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Dec 6, 2001 11:17 AM

Tables in Kitchens?

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Can anyone tell me of restaurants that have special tables in kitchens where the guests can watch the action? (Like Charlie Trotter's in Chicago?)

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  1. Aubergine in Newport Beach has a table with a window on the kitchen. I believe they require a party of 4 or more. You can watch the assembly of dishes, but still have the quiet of a private dining room.

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    1. re: AZ

      They have a chef's table at the Bel Air hotel and i can guarantee it will be much more of a fine dining experience than Buco di....... Well, good luck deciding, but for me there is no contest....Ciao

    2. I read or heard something recently - I can't remember if it was here, or in a magazine, or on the radio, about a guy who sat in the kitchen at Buca di Beppo (sp?). You might give them a call.

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      1. re: David L

        Yes, you can eat in the kitchen at Buca de Beppo. It's rather like having dinner in Kandahar during an airraid.

        1. re: roger simon
          michael (mea culpa)

          There does seem to be an escalation of ideas to make an expensive meal out seem more like an intimate meal with the chef/cook staff. Big tables in kitchens. Small tables in kitchens. Beds and cushions in backrooms where meals are consumed. Given the prices being charged for the privilege of eating with the staff, we can only wonder where this all started (a brothel?) and where it's going. I will confess,however, to enjoying eating at the bar outside the kitchen at Emeril's (and, yes, I believe you can eat in his kitchen as well), being served by him and delighting in his repartee as well as the food. He even served up some lagniappe.

        2. re: David L

          That was me who posted it. Here's a link. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether you still want to do it or not after reading it.


        3. Patina has a table in the kitchen. It is very expensive to eat there. Just like Trotter's.