I've eaten at a few top places including French Laundry, Michael Mina and Manresa, but it is Baume that stands out the most. We've now eaten there twice and both times were amazing. Personally I love the theatricallity and surprise as each wine and each course is introduced. Not only is the food expertly prepared and the wine perfectly matched, but the creations are new and exciting each time. This is the place to go for innovative, creative, modern cuisine with one surprise after another. Where else do they bring out lemon and dry ice to cleanse/freshen the air between courses? With each course you will be wondering what is coming next, and they really build the suspense. Also, when we arrived the second time to dine they servers greeted us by name and said "welcome back". They tracked what our menu was from our previous experience and ensured us that they would make sure we didn't eat any repeat dishes this time!
+ To get the full experience I recommend you go on an empty stomach as the minimum menu is about 10 courses.
+ Bring a camera, the food is really photo worthy
+ Go for the wine pairing, you will not be dissappointed. The wine servings are generous, so you can even share it. (I've never done the "premium" wine pairing. The regular one was amazing enough)
+ Unlike French Laundry and some others, getting reservations is not difficult. We called that day and they were able to seat us the same evening, twice.
+ Not to ruin the surprise, but the cute discs that look like mints at the beginning are actually towels. They will come by with hot water to "activate" them. We wish someone had warned us as we put them in our mouths expecting them to dissolve. It ended up being a very funny way to start the dinner. ; )
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