ISO Notable Prix-Fixe Menus
Hi fellow LA Chowhounds.
I've been interested in Prix-fixe menus as of late (since portions are usually more modest and prices usually a bit better, not to mention a good and rotating variety of dishes) and wondering if you chowhounds have any recommendations.
I went to Jiraffe's yesterday for their Monday night bistro (menu at www.jirafferestaurant.com , which I thought was pretty good) and I also know Josie ( www.josierestaurant.com ) has a Farmer's Market night on Wednesday, which I may go next week (unless there's something you guys know that I don't ;).) Also been to Culinary Academy's restaurant 561 ( www.561restaurant.com ) for their prix-fixe tasting menu.
Details are also much appreciated (what nights do they go prix-fixe, items you've had, prices, Web URL). Thanks.
Table One at Hotel Bel-Air. You're basically dining with the chefs in action around you.
Patina also has a similar Chef's Table.
Providence - more seafood.
Ritz Carlton in Pasadena - some of the most creative appetizers, entrees, and desserts, paired exquisitely; beautiful decor and great service.
Spago - My MOST memorable prixe-fixe dinner. Everything from beginning to end wowed me. They will also cater to a special dietary need, or request.
La Cachette - Santa Monica. French.
Melisse - also SM, french.
Noe at the Omni Hotel - beautiful interior, and creative dishes.
Water Grill - hands-down some of the best seafood in downtown. It also has a dessert tasting menu. Go for it!
Geoffrey's - beAUTiful view. Food is seafood, as expected.
Saddle Peak Lodge - game! great outdoorsy, hunting cabin feel; very refined.
There's always Roy's, they have a $33 one that includes app, entree, dessert. entree and dessert same size as on regular menu.
Last time I was at Patina they had a couple of prix fixe, a seafood oriented one, and a regular one which is what I got; excellent but a little too much food for me.
Speaking of which, I was at 561 recently for regular dinner, not prix fixe, and that dinner made me sick and tired all over again of oversized portions. ie, for a first course salad, I don't need a dinner plate brimming over with endless arugula. It was good, but for goodness sakes, just give me half and charge me half.
Thanks for the tip on Roy's (I actually heard about the guy on a Food Channel show about Hawaiian cuisine... even though I believe his stuff is more fusion) ~ $33 sounds like a deal for a restaurant that normally costs $50+ (according to Opentable at least)
I've never had 561 on the regular menu but thanks for the heads-up, I will probably stick with the tasting menu (all the portions looked modest but after 8 courses it's a plenty!)
Campanile has a 3 course Monday night family dinner for $35 that changes each week and, when Mark Peel is in town, often has a Wednesday chef's menu as well (pricier). Thursdays, La Terza does its own 3 course "Mare e Monte" dinner (also $35, if I recall correctly), which has a seafood appetizer, followed by one or more roasted meats and dessert.
Though it is not on the same par as Lucques, Joe's, or Jiraffe, they have a prix fixe lunch on Saturdays at Lilly's Cafe in Venice, next door to Joe's. They do nice, classic French bistro food. It's a capable and reliable kitchen, though not spectacular. Pleasant setting, too.
i guess the ultimate prix fixe is the sunday supper at lucques, which is always a winner. you can always call ahead for the menu. it used to be 35 for 3 courses but now its 40 i believe.
for value, i love lunch at joe's if you happen to be in venice. three courses for under 20 and damned good food.