A friend of mine wanted to go to Campton Place for an expensive dinner. I realized Campton's superstar chef Daniel Humm left early 2006 Manhattan bound. Afterwards, I heard very little about Campton. Before I say yes, can anyone tell me if the quality and innovation are still there? What are my alternatives? We are flexible and are willing to travel throughout the Bay Area. Thanks in advance.
I haven't heard anyone mention Campton place in a loooooong time. Lately, I would say the buzz is all about Gary Danko (one of my favorites), Quince, La Folie, Fleur De Lys and Spruce (the newest). For a great meal (3, 4 or 5 courses) I would say Gary Danko - I've never had a bad exp. Always great - difficult to get in sometimes but always worth it.
I'll come out and say what robert implied -- don't go to Campton Place. You can do much, much better. The dining room is elegant and quiet, and it's a lovely setting for a meal. But the food is inconsistent even when there's no turbulence in the kitchen. I'd say spend your money for a truly memorable, inspired meal elsewhere. If you want true fine dining, the Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton is nearly flawless. I was there a few months ago and had one of the best experiences of my life. But there is an issue about the chef leaving, so double-check if and when that is going to occur. La Folie is almost as good, in my opinion, and it's a more relaxed experience. And there's no chance (that we know of) that the chef will be gone by the time you arrive.
One place I would add to robert's list is Masa's. I know it's been around a while, but I've eaten there twice in the past year and I've had truly outstanding meals there both times. It's one of my favorite restaurants in the City.
re: Robert Lauriston
Thanks to both RL and foodiesf. I suspected Campton Place is not the same after daniel left. Haven't heard much buzz at all. I am a big fan of Ron Siegel. The Dining Room is just solid under Ron. I am just excited as to what he could do to Myth.....By the way, I called for Chez Panisse yesterday for next week. They are completely booked evry single night.
Campton Place has had two new chefs in the past six months.
The current contenders for the high-end dining dollar (some of them fairly controversial or worse on this board) include:
Chez Panisse (Berkeley)
Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton*
Fleur de Lys
French Laundry (Yountville)
Manresa (Los Gatos)
Martini House (St. Helena)
*Unless and until chef Ron Siegel buys and moves to Myth.