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ISO Notable Prix-Fixe Menus

AquaW Jun 27, 2006 05:26 PM

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.

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  1. modernist RE: AquaW Jun 27, 2006 06:28 PM

    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.

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      ipsedixit RE: modernist Jun 27, 2006 06:56 PM

      Concur. The 3 course lunch menu at Joe's is something like 16 bucks. Best bargain this side of the 405.

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        modernist RE: ipsedixit Jun 27, 2006 07:27 PM

        the price has gone up slightly i think its like 18, but there are more choices. 2 or 3 choices per course. which is nice! still a great deal. the two course entree options have gone up in price slightly, to around 13-16 dollars.

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        Nicole RE: modernist Jun 27, 2006 09:33 PM

        Is the Joe's lunch deal only on weekdays, or is it available on weekends as well?

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          modernist RE: Nicole Jun 27, 2006 10:35 PM

          you might want to call. i do know that they have delicious brunch. im not sure if thats in addition to or instead of.

      3. ipsedixit RE: AquaW Jun 27, 2006 06:55 PM

        Some to consider.

        TABLE ONE at the Hotel Bel-Air (http://www.hotelbelair.com/tableone.html


        RESTAURANT 561 at the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena (http://www.561restaurant.com/


        Then of course there is URASAWA, if you consider omakase as a prix-fixe meal.

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          AquaW RE: ipsedixit Jun 27, 2006 07:58 PM

          Oh yea, I've been to 561 too - nice stuff, though very slightly miffed that what's actually served and the prices didn't match what was on the Website (which was "updated" that day). Thanks.

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          glutton RE: AquaW Jun 27, 2006 06:57 PM

          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.

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            NAspy RE: glutton Jun 27, 2006 08:34 PM

            I really enjoy the lunch at lily's -- it's tasty, unpretentious in a lovely setting

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            New Trial RE: AquaW Jun 27, 2006 07:26 PM

            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.

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              slacker RE: AquaW Jun 27, 2006 11:48 PM

              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.

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                AquaW RE: slacker Jun 28, 2006 04:52 PM

                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!)

              2. tatertots RE: AquaW Jun 28, 2006 07:21 PM

                Melisse - Santa Monica, I'm not sure the price. But the food, service, ambience is always noteworthy!

                1. chica RE: AquaW Jun 28, 2006 07:51 PM

                  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.

                  have fun!

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                    rachelinthecity RE: AquaW Jun 28, 2006 09:11 PM

                    the sunday supper at dominick's is simple and great and only $15 for 3-courses. $10 bottles of wine. fun and casual and a steal for a sunday night.

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