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Lunch at Baume [Palo Alto]

vulber Apr 13, 2012 03:28 PM

they've been doing friday lunches for a while, so i went today to check it out and was quite disappointed.

we chose the five-course one, but the portions made me feel like it was from the nine-course meal and we should have had four more courses.

nothing blew me away, which i was hoping for at that price point ($78). the highlight of the meal was turbot that was flown in from france this morning with indian spices, but everything else was average to good (with one weird amuse bouche). they served a filet mignon that was perfectly cooked, but for this type of restaurant, i feel like that's more of a bare minimum they should meet; the same applied for the 62 degree egg, which i'm starting to get sick of, and was not nearly as good or innovative as the one at commis.

most disappointingly, there was very little molecular gastronomy used other than a downright weird "hummus sponge", which was one of the main reasons i was so curious to check it out in the first place, given how rare it is in the bay area.

has anyone else been for lunch? are they just putting the b team in the kitchen?

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  1. Melanie Wong Apr 13, 2012 07:32 PM

    Here's a lunch report, same conclusion.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      bbulkow May 6, 2012 01:52 PM

      I went for the full dinner treatment, and had a similar mixed experience

      There was a nice salad before the turbot that included a lavender scent, which was nice
      The turbot was one of the stars

      I won't complain about portions. In a 14-course offering, portions should be small

      But ... everything was very good, but didn't "hold together". In my mind, this was Michelin 1-star quality cooking, with the benefit of good service (no lags or gaps, unlike manresa), but nothing was really _wow_ like I get at Manresa or Plum.

      Don't get me wrong - it was a fun night of good tastes.

      Given the price point (+ $300/pp), I expect to have more than a few wows.

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        estnet May 6, 2012 07:05 PM

        Melanie thanks for linking my prior report. I was really disappointed, but given all the glowing reports and the Michelin star thing I was hoping I was wrong.

        Guess not - I've eaten at starred and non starred places in the bay area and all over and this is one place I've had no desire to return to (even tho it is very close to me) - while I dream of returning to places thousands of miles away that I actually will fly 6k miles to go to ;)

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