Auburn is the newish restaurant from Chef Eric Bost, a North Carolina native who spent the last decade in the kitchens of Alain Ducasse in Paris, Guy Savoy in Las Vegas and Singapore, and most recently, République in Los Angeles. Here in the former Hatfield’s space, he’s striking out on his own in stunning fashion.
The Astronomer and I came in for drinks and bar bites before catching the Death Cab For Cutie show at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this summer. While I would have preferred to sit down for a proper meal in the main dining room, our perfectly informal introduction to what is otherwise a pretty formal restaurant proved to be just as great.
To start, a “Green Banana” cocktail with mezcal and eucalyptus amaro for me ($19) and a Normandy cider for The Astronomer.
We ordered eight of the ten items on the bar menu this early evening. First up was a warm loaf of country bread served with luscious avocado butter ($9).