We were lucky to be staying locally on a month tour of California when Aubergine offered its 'Spice' tasting menu on the first Tuesday of August. From the moment we arrived, which was a touch early, we were attended to in an unpretentious, yet sophisticated way which befits a restaurant at the cutting edge of fine dining. Cocktails were refreshingly original - Paper Plane and Last Word. And soon we were seated for the tasting menu with accompanying wines.
To start, braised carrots in a variety of realisations with wattleseed yogurt showing a delicate spectrum of flavours, followed by prawns with carefully blended Indian spices. Then, succulent lamb loin with Moroccan spices, followed by a medley of interpretations of vanilla for dessert. All delicious and cooked in a way that felt honest and individual.
The restaurant staff were absolutely lovely and happily allowed us to meet to Chef Justin and Sous Chef Aaron in the kitchens, which rounded off a really memorable night. Special mention to Nathaniel and David for looking after us.
We'd love to come back soon, but it's quite a few miles from Bournemouth, England!
All the very best to all of you at Aubergine.
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