Bastide opens for dinner today: Here's the menu
Bastide, the on-again-off-again-on-again restaurant on Melrose Place, is now open for dinner. The restaurant-cum-bookstore (an Assouline book shop is located inside) has been serving lunch since December. Chef Joseph Mahon says he is "focusing on technique- and ingredient-driven food and flavor combinations that are traditional and refined and interpreted in our vision. We want it to be a touch more accessible than what it has been in the past. I hope people will feel at ease coming in."
There are steak frites, braised lamb shanks, roast chicken, sous vide salmon, tarts, soups, oysters, a selection of composed salads and crudo, Mahon says. "I love the yellowtail," he says. "The yellowtail is browned with brown butter, sliced thinly and marinated with white soy."
Mahon will be blogging about dishes at his new website, www.chefjosephmahon.com. "I'll be updating three or four times a week, describing specials and dishes and stuff that's going on in the restaurant. With any types of special there's a picture with a short description."
For anyone hoping to spend Valentine's Day on the romantic patio at Bastide and doesn't already have a reservation for dinner, the restaurant is booked. "Valentine's is just one of those days," Mahon says. "Hopefully, we'll be as busy on other days."
8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, (323) 651-5950.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo of kampachi and watermelon dish by Joseph Mahon, from www.chefjosephmahon.com
SEE THE NEW MENU.
Meyer Lemon/Warm Grilled Shrimp
Braised Beef Shank/Kidney Beans/Marrow Toast
Pancetta/Crème Fraiche/Hazelnuts/Frisee Salad
Braised Crab/Tomato Confit/Basil Broth
Cucumber/Fennel/Cranberry Beans/Chorizo Butter
Bacon/Poached Egg/Crispy Chicken Thighs/Buttermilk Vinaigrette
Herb Salad/Almonds/Meyer Lemon Aioli
Red Wine Risotto
Potato Puree/Sugar Snap Peas/Pearl Onions/Port Wine Sauce
Celery Root Puree/Red Cabbage/Brussels Sprouts/Whole Grain Mustard/Chicken Jus
Braised Lamb Shank
Coco Beans/Preserved Lemon/Arugula Sauce
Salted Caramel, Raw Vanilla Ice Milk
Malted Milk Chocolate Ice Cream, Pineapple Bits
Vanilla Crème Caramel
Strawberry and Orange Chips, Star Anise Jus
Yogurt Sherbet, Mango, Tapioca Cream
Espresso Chiffon Cake
Espresso Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream, Toffee Cake
Frozen Scoops (choose 3)
(Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream, Malted Milk Chocolate Ice
Cream, Mango Sorbet, Yogurt Sherbet)