Set along Palo Alto's main thoroughfare in a nondescript building, spot the bold glass door marking the entrance to Baumé. Inside, it is dark and moody with a modernist sensibility, starring orange-hued walls and fabric room dividers.
From the sky-high prices and plush trimmings (fine glassware and Christofle settings) to the diminutive portions, it's all a bit of a throwback to the excess of the 90s at this luxurious-minded lair, where Chef Bruno Chemel helms the kitchen and Mrs. Chemel runs the front of house. Wines, by the glass or as pairings, are also exorbitantly priced, though they may include fine French varieties and vintages.
In addition to spending a bundle, you'll be spending quite a few hours here, as the menu unveils nine courses. These plates may offer the likes of a glistening green leek stuffed with a delicate salmon mousse and resting over a pool of curry sauce with yuzu foam. Roasted California squab with aged balsamic vinegar is rich and buttery, though the tiny portion will likely leave you wanting more. Green apple sorbet is refreshing; and pear mousse shaped to resemble the fruit and embellished with gold leaf is a fitting send-off.