market for a Calves Liver fix, and Bernard O's for mussels and other variety. Never disappointed at either place. The Mussels at La Bastide are farmed, while at Bernardo O's they are Carlsbad mussels, not farmed. Now I learn that the Chef at Bernard's, who I met last month, used to be at La Bastide. Well, this Friday nite at Bernard's the musseles and the Filet Mignon were excellent. I am so grateful that the small tasting portions at La Bastide did not follow the Chef to Bernardo's, so I have that for regular visits! The fish at Bernardo's on previous visits has always been suberb! I have never been disappointed eating there over several years!

            I would not hesitate recommending Bernard O's to anyone looking for a wonderful meal.

          2. in between Bastide and Bernard O's is Cavaillon, located west of 15, north of 56 in Santa Luz. Chef/owner was with Tapenade for about 8 years. Have had one good dining expereince there and certainly intend to go back.

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            1. re: ibstatguy

              Your mention of CAVAILLON prompted me to have dinner there during Restaurant Week, which was suberb. It is now my #1 neighborhood dining choice. So,this Monday nite, I stopped in for the Prix Fixe $32 Dinner. Again, it was a perfect meal of bubbling hot escargot appetizer, perfectlly prepared salmon, and dessert a silky chocolate 'pudding' with fruit. Most likely Monday's Prix Fixe will be a weekly taste treat. The relaxed attitude free atmosphere is very comfortable for an enjoyable meal, and can be counted on. The wait staff are very relaxed, and attentive. I believe this must start at the top in the kitchen!
              Monday nights would be a nice place for Chowhounds interested in a year around Prix Fixe to meet and share savory stories!

              1. re: nutrition

                Tonite a stop at La Bastide was as excellent as I have come to expect, this year.
                A nice generous Mixed Garden salad with beets, pear, and mango to start.
                The Ling God was perfectly prepared crispy outer and flakey inner with a tasty sauce, saffron couscous and string greeen beans, as I recall.
                Finished with scoops of White Chocolate and Pistachio ice cream.

                1. re: nutrition

                  Really love this place. I only wished I lived closer so I can go every other week (at least). But definitely worth the drive. Jude was an excellent server. The Duck Confit is super good. This place is highly recommended.

                  1. re: crave

                    I stopped in last week to have some favorities on the Happy Hour bar menu. The Mussels were EXCELLENT and the poached shrimp rounded out the meal. I have to say, there has been a major improvement since my first experiences at La Bastide. So I consider it right up there with my other favorite restaurants on a rotation basis.
                    Not so strangely, am no longer tolerate of the average restaurants choices and preparation, since I prefer fresh produce and higher quality Main courses.