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What's the most extravagant dish you've eaten?

I've had tableside Caesar at La Dolce Vita (one of the best), and lobster baked in salt at Stonehill Tavern (gorgeous); the cote du beouf at Patina is virtually theater. And (although not LA) I can't even start on every thing I had at the French Laundry (but my fave: a five minute presentation on salt, nine different kinds, explained and scooped delicately on a small white plate for our meat course).

What are the most extravagant presentation and/or dishes you've had in Los Angeles? What should be on the must-have or must-avoid list?

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  1. Most recently... Goma tofu (sesame seed tofu) with Macha tea powder stuffed with Uni and topped with fresh wasabi and gold flakes at Urasawa in Los Angeles. Out of this world!


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    1. re: Pablo

      Recently on this board, there was a post about not able to be too full from sushi. On that note, has anyone ever left Urasawa wanting more food? What if you're still hungry? Do they charge you more if you'd like more food? I'm contemplating if one can really eat $350 worth of sushi here.

      1. re: banquisha

        Urasawa is $250, I think the fugu sperm sac is an additional $150 when in season. We skipped lunch and still tried to force down the last couple dishes over the course of almost four hours, it was almost too much. I couldn't imagine asking for more without throwing up first!

    2. One of the "prettiest" dishes I've had was the les oeufs at L'Orangerie. It's a creamy egg served on a silver cup and in its shell, topped with Petrossian caviar.

      Also, one can never go wrong with extragavant sushi and sashimi combinations at Nobu or Matushisa if you sit at the bar and say, "Make me a sushi/sashimi plate. Use your imagination." =)

      1. I guess the Hollenbeck Burrito at El Tepeyac doesn't count, huh?

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        1. I had veal with truffles in a restaurant in Florence, Italy. Probably the best dish I've ever eaten. Locally, the 4-seafood appetizer at Patina was outstanding. It was a $23 appetizer and really worth it.

          1. Well, I once spent $3,200 at Restaurant Daniel in New York. EVERYTHING was extravagant. (Or at least I keep telling myself.)

            1. Each time we've eaten at The French Laundry, it was a delicious dining experience. I love the way they serve the men and women, something different for each course. The last time we were there, our teacher friends almost passed out when the bill came! We understood why.

              1. I ate abalone that costs $900 a pound and birds next soup at $190 an ounce. That abalone was a libido booster and definitely some of the best I've ever had. I can't remember how much I ate but I definitely had 3rds and 4ths. That was breakfast my first day with my foodie Aunt.

                1. Masa in New York - the whole experience. Couldn't look at more pedestrian, indelicate food for two days.