Another Loss for L.A.
Lefebvre says “Au Revoir”
Ludo's famous tattoo
Lefebvre has told GAYOT.com that he does not plan on returning to Bastide when the famed West Hollywood French restaurant reopens under
a new name. “I want my liberty,” says Lefebvre,
citing “creative differences” as the reason for
named one of Gayot’s
top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. last
year has been closed since January 2006. “I very
much appreciate the opportunity that I was given at Bastide,”
says Lefebvre, who began cooking in his native France under Marc
Meneau and Pierre
Gagnaire before thrilling Americans with his novel cooking
which is slated to close in December 2006.
marinated in Pepsi-Cola served with popcorn
tattooed chef with a flair for exotic spices has not picked
his next position, but odds are it will be quite different
than his last. “I don’t want to do a serious French
restaurant like Bastide. I want to do my own restaurant again,
but I want something more relaxed,” said the author
of the book Crave:
The Feast of the Five Senses. “I want to cook
for everybody, at prices that aren’t too expensive.
The cuisine I envision needs to give happiness and emotion:
a generous cuisine, alive, concerned about yesterday but looking
towards tomorrow. It should be fun, and bring a smile to your
At Bastide, Ludo’s clever creations that brought smiles
to customers’ faces included panini au foie
gras on a bed of apricots, poularde marinated overnight
in Pepsi-Cola accompanied by popcorn, and a caviar-topped
crème fraîche panna cotta in salted butter caramel
sauce for dessert.
au foie gras
fraîche panna cotta
Joe Pytka is yet to announce a firm date for the reopening
of Bastide, nor its new name. Nor is there any word on who
will become the third chef to run the kitchen on Melrose Place
after Alain Giraud, who opened the restaurant in 2002, and
Ludo, who took over in the fall of 2004.
(Updated: 07/09/08 HC)