I celebrated my very memorable 29th birthday at Eric Bost’s new restaurant, Auburn. It opened mid-March, directly across from Nancy SIlverton’s Mozza.
Bost’s talents have graced iconic restaurants around the world including Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and Les Ambassadeurs at the Hôtel de Crillon. Coincidentally, after Alex and I got engaged in Paris, we dined at Le Meurice de Alain Ducasse – decorated with two Michelin Stars and the most expensive meal of our lives. Bost has also been Chef de Cuisine of Guy Savoy in Las Vegas, receiving 2 Michelin Stars himself. Most recently, Bost was the Executive Chef at LA’s beloved République. Needless to say, our expectations for Auburn were high.
Alex took an Uber to meet me there while I drove directly from work. My route took me through Santa Monica, Century City, Beverly Hills, and along the eclectic storefronts of Melrose. I passed by hipster coffee shops, luxury boutiques, sketchy tattoo parlors, and even a cat cafe. It really felt like a little tour of Los Angeles. As the sun was setting, I put on a “California Dreamin’” Spotify playlist to soak it all in.
A few weeks before, I had unknowingly passed by Auburn and thought to myself, “That looks like a nice, fancy restaurant.” The exterior is clean, geometric, and intimate. A modern wooden door with a large glass panel welcomes you in. We had reservations for 7:30, and the hostess led us to our table in the semi-outdoor terrace with a direct view of the kitchen.
I had been studying the menu every day and reading reviews on Eater LA and Yelp to figure out what we should order. We decided to each indulge in the 6-course so we could try the full menu. The waiter explains that the menu reads like a book. Items on the top left are lighter appetizers, courses in the middle are entrees, and dishes on the last row are desserts.
At the end of the meal, the host came out to ask us how our meal was. We gave our compliments and when he asked about how we had heard about Auburn, I I mentioned that we had dined at Le Meurice by Alain Ducasse. The name drop prompted the host to bring Chef Bost out. He talked to us and even signed our menu which is now hanging beautifully next to our Parisian menu from Le Meurice, signed by executive Chef Jocelyn Herland.
Overall, Auburn is an exceptional French fine dining experience with California flair. It’s upscale yet still casual. Missy Elliot’s “Get Your Freak On” played in the background on the outdoor speakers. Every ingredient and design choice is intentional. The custom furniture is stunning yet functional. The tablecloths have magnets that snap into place under the tables to keep the fabric taut with crisp edges.
For anyone who enjoys and appreciates fine dining, Auburn is a must. I can’t wait to see how it continues to grow and evolve the LA food culture.