Tuesday, July 8, 2014

aubergine - carmel-by-the-sea, ca

www.auberginecarmel.com
monte verde at seventh
carmel-by-the-sea, ca 93921

- first of all, carmel is a wonderful town...i wish we had been able to spend more time there
- easy street parking is available right around the corner
- we arrived a few minutes early, and after waiting in the lounge for a moment, were seated side by side at what was probably the best table in the (very small) restaurant
- the staff made us feel very comfortable right away, and were great throughout the entire night...i greatly appreciated the kitchen tour we received at meals end
- the meal's standout courses were...flavors of gazpacho, potatoes cooked in beef fat (best potato dish i have ever had), a5 wagyu from hokkaido (easily worth the extra $$$), vermont cheese with morels, and the peach dessert
- i was a bit surprised by the brevity of the meal...we are not fast eaters, and were in and out in just over two hours
- the take home menu is not very thorough, so you may want to take notes (i didn't) if you want to remember exactly what each dish entailed
- there is no doubt chef justin cogley is executing at a michelin starred level...here's to hoping the red guide ventures a bit further south this year
- recommended? yes!

lemon berry soda

oyster with caviar

flavors of gazpacho

melon with yogurt

duck liver

potatoes cooked in a5 wagyu fat with nori

monterey bay red abalone, artichoke

cheddar brioche

presentation of a5 wagyu beef

lamb

grade a5 hokkaido beef

vermont white cheddar, morel mushrooms

sorrel sorbet, rhubarb

peaches, rice crisp, lemon verbena sorbet

praline two ways

mignardises

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