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Chef Tasting Menu

TSierra Apr 3, 2008 11:52 PM

I'm looking to try a chef tasting menu; I've read about Providence, but I would like to know if they are other restaurants that are worth mentioning, I would also like to know your opinions on some great chef wine pairings as well.

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    sassille Apr 5, 2008 08:37 AM

    ...Did the Ortolan tasting menu last night. About 10 courses, small servings, quite delicious. Actualy enjoyed it better than last Sona visit. Friendly, helpful staff, dynomite somellier (Sheri?) Chef Christohe Eme came out and checked on us more than once. Perhaps the presentation was what took it over the top. But I enjoyed this meal more than the last tasting at Providence and it was the Michel Richard night where he prepared it alongside M.C.
    Ortolan's tasting menu was $125 + 75 wine pairing. I was careful to explain my quirky wine preferences so it was spot on, for me.

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      Diana Apr 5, 2008 08:13 AM

      Spago is very well done. Good wine parings, too!

      1. Frommtron Apr 4, 2008 12:03 AM

        Bastide does a great chef's tasting menu and the sommelier is phenomenal. I thought every dish was very good and several were shockingly good.

        Sona was also brilliant. I just loved it and I thought that David Meyers was offereing some really daring food.

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          Lau Apr 4, 2008 06:41 PM

          100% agree on bastide..the sommelier is awesome as Frommtron said, i also think its better than providence (which is very good)

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            SauceSupreme Apr 5, 2008 07:53 AM

            Let me qualify by saying that I had dinner at Bastide last year, so this isn't a recent response on my part.

            I thought the wines served with dinner were excellent and interesting, but $100 for wine pairing was not nearly the phenomenal value as $100 for the tasting menu.

            1. re: SauceSupreme
              Frommtron Apr 5, 2008 11:28 AM

              Tough to put 'value' and 'Bastide' together, but upon thought, you're right to do so. The reason being that the price for the food is downright cheap for what you're getting. They get you big on that wine pairing! That's something to seriously consider with Bastide.

              I will say that they are pouring very nice wines from every nook and cranny of the world. The value may not be phenomenal but the wine is.

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