Best Nouvelle Cuisine

Pastiche Modern Eatery

Pastiche is a seamless composition, featuring an inventive seasonal menu that will please conservative and adventurous eaters (burgers and sweetbreads) with bistro or full-plate options. The professional waitstaff anticipate diners' needs without hovering. Pastiche's Philanthropy with Phlavor project proves their strong sense of community. (They have raised more than $45,000 for local charities.) We love the sophisticated interior and award extra points for decorating with changing works by local artists. Did we mention that the food is outstanding? Try the smoky-rich macaroni and cheese, with the cookie plate and a glass of milk for dessert. Heaven!

Runners up:

2. Feast, 4122 E. Speedway Blvd., 326-9363,

3. Janos, Westin La Paloma, 3770 E. Sunrise Drive, 615-6100,