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Best Tasting Menu in LA?

SebastianRedSox Sep 20, 2006 09:40 PM

My mom is coming to town and I want to find a top-quality tasting menu so I can take her out.

I've done a few in the past, and my abosolute favorite is Providence. It was unbelievable and I'd take her there in a heartbeat, but I like to save the visits to that restaurant for my fiance, cause she's a what do you call it? pescatarian? I always forget the name. whatever it is, she only eats fish.

So i was thinking of branching out w/ something a little more wide ranging, but really any thing you all love is welcome suggestion.


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    garnishgirly Sep 20, 2006 10:08 PM

    One word for you...SONA!!

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    1. re: garnishgirly
      BabyLitigator Sep 21, 2006 12:46 AM

      I second Sona. Damned good.
      I'm a fan of Melisse, but it's a bit more intense.

    2. Clare K Sep 20, 2006 10:38 PM

      OPUS. Search and find my post on my dinner there last week...

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        BeachGrub Sep 20, 2006 10:43 PM

        Providence or Melisse would be my votes.

        1. ipsedixit Sep 20, 2006 10:51 PM

          Water Grill or Spago

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            vivien Sep 20, 2006 11:08 PM

            Melisse or Sona. The neat thing about Sona is that they serve different plates. We had the 9 course and ended up trying 18 dishes! Great surprise!

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              jenngen Sep 21, 2006 12:02 AM

              Norman's 8 course tasting menu was the most delicious meal of my life.

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                skwasha Sep 21, 2006 12:26 AM


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                  ostudio Sep 21, 2006 12:49 AM

                  The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton Pasadena- genteel dining room for mom (especially a table on the veranda overlooking the gardens) and the food is outrageously good.
                  Craig Strong's cooking will wow you if you enjoy Providence.

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                    epop Sep 21, 2006 02:33 AM

                    can't complain about nobu's tasting menus, although they tend to repeat so not
                    great for multiple visits

                    1. chica Sep 21, 2006 04:12 AM




                      Spago is a bit more sceney, with power players and celebrities. Tasting menu is downright one of the best I have ever had.

                      The Ritz is quiet, set in a lovely garden, with a handsome neighboring bar, and regal couches and chairs to lounge on. They may have a person playing the accordion or piano, too. Chef Craig Strong is talent.

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                        Frank_Santa_Monica Sep 21, 2006 04:47 AM

                        Alain Giraud at The Peninsula this week and next week. 5 course dinner "Farewell to Summer" is the theme. I'm going!!!

                        We went to his truffle dinner as well, and it was outstanding.

                        Don't miss it.

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                          Liquid Sky Sep 21, 2006 05:27 PM

                          Spago is definitely on my tasting-menu to-do list. Would love to hear more specifics about Sona's and Providence's tasting menus!

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                            SebastianRedSox Sep 21, 2006 11:09 PM

                            Providence's tasting menu is sublime. Michael reminds me of the great joel robuchon in some ways. At least in terms of aim for subtlety. It starts out lots of sharp and refreshing flavors he mixes with oysters and flavorful small fish. Then he opens up to broader, more savory flavors. My favorite dish was a seared day boat scallop with fois gras ravoli, fava bean pate, and summer truffles. It was the most amazing single dish I've ever had. His desserts are not exactly bombastic, but quite refined. The choice of fine cheeses was clearly top notch, someone knew what they were doing (sadly some "5 star" restaurants don't know thier fine cheeses). And definitely go for the wine pairings.

                            Best of all? It's not overpriced.

                          2. jcwla Sep 21, 2006 05:31 PM

                            Urasawa, in for a penny, in for a pound...

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