Restaurant: Mammoth Rock Brasserie
Location: 3029 Chateau Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. (760) 934-4200
Date: December 27, 2015 & March 24, 2016 & Dec 28, 2018 & March 23, 2019
Cuisine: French / American
Rating: excellent, for Mammoth
Mammoth Lakes isn’t exactly a culinary capital, but the Brasserie is one of the better places I’ve found:
Mysteriously, it’s located above — and owned by — the bowling alley!
Yep, downstairs is the Rock & Bowl!
And the upstairs is classy and surprisingly contemporary for Mammoth.
On our second visit we had this huge private room!
From my cellar: 2000 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest. VM 93+. Pale green-tinged straw. Reticent but ripe and highly nuanced nose combines peach, nectarine, lime, lemon skin, nuts and an intriguing, soil-inflected vegetal/smoky quality. Very dry, taut and reserved yet already rich and mouthfilling, with the ripe fruit notes perfectly supported by a flavor of liquid stone. A wine of great energy, finishing with explosive length and powerful minerality. Grand cru size and cut.
Bread & butter.
Butternut squash soup (12/28/19). Very tasty dairy based soup, tasted like corn soup.
House Green Salad. Tomatoes, Cucumber, Carrots, Rice Wine Vinaigrette. One of our party really likes green salads!
And even more feel the same about caesars. Classic Caesar. Romaine, Parmesan, Croutons, Caesar Dressing.
French Onion Soup. Nice broth, solid soup. My version didn’t have enough cheese though.
Beef Carpaccio (12/28/18). Very nice carpaccio.
Special Fois Gras Torchon with toast. Can’t go wrong with foie!
Mary’s Free Range Airline Chicken Breast. Roasted Garlic Cream, Root Vegetable Julienne.
Simple pasta for my son (12/28/18). My son loved this particular pasta.
Grilled Vegetable Wellington. Puff Pastry, Parmesan, Gruyere, Ricotta, Tomato Basil Coulis.
Elk Medallions. Aged Balsamic Demi Glace, Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables.
Lamb chops (12/28/18). Not bad. Could have used a bit more gamey flavor.
Bone In Rib Eye. Roasted Garlic Beurre Blanc, Pomme Frites, Seasonal Vegetables.
Filet with sauce on the side (3/23/19). They likka the sauce here.
Beef Bourguignon with bacon (3/23/19).
Ice Cream Sundae (down at the bowling alley). This wasn’t the greatest, just regular vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup.
MBR is quite excellent for Mammoth. Dishes are a little on the heavy side stylistically, but execution is good, which puts them radically above many places in town — and service was also quite decent.
Revisiting in Dec 2018, MBR remains perhaps the second best (after Skadi) kitchen in Mammoth. It’s actually pretty good, which is a rarity for a town not exactly known for its culinary genius.