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Marche Moderne or Mastros?

OC Mutt May 24, 2009 06:05 PM

I've never tried either, but have a celebratory dinner coming up. Obviously, I can only choose one, so what's the consensus?

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    attran99 RE: OC Mutt May 24, 2009 07:30 PM

    It depends on what you want and the tastes of you and your dining companion(s). Both are really great establishments. One, obviously, for a French approach and the other for a carnivore's dream. What kind of experience are you looking for?

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      OC Mutt RE: attran99 May 24, 2009 07:36 PM

      Just interested in the best food. I love both types of cuisines. Which one will serve me a meal I will remember?

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        Das Ubergeek RE: OC Mutt May 25, 2009 09:35 AM

        Then do Moderne first; they have a wider menu.

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      josephnl RE: OC Mutt May 25, 2009 10:13 AM

      If you or your guest are craving a first class prime steak then Mastro's is clearly your best bet. Otherwise, for a much wider choice of excellent food, I would go to Marche Moderne. Pretty much everything there is good, but especially great are the charcuterie and scallop appetizers, and the lamb tagine entree is to die for.

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        OCAnn RE: josephnl May 25, 2009 08:02 PM

        Two things to avoid @ MM: escargot (too salty) & mussels (not plump enough).

        But yes, the charcuterie is good...as is the cheese plate. I find service @ Mastro's to be top notch; @ MM, a tier or two below.

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          josephnl RE: OCAnn May 25, 2009 10:45 PM

          I disagree re the mussels. I really do consider myself a mussel maven having eaten tons (well maybe really just pounds) of mussels in Penn Cove, Washington over the years, as well as last summer eating mussels for both lunch and dinner for a week on Prince Edward Island in Canada. These locations produce some of the very finest mussels you can get on this side of the Atlantic. I absolutely agree that the mussels served at Marche Moderne are not as good as the freshly harvested mussels I've eaten in Washington and on PEI, but I think they are just about as good as any I have had in southern CA. If you've had better mussels in southern CA than those served at MM, please let us know where.

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            OCAnn RE: josephnl May 26, 2009 12:01 AM

            Brussels Bistro in Laguna Beach...twice at each restaurant and BB was consistently plump where MM was comparably not.

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              Das Ubergeek RE: josephnl May 26, 2009 07:19 AM

              I've had better mussels both at Morels in the Grove and Tradition by Pascal in Santa Ana Heights.

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                OCAnn RE: josephnl May 26, 2009 08:23 AM

                Here's an interesting thread on southern CA locations that serve great moules frites:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/603611 -- Mussels & Fries, where o where?

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              OC Mutt RE: josephnl May 27, 2009 03:25 AM

              Yes, I am a guest, but I'm not "craving" any type of cuisine, just the meal with food I will remember, and hopefully crave someday in the future.

            3. christoofat RE: OC Mutt May 26, 2009 10:54 AM

              Another vote for MM...truly a memorable meal each time we've gone.

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