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Baume

201 S. California Ave. (Park Blvd.) Send to Phone
650-328-8899 | Menu
Chef Bruno Chemel has hit his stride at Baumé on the Peninsula.

Cuisine
Open
Lunch Thurs.-Sat., Dinner Wed.-Sat.
Features
  • Dress code: Dressy
  • Reservations suggested

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Baume, Palo Alto, CA

Baume Restaurant Review

: At Baumé, there is a seamless balance between molecular gastronomy and modern French cuisine --- foam, spheres and dry ice find their place in executive chef Bruno Chemel's repertoire, but in a comfortable, integrated manner with touches of whimsy. Tasting menus include a six-course lunch on Fridays and Saturdays ($288 per person) and an eight-course dinner ($388 per person). A wine pairing option is available for an additional cost starting at $350 per person. (No outside wine is permitted.) Sous-vide beef, flash-seared to finish, is as desirous a bite of beef as you’ll find. Lobster with split pea purée, anise and hibiscus gelée delivers beauty and an homage to the molecular. Noirmoutier turbot in a delicate foam is toothsome and elegant. Select items repeat throughout the seasons, such as the 62-degree slow-cooked egg, while most are based on what's fresh now. Seasonality drives the salade de printemps, wherein Chemel elevates the simple construct with artful presentation and science into something exceptional. The wine list is substantive and pairings thoughtful and at times creative: a saké surprised us midway through our experience and proved an excellent choice. Sweets favor fruit and the extraction of their flavor --- strawberries appeared flash frozen as dust, intense in gelato, and in liquid form as a strawberry soda float. Pacing is more realistic for modern dining than the eternal timing of other high-end dining rooms. The restaurant's nondescript façade and subtle black and orange décor offer little hint to the cuisine that awaits; atmosphere is achieved simply with thick drapery that creates secluded areas with small clusters of tables. For diners serious about serious food, this almost-secret spot is building a following.
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