Chef Eric Bost steps out on his own with Auburn Restaurant, a fine-dining venture that celebrates culinary passion and craft. Although this is an haute cuisine experience, diners begin their gastronomic adventure with an informal “create your own” prix-fixe tasting menu that offers 4, 6 or 9 courses. The theme here is flexibility and conviviality. Chef Bost emphasises that he wants his guests to have options and not be bound to one prix-fixe menu. Guests dining at the bar may choose from an à la carte menu while indulging in creative cocktails.
Chef Bost brings all his talent and inventiveness to the fore (or ovens) after a culinary education including stints in Paris at Restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and Les Ambassadeurs at the Hôtel de Crillon. He then served as Executive Chef for Guy Savoy in Las Vegas and Singapore. Most recently Bost was the Executive Chef at République in Los Angeles. All of these experiences clearly influence his astonishing cuisine, which is worldly but solidly French.
I am always on the quest for a superb restaurant in Los Angeles with a French flair, and Auburn far exceeded my expectations. Beginning with a beautiful venue, the minimalist interior with open skylights and color palette of white oak and pale leather creates an aesthetic that is warm and inviting. The tables are set far apart from each other in a seamless transition of indoor/outdoor space.
The décor complements the Chef’s innovative and creative menu that highlights ingredients as opposed to altering them. Layered elements are artfully combined on each plate as well as throughout the design space itself.
Chef Bost’s creative menu is exceptional at every level. Each dish is unique and balanced, with intriguing ingredients that are innovatively prepared with perfectly executed flavours. Our meal started with a couple of amuse bouches, and a loaf of warm country bread with avocado butter, made with hand churned butter from France. This alone was extraordinary. Plates such as sugar snap peas with spot prawn, avocado, seaweed and sabayon, and Sonoma duck with turnip, mustard, black garlic and amaranth followed. Add to these the beautiful presentation, artistic attention to detail, and attentive wait staff, and you will enjoy a superb fine-dining experience. Guests may also opt for a wine pairing to enhance the menu.
The menu at Auburn is ambitious and it delivers in spades. Chef Bost is constantly re-inventing his palette of carefully chosen ingredients with 12 rotating dishes. Chef Bost’s talent and skill are an inspiration and a welcome addition to the Los Angeles dining scene!
Auburn, 6603 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
Tel: 323 486-6703
Tuesday – Saturday 5:30-10:30 pm