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$200 (on my boss!!) tonight!

Dave and Stuff Oct 30, 2006 09:21 PM

My boss gave me $200 to take my GF out to eat. We want to stay in Hollywood-ish...

A nice bonus, but not sure where to go...we have EXACTLY $200...not a dime more...

What can you suggest?

  1. mollyomormon Oct 30, 2006 09:23 PM

    If that were mine, I'd do the six course tasting menu at Opus. With that and a martini each, I think you'd be right about there.

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      bluebandit Oct 30, 2006 09:25 PM

      Go to Providence, sit without a reservation at one of the small tables in the bar, and share several courses with a couple of glasses of wine. Unpretentious service from the bartender, and the best food in the area. Don't forget to save room for the cheese selection for dessert!

      1. liu Oct 30, 2006 11:27 PM

        If I had $200 in change jingling in my pocket, I would go the sushi route! You might have trouble spending all of it at Azami, but you will be able to spend it well at Sushi Zo or even Kiriko on Sawtelle in WLA (sorry, I know, not Hollywood-ish). So, if it were I, this is the way I would go -- no other options sound as good.

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        1. re: liu
          westsidegal Oct 31, 2006 05:23 PM

          judging from past posts on this board, kiriko could very well end up being much more than $200 for two.

          judging from my own experience with sushi zo, $200 would be adequate there.

          1. re: westsidegal
            liu Oct 31, 2006 05:59 PM

            Sushi is so open-ended; the cost is always a mystery! We try to guess, before we look at the bill, and sometimes we are waaaay off. I wish each seat had a built-in electronic or mechanical counter, and that way, as you order, your tab would continuously total on the little counter in front of you.

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          slacker Oct 30, 2006 11:34 PM

          Can we switch bosses?

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            pjsace Oct 30, 2006 11:54 PM

            Matsuhisa would be my selection $200 should cover almost the entire bill, but if you're like me you might spend about $300 for 2 people including drinks and tip.

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              NAspy Oct 31, 2006 03:30 AM

              I concur on the Opus or sushi recommendations and with either Kiriko or Zo you can't go wrong, though after dinner, Kiriko is in a more fun part of town.

              Opus is in the most fun part of all three and nearest to Hollywoodish.

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                AquaW Oct 31, 2006 04:20 PM

                So where did you two wound up and how did it turn out?


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                1. re: AquaW
                  Dave and Stuff Oct 31, 2006 07:42 PM

                  Well, after all these cool ideas, I'm a little ashamed to say it, but th egirlfriend said "How about steak?", so we went to Arnie Morton's in Beverly Hills, and had a lovely time.

                  Crab cakes (we ordered 2) were very good...a B+
                  Caesar (wesplit one) not so good...a C-...wouldn't order again
                  Ribeye and Double Filet, cooked perfectly: A
                  Cocktails (two grapefruit martinis): Excellent!: A
                  Asparagus with Hollandaise: Good, but cold: B-
                  Potatoes Lyonnaise: OK, but more onions than potatoes: B-
                  Service: Very friendly and professional...had answers to all our questions: A-
                  Chocolate Souffle: At $15, I probably wouldn't order again: B

                  Total, including a "just over 20%" tip: $208

                  1. re: Dave and Stuff
                    ipsedixit Oct 31, 2006 07:43 PM

                    Not bad for an $8 meal ...

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      Dave and Stuff Oct 31, 2006 09:02 PM

                      Agreed...the best meals are the ones that your boss pays for!

                    2. re: Dave and Stuff
                      AquaW Oct 31, 2006 09:43 PM

                      well it'll be our little secret ;)
                      glad most of your dinner went well.


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