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“Magical meal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Baume

Baume
201 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1912
650-328-8899
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Ranked #11 of 312 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Magical meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012 via mobile

From beginning to end the meal was filled with delightful tastes and surprises. The miniature "marshmallow" which started the dinner. (don't eat it). The mysterious menu which contains only ingredients. The risotto which was really pearls of tapioca. (covered with truffle, one of the only options you have.)

If I have a quibble it is that we were never asked about any food issues so my husband missed out on a delicious bite of grapefruit. But...it was only a bite.

The lobster on split pea purée and beneath a thin slice of hibiscus gelee may have been the most beautiful bite of the night, but the flavor exceeded even it's gorgeous appearance. The duck l'orange may have ruined me for that dish anywhere else!

A pear terrine and the suckling pig were the only (minor) disappointments amid a steady stream of delights!

Service was friendly, attentive, and continuous. It seems odd to describe a 2 1/2 hour meal as rushed, but a minute or two between courses would have been nicer.

If we are ever in the area again we will DEFINITELY return!!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Madison, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Fascinating, tasty, and probably only once in a lifetime”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

My husband and I went for the 12-course tasting with my sister and another couple. We are reasonably food-savvy, but not critic-level stuffy about it. We mostly want it to taste good and look pretty, and (in this case) be entirely innovative and unlike anything we'd ever had before. SUMMARY: We liked it for a one-time experience and will probably try another well-rated restaurant in the area next time we're back. If you're into well-prepared, tiny food with meta-concepts applied to the design and plating, and you're willing to dine for a minimum of 3.5 hours and accept Michelin-star prices, this place is for you.

THE FOOD. A look at the website will show you that the chef is all about using tiny vegetables, micro-greens, and equally small portions. That's okay - we left full and satisfied after our 3.5 hour dining experience. The turbot fish was the most well-prepared piece of fish I've ever had, the filet mignon made me rethink giving up on that particular cut of meat for its lack of flavor, and the caviar dish was complex and familiar in a way that was absolutely delicious and somewhat difficult to believe (really, it tasted like Fritos... in a good way). Most of us were not fond of the mushroom dish, but my husband loved the wasabi aioli served with it. Of the 12 dishes, most were a hit with the group. One of our dining companions was very interested in exactly what we were eating and method of preparation, which gave us an added level of scientific knowledge about our meal. Best beverage was the Yuzu-ade (it had us suddenly looking for yuzu all over SF), second to their take on a Kir Royale, where the cassis juice is served as a popsicle in the flute. Wine pairing was fine, but if you're shy about the price and not shy about sharing, each pour is plenty for a companion to take a sip or two.

THE PLACE. The table-side presentations were fun, although our server seemed a bit too stiff and rote, and the furnishings in each dining space are geared toward making the food look outstanding. We had a table enclosed by curtains, and it appeared that most of the dining spaces were similarly intimate. Lighting was focused on the table, which was dressed with white, and all the plates were white except for the table art glass "chargers" that we sat down to (which were removed before the first course) and the tray that our last bite came on (also art glass, carrying little tarts). Being a louder group, it was nice to have the semi-private dining space. It also prevented us from seeing courses delivered to other tables before we'd made it to that point in the meal.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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“Interesting experience, well worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012 via mobile

Inventive food, great service and a great wine list. Unless you value your meal on a "pounds of food per dollar spent", its a fun experience. Very creative, and fun. You don't want to eat here every week, but I can recommend it to anyone looking for something new and exciting.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Castro Valley, California
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“Creative food, but not amazing spectacular”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

I went for a 5-course tasting lunch on a Friday at Baume with two colleagues. It was an Autumn-themed menu for $65 without wine pairing.

Lunch started off with some sparkling water and Yuzuade (Japanese lemon-lemonade) - it was bursting with flavor and delicious. Then the meal continued with a compressed hand towel that was blossomed when hot water was poured on it.

To start off, there was some homemade walnut bread with prosciutto and flash-frozen olive oil. Nothing special. Then there was regular bread with French butter as well.

Amazing entrees-
-62 degree egg with artichokes and artichoke paste
-Filet mignon with black truffle

Okay entrees-
-Autumn salad with various fruits, veggies and acorns
-Spumoni flash-frozen sorbet and pistachio nuts

Overall, it was a fun experience of French molecular gastronomy cooking...but worth the money? Probably not.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“world class food in SF Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

we went at Baume for dinner.got the 12 course with wine pairing. It was magical from the first bouche to the the mignardises.Been to Ducasse in NYC and Jean Georges. This place is at the same level of culinary experience... the cherry foie gras was divine, the lamb with truffle was perfect and more.. . the service was very attentive and discreet.
Love also the zen and welcome colours in dining room.
will return when i go to Palo Alto.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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