L'Auberge Carmel

Overall Rating: 5.600


Address: Monte Verde St.
Cross Street(s): 7th Ave., on East side
City, State ZIP: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93920
Neighborhood: N/A
Phone: 831.624.8578
Hours: M-Su 5:30pm-9:00pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating:
6.00
Barista: 5
Savvy: 5
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Fiorenzato
Coffee Rating:
5.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 4
Brightness: 5
Crema: 6
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Tazzina Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: Hutschenreuther
Price: $4.00
Last Update: 10/30/2005
First Reviewed: 10/30/2005
Notes: N/A

Review

Welcome to foodie insanity, complete with an ultra-expensive nine-course set meal (they sometimes will sneak in an additional course) and wine pairings of up to 11 small glasses. It will take over three hours to eat here, so you may as well relax, enjoy it, and not worry about your exhorbitant bill.

In their very clean kitchen they use a single-group, chrome Fiorenzato machine to produce an espresso with under 10-second pours. So not surprisingly, the espresso tastes a bit watery for the mild spice flavor. With a lighter brown, meager crema.

What's so disappointing about their coffee service is that they will offer you Danish smoked salt with your meal and will showcase literally six different kinds of sugar for your coffee, and yet the coffee itself is offered as only one kind and barely better than something you might expect from a tap. Not the way to leave a last impression on guests after such an extravagant meal.