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Bastide since Manzke left?

chestnutnd May 11, 2008 03:14 PM

Has anyone dined at Bastide since the chef and presumably his wife (desert chef) left? If so, how was it?

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    Shortsord May 12, 2008 06:56 PM

    Thank you for posting this. Fantastic timing, as I was just about to make a reservation for my second visit to Bastide, my first having been one of my top two dining experiences, anywhere. I suppose this could be construed as an invitation to try it new again, but I don't think I'm up to it. Perhaps I'll finally visit Spago instead.

    This Shoemaker fellow had better be golden, because Bastide was fantastic in every respect. I thought it could be a solid for at least one Michelin star next year. I will be very eager to try Walter Manzke's next restaurant, hopefully in LA as his interview indicates.

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      russkar May 12, 2008 07:47 PM

      Paul Shoemaker is GOLDEN and has made some of the most memorable meals we've had at Providence when he was Chef de Cuisine there until a year ago.

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        Lau May 12, 2008 08:37 PM

        i hope so as i really like bastide

        anyone eaten there yet? (since walter left?)

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          revets2 May 16, 2008 11:25 PM

          concur. paul shoemaker is a great chef and he'll crank it at BASTIDE. i hope walter and marge don't leave los angeles, though. they are really a breath of fresh air.

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            Lau May 17, 2008 09:27 AM

            yeah i liked walter, he was a nice guy and a great chef

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              Lau Jun 11, 2008 10:13 AM

              so manzke ended up at Anisette Brasserie...anyone been?

              also has anyone been to Bastide since shoemaker took over?

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                New Trial Jun 11, 2008 03:31 PM

                Not unless Manzke is joining Bastide's original chef there. Anisette is Alain Giraud's restaurant--and it is terrific! A gorgeous, two-story brasserie with home-made pastries, an interesting wine list and wonderful food. Currently just open for breakfast and lunch, they hope to serve dinner starting next Monday

      2. Frommtron May 12, 2008 05:09 PM

        Oh come on! I went 2 months ago and it was WONDERFUL. I thought it was a place I could count on for a really great, high-end meal. Now it's back in limbo.

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          Food622 May 11, 2008 04:08 PM

          When did Walter leave? We were there a couple of weeks ago and he came out of the kitchen to speak with us. Does anyone know the reason?

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              Lau May 11, 2008 07:54 PM

              damn it so he actually did leave...i was thinking of going there in a few weeks

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                TailbackU May 13, 2008 11:19 AM

                Damn it!!!! I have been waiting for the right opportunity to visit there and was on my short list of restaurants to try. Now, i don't know if I want to go anymore until i hear otherwise. I'm really bummed. There was a long article on LA Magazine about Bastide some time ago and it hinted not so subtly that Joe Pytka is not an easy man to work for. I'm actually not that surprised that Manske left.

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