Curtis Stone’s good looks might have landed him the hosting gig on Top Chef Masters, but it’ll take more than an Australian accent to impress the discerning palates of LA diners.
When his first attempt at SoCal fine dining opens on February 1st, it’ll be the job of Angelenos to judge his skills in the kitchen.
Before you bust out your best Tom Colicchio impression, here’s everything you need to know about Maude, by the numbers.
1: The number of key ingredients they’re focusing on each month. February’s menu kicks off with a citrus theme befitting the SoCal debut.
9: The number of courses you’ll get during dinner. The tasting menu might include anything from fried mussels with blood orange aioli to carrot and orange soup with parsley puree and serrano ham chip.
2.5: The number of hours a typical Maude dinner lasts. Getting through all that lobster crudo and duck ravioli is going to take a while. Speaking of which….
5: The number of people you can bring with you. The 25-seat spot can only accommodate groups of six or fewer. Since you’re going to be spending more than two hours together, choose your group wisely.
125: The number of beers, ciders, and sakes making up the extensive beverage menu. Then again, even with the wrong crew, Maude’s wine list should make the meal and the company plenty enjoyable.
And of course, 0: the number of times you’ll ask Stone to pack his knives and go.
Price: 4 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: South Beverly Public Lot
Scene: Romantic twosomes and starstruck foodies
Nearby: Chin Chin; Honor Bar; Spago