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L'Auberge Carmel's intimate restaurant featuring the beautifully executed cuisine of Executive Chef-Director Justin Cogley.


Dinner Tues.-Sun. 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

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Aubergine, Carmel, CA

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Aubergine Restaurant Review

About the restaurant and décor: This tiny, enchanting restaurant with just nine tables is situated inside L'Auberge Carmel, a luxury inn originally built in 1929. Exposed wood beams bring a cozy feeling to Aubergine’s intimate space. Private parties can be arranged in the underground wine cellar, salon with fireplace or out on the idyllic courtyard.

About the food: Executive Chef-Director Justin Cogley's creativity with top-tier, seasonal and local products, especially from the sea, leans towards the playful and beautifully executed. Spot-on pairings bring out the best in food and wine --- it's Fred and Ginger dancing on the palate. The chef's eight-course tasting menu ($185 per person) changes frequently and features an enviable grocery list of ingredients (uni, caviar, rib-eye, etc.) for Cogley to prepare according to his whim. The possibilities can be both adventurous and deceptively familiar. There’s an international tour-de-force of cheeses carefully selected from the cave just inside the front door. And dessert? Pastry Chef Yulanda Santos might devise a sweet ending composed of smoked chocolate, marshmallow and cocoa. Aubergine also hosts special themed dinners, as well as savory and pastry classes.

About the wine: The globally sourced and terroir driven wine list comprises approximately 2,500 bottles, with a spotlight on Monterey County and France. Pairings are available for $155.

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