You don't need a comprehensive menu to put out exciting food and I think Baratin Cafe in Scottsdale is a perfect example of this. What you'll find here is a very simple menu that changes regularly, comprised of seasonal dishes with Chef Charleen Badman's special joojoo, as co-owner Pavle Milic might say. Their sister restaurant, FnB gets most of the press around town, but Baratin deserves just as much praise.
Baratin is a french word that means: "To sweet talk". The food they serve is the perfect embodiment of this credo. I think Skillet Doux says it best in the quote below:
It's the "Do it better" part of the quote which I think justifies a FNA nomination. The high quality of what comes out of the tiny kitchen will sweet talk you into coming back again and again.Skillet Doux wrote:Do less, do it better.
Take a look at the discussion thread, you'll see a common theme throughout but several different dishes that illustrates what M_L says above. Chef Badman will take you on a carefully crafted journey whether you realize you're actually on a journey or not.M_L wrote:This is probably my favorite thing about Baratin, the small, limited, take it or leave it menu. I think this goes to what people have said in the FnB thread, not to crosstalk, but let Charleen tell you what to get and just enjoy it. Here you are essentially getting that and nothing else.
Another reason I feel they deserve a nomination:
Given the beliefs that this board was founded on, I couldn't agree more. A restaurant putting out food of this caliber should have Pizzeria Bianco type waits... I'm glad that it's a little bit of a secret but it most definitely shouldn't be.Skillet Doux wrote:So why isn't Baratin packed to the rafters on a Saturday afternoon? Travesty.
FnB Discussion Threads:
FnB - discuss
Lunch at FnB [Formerly Baratin]
7125 East 5th Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85281