Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Craving Bastide

Scary wierd food--loved it. Lots of little plates. How does this sound: Deconstructed Bloody Mary--celery gelato, spicy tomato puree, and a vodka jello shot. All on one spoon.

How about Fois Gras Pina Colada? Good, but not as good as the Scallops in Cinnamon Butter over Fried Vermicelli. AMAZING!! Made this at home this week.

Lamb--don't love lamb. But Chef Ludovic Lefebvre's Saddle of Lamb with Squid Ink Gnocchi and Basil Ice Cube was fabulous. Great Cheeses. Desserts: Ginger Soup with Litchi Sorbet and Carrot Jam and New Catalan Creme Brule and Espresso Nitro.

And the wines: classics like 1989 Chateau Gruaud Larose and 1996 Nuits St. Georges 1cru Les Forets. Crazies like Engelgarten "Vin de Terroir" Marcel Deiss 1999.

I haven't had a dinner this creative since my first visit to the French Laundry--but while Keller serves classic tastes with a sense of humor, Lefebvre borders on bizarre. You wouldn't want to leave this earth without experiencing both of them. (I have to make to el Bulli sometime to compare). Check out this restaurant. I give it a 4/5 with the possibility of moving higher after subsequent visits. It is a reason to go to L.A. not simply a place to eat while there. LL also has a book, CRAVE, coming out this month.

Susan and I are headed back to the French Laundry this month, and to Las Vegas in May. Any Vegas eats suggestions?


Blogger Rob said...

Was in Vegas recently and ate at Bouchon, which is run by Paul Keller, same guy who runs the French Laundry. Food was awesome.
If you like French Laundry, you'll like Bouchon and it's relatively easy to get reservations. (I called 2 days before and got in.)


Other places I like in Vegas are:
- Commander's Palace: Same as New Orleans outfit, starting point for everyone from Paul Prudhomme to Emeril.
- Rum Jungle (at the Mandalay Bay): Brazilian food, meat, fish, etc served on large swords. Very fun, interesting place.

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Blogger Zatoichi said...

I like Shintaro at Bellagio for teppan-yaki.

In February, I stayed at Mandalay Bay. The new Fleur de Lys at Mandalay is a beautiful-looking restaurant, with a decor quite unlike the SF location. Dunno about the food. Also, we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was at Shanghai Lily's at Mandalay. A key point was that our waiter was very frank about which dishes were good and which weren't

N9ne at the Palms is supposedly the new great steak place in LV

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