When we asked 5280 Magazine food editor Amanda Faison which restaurant she missed the most, she talked about Aubergine. She detailed the restaurant's ambience and a remembered dish. The chef and owner, Sean Kelly, later opened Claire de Lune, which shuttered a few years later. He was until recently involved in LoHi SteakBar.
It's been 14 years since Aubergine closed and I continue to miss it. I spent many an evening in that small, intimate dining room eating Sean Kelly's beguilingly simple and delicious fried baby artichokes with basil aïoli. To this day, no one has executed that dish as perfectly.