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A gem of a setting and a treasure-trove of creative food and wine.
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Aubergine Restaurant Review

: This tiny, enchanting restaurant inside L'Auberge Carmel ranks among the area's finest. Executive chef Justin Cogley's creativity with top-tier, seasonal, local products (especially from the sea) leans towards the playful and beautifully executed. Spot-on pairings bring out the best in both food and wine --- it’s Fred and Ginger dancing on the palate. The sole menu ($150) is a chef’s tasting that changes daily and features an enviable grocery list of ingredients (cauliflower, caviar; rib-eye, yam, umeboshi) for Cogley to prepare according to his whim, with possibilities both adventurous and deceptively familiar, such as the diver scallop with lemon balm in its shell, nestled in seaweed. Slivered green almonds share a plate with smoked fish roe in a sour-and-salty duet. And if you’ve ever wondered how “green” tastes, asparagus in its own jus with wild ginger is the answer. The globally sourced and terroir driven wine list proposes approximately 2,500 bottles. There’s an international tour-de-force of cheese carefully selected from the cheese cave just inside the front door, too. Executive pastry chef Ron Mendoza’s sourdough rolls are flavorful and chewy. And dessert? Cucumber sorbet with a dark chocolate mousse and assertively tart flower petals.

User Ratings & Reviews for Aubergine
Average rating    5
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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel, CA
by karen williston on Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:26 am
An exceptional meal in an elegant, warm and intimate setting. A memorable dining experience featuring fresh, seasonal menus with inspired wine pairings. It was a superb evening. We received gracious service, dined in the wine cellar where the ambiance was great. The freshly harvested abalone in a shell with oyster, pickled sea bean and wild sea lettuce was outstanding, a must try dish....displays artistry and freshness at its very best. Some of our favorites included hamachi, lamb, artisan cheeses, black garlic and the expresso martini. Chef Ron outdid himself with the desserts. We have already reserved for the local menu in November featuring wild mushrooms and can't wait to see and taste what Chef Justin prepares.
Truly Exceptional Evening
by Richard Lee07 on Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:17 am
We returned to this quiet setting having last dined here in March. Again the food and wine were exquisitely prepared and presented. this time we found truly outstanding food in a 4-course prix fixe menu. The cuisine has elements of French tradition complemented by a light touch of modernist California cuisine. Each plate was both attractive to the eye and pleasant to the taste. the tuna dish was superb; the lamb, and beef were cooked to perfection. The wine selections matched perfectly. The room is intimate and although several other tables were full, the servers and sommelier were quietly efficient at making us feel this was a quixotic, secluded dinner for two.
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