Maude, Los Angeles

Maude - a French restaurant opened by chef Curtis Stone. It is possibly the hardest table to book in Los Angeles. Curtis Stone is a famous Australian-born chef who gained his fame as a TV food star in Australia before he moved to USA. In 2014, he opened this 25-seat restaurant in Beverley Hills, named after his grandma, Maude. Maude is Crutis Stone's first restaurant, also his first time play a role of hands-on chef. With his proficient knowledge of cooking, the restaurant soon became a topic in town.

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Maude located in the trendy Beverly Hills, with a hidden low-profile shopfront. While once you step into the restaurant, the warm and homey ambiance simply makes you feel like home.

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The restaurant sells tickets for reservations on the first day of each month, while getting a table is very hard, especially at the counter which usually sold out in the first morning. Payments have to be made online to secure a booking.

Only one tasting menu is served at Maude, the menu is changed on a monthly base, the net price is normally below USD $200. We had a Pistachio Theme menu priced at $125++, we also had wine pairing at $150 per head. Most of the dishes are infused by pistachio.

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Pistachio falafel, smoked trout roe

Pistachio falafel, smoked trout roe

Dinner started with two snacks. The pistachio falafel was quite lovely, with a hint of umami flavors of the trout roe. Foie gras dumpling with a rhubarb skin was smooth, while the skin could be softer.

Unfortunately, the following two dishes were underwhelming. The lettuce dish was too grassy and lack of flavors, too as the pea soup which was too clean and boring.

Rhubarb and Foie gras dumpling

Rhubarb and Foie gras dumpling

Lettuce, nettles, pistchio, yogurt

Lettuce, nettles, pistchio, yogurt

Peas and seaweed soup, fennel, pistachio, herbs

Peas and seaweed soup, fennel, pistachio, herbs

Beetroot tartare, olive and tomato crisps

Beetroot tartare, olive and tomato crisps

Followed by beetroot tartare which was not too bad. I really loved the Mortadella, a perfectly poached egg dish. The egg was so deliciously creamy, with a soft and airy homemade focaccia to finish all the indulgent yolk in the plate.

Mortadella, pistachio gribiche, homemade focaccia

Mortadella, pistachio gribiche, homemade focaccia

DSC02919Lobster, Asparagus, morel

DSC02919Lobster, Asparagus, morel

Pistachio ravioli, lemon, dill, broccoli dicicco

Pistachio ravioli, lemon, dill, broccoli dicicco

Most dishes we had at Maude was flawless, such as the appetiting lobster dish and the ravioli. I especailly love the ravioli with an al dante pasta skin packed with creamy pistachio filling. Three pieces were not enough to satisfy my cravings for a good pasta dish :(

DSC02929Aged duck, fiddle head, puntarelle, kumquat

DSC02929Aged duck, fiddle head, puntarelle, kumquat

The aged duck breast was definitely an highlight of the meal. Compare to a disappointing duck dish i have had at the famous Providence restaurant few days ago, this beautiful dish was much nicer. Succulent, flavorful, and well-balanced.

Cheese: Casatica cheese, beet salad

Cheese: Casatica cheese, beet salad

Dessert: Spumoni, chocolate, strawberry, toasted pistachio

Dessert: Spumoni, chocolate, strawberry, toasted pistachio

Through back to my fine dining experiences in the United States, most of the desserts are too sweets for my liking. While this was some of the expections. However, the tastes were not very impressive.

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Every dish runs quite smooth throughout the menu, totally different from other fine dining restaurants i have visited in LA which are too heavy for my liking. I like chef's philosophy and concept of the menu. It was a nice experience, flawless but i found there's nothing really surprised me (us) as the first part was underwhelming. The main dishes work very well.  My partner had been to Maude several times and always have the same thought as i do. But consider to its more pocket-friendly pricetag throughout all the fancy restaurants in town, what should i complain more?


Maude

Date Visited: March.5.2016 (Dinner)

Address: 212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills

Hours: 5:30~10pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays

Cost: $125 Tasting menu, $150 wine pairing (before ++)

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