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The ocean-inspired menus at Aubergine, the Restaurant at L’Auberge Carmel, the high-end restaurant at L’Auberge Carmel, are both inventive and delicious. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous anticipating who knows what flights of modernist fancy when I spotted the Pierre Gagnaire quote about being an artist at the top of the menu. But the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant's chef Justin Cogley delivers a dining experience that’s lusciously satisfying and eye opening with his two tasting menus. Diners at Aubergine who choose the four-course tasting menu for $110 can select dishes like spot prawn with lemon verbena, rau ram and jicama, or king salmon with coastal herbs and pineapple weed. We opted for the thrilling chef’s tasting menu for $125, which was filled with surprises from the amuse bouche to the three dessert courses.