Curtis Stone’s Maude isn’t slowing down after a successful relaunch this year with quarterly wine region-inspired menus. The first three months at the intimate Beverly Hills tasting menu restaurant centered around Rioja, a highly regarded but often forgotten region in Spain. The next region will focus on Burgundy in France, surely one of the most celebrated and prized wine growing regions in the entire world.
Executive chef Justin Hilbert will use a prime spring produce season to assemble a pretty elevated take on classic French dishes like escargot in herb butter, roasted foie gras, bisque (with Santa Barbara spot prawn), and a roasted spring lamb. Head sommelier Andrey Tolmachyov puts together three wine pairings, each labeled like Burgundy’s own tiered system of Villages, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru. The price for the tasting menu alone is a fairly reasonable $125 a person, which includes ten courses, including hor d’oeuvres and ending with desserts and cheeses in Maude’s new upstairs wine “loft”.
Wine pairings, which are pretty highly encouraged but not necessarily required, start at $125 for the Villages, up to $250 for the Premier Cru, and a staggering $500 for the Grand Cru. The two higher tiers definitely seem oriented to oenophiles and moneyed wine fans, but the opportunity to taste through some pretty special bottles is a good consideration. The Villages has some newer vintages and even some very respectable pours like Samuel Billaud “Les Vallions” premier cru chablis while the Premier tier pairing serves Francois Carillon “Les Enseignieres” premier cru Puligny Montrachet from 2014.
LA’s wine focus has recently focused on the biodynamic and natural at bars and restaurants across the city, but the opportunity to taste some special Burgundy wines, and paired up with elegant fine dining dishes, is always a nice splurge. Maude’s focus from a monthly ingredient menu to a quarterly wine region tasting has been pretty successful for both diners who have a greater opportunity to taste a specific set of dishes, and also for the staff who feel unburdened from having to come up with new menus every few weeks. Reservations for the Burgundy menu are now available on Tock.
Maude. 212 South Beverly Drive. Beverly Hills, CA 90212.