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Baume.jpgFor his Sunday review, the Bauership beams into Palo Alto, visiting Baume, the molecular gastronomy-driven restaurant chef Bruno Chemel started after an unceremonious departure from Chez TJ last December. Bauer spends much of the review darting back and forth between disappointment and elation due largely to Baume's somewhat strange prix fixe situation. Only the ingredients are revealed before one must choose between a 5-, 10- or 15-course menu: "While it's a fun idea, and I was appropriately wowed the first time when I tiptoed into Chemel's world with the five-course menu, the menu changed very little over three visits... For me, the five course was perfect. When I ordered 15, it felt as if too many concepts were repeated." Chemel is left behind with a non-shocking 2.5 stars. [Chron]


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