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Bastide opens for dinner today: Here's the menu

February 9, 2010 |  1:27 pm

KampachiBastide, 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



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Banyuls-Shallot Mignonette/Ketchup

Onion Soup
Braised Beef Shank/Kidney Beans/Marrow Toast

Spinach Tart
Pancetta/Crème Fraiche/Hazelnuts/Frisee Salad

Braised Crab/Tomato Confit/Basil Broth

Shaved Vegetables

Grilled Squid
Cucumber/Fennel/Cranberry Beans/Chorizo Butter

Composed Salads

Bibb Lettuce
Shallot/Feta/Sherry Vinaigrette

Bacon/Poached Egg/Crispy Chicken Thighs/Buttermilk Vinaigrette


Herb Salad/Almonds/Meyer Lemon Aioli


Red Wine Risotto
Wild Mushrooms/Parmesan

Orzo/Turnips/Carrots/Mussel Cream

Potato Puree/Sugar Snap Peas/Pearl Onions/Port Wine Sauce

Celery Root Puree/Red Cabbage/Brussels Sprouts/Whole Grain Mustard/Chicken Jus

Steak Frites
Anchovy Butter

Braised Lamb Shank
Coco Beans/Preserved Lemon/Arugula Sauce


Apple Tart
Salted Caramel, Raw Vanilla Ice Milk

Chocolate Beignets
Malted Milk Chocolate Ice Cream, Pineapple Bits

Vanilla Crème Caramel
Strawberry and Orange Chips, Star Anise Jus

Citrus Consommé
Yogurt Sherbet, Mango, Tapioca Cream

Espresso Chiffon Cake
Espresso Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream, Toffee Cake

Espresso Bonbons

Frozen Scoops (choose 3)
(Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream, Malted Milk Chocolate Ice
Cream, Mango Sorbet, Yogurt Sherbet)