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“A treat for the taste buds!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel
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Ranked #59 of 152 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $50
Cuisines: French, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 7th
Description: Executive Chef Justin Cogley's and Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza's cooking philosophy is built first and foremost on spontaneity. With access to an array of outstanding local products as well as ingredients and artisan purveyors from around the world, Cogley and Mendoza focus on incorporating these elements into their ever-changing menus.
Marlton, New Jersey
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A treat for the taste buds!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

My wife and I dined at Aubergine while passing through Carmel. The restaurant is an intimate setting nestled in the L' Auberge Carmel. We opted for the chef's tasting menu and were not disappointed. Each course was creative, beautifully presented and most importantly thrilled the palate. Although we did not do the wine pairing, Marin, the sommelier, suggested some perfect wines to accompany our meal. (He also gave us a complimentary glass of dessert wine to enjoy following our meal.) The entire meal was world class.

Visited July 2013
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2 Thank LCos54
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  • English first
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  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Simply amazing and understated”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

Tasting menu was $125 for an 8 course brilliant dinner.

Highlights of the evening included abalone, complimentary foie gras as an amuse bouche, and clever raw milk and caviar sea urchin dish. Everything was simple yet the tastes were robust.

Words can't describe- you have to try it yourself!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank JennelopeD
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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254 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Not Precious, Just Delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

This is the place to go for a serene, lengthy meal whose presentation is almost theater. Service was impeccable, from their concern for any dislikes or food allergies to care in our selection of wine. We had the eight-course menu (I think), but it was probably ten or eleven in all, with the amuse-bouche, palate cleanser (have you ever had mango sorbet with "shattered" cream cheese?), and little dessert extras.

Diners were pulling out their phones to snap photos of the presentations. Many of the plates are hand-thrown pottery, and food is served imaginatively on those dishes and on slate plates; twigs and pebbles add to the Japanese elan. As an idea of the menu: a crisp of black squid ink with Serrano ham; raw-milk custard with salmon roe (appetizers); Dungeness crab with sea lettuce; poached Maine lobster with milk skin, pureed fresh green peas; kampachi (fish) with smoked steelhead roe, baby baby carrots, and sauce of dates and vanilla; granache with green tea ice cream and cherries.
We decided against the wine pairing and enjoyed a fabulous 2009 Grand cru Chablis.

The serving staff was attentive but unobtrusive and patiently explained the exotic ingredients of several dishes. They seemed genuinely pleased with our interest. This was beyond a meal; it was an experience.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ChrisABeaune
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Lugano, Switzerland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent degustation a la Alain Ducasse”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

This is a very small restaurants with an amazing Service.The chef is young,and the food is a combination of tastes from Japan and France.
The price is very reasonable for the amount of detail that the dishes have.
On his way to become a Aliain Ducasse style,Thats not a small matter.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sarakavana
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104 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Interesting but not memorable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

We tried the chef tasting menu and came away disappointed. The presentation and service was first rate, but the flavors did not quite click for us. Maybe it was an off night.

Visited April 2013
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Thank CASE-JC
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