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Oct 31, 2006 01:50 PM

The Best but Least Expensive Tasting Menu?

Are there any hidden gems out there?

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  1. If you don't mind putting yourself at the mercy of culinary school students, the 561 Restaurant's 8-course lunch is a steal for $35 on Thurs. & Fri. ( , my review of their tasting menu dinner recently.) Not all the dishes are going to be a hit, but they're all generally good.

    That aside, I also enjoyed Opus' spontaneous 3-course spontaneous tasting for $30 (which usually turns out to have a few extra amuses from the chef.



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    1. re: AquaW

      Thanks for the reminding me about 561. It appears that the prices change each week. Last weeks dinner price was $100 with lunch at $54. For $40 more, you can do Providence at $140. How much is Spago generally?

      1. re: JAB

        Spago - 8 courses for $120; with wine parings $180.

        1. re: JAB

          Actually that week was a special event too (they co-partnered with a winery for those meals, so the $54/$100 was a wine-inclusive tasting menu) ~ I was surprised by the price jump so was checking their site.

          But yes, on regular weeks their menu shouldn't be much more than $35 for lunch & $65 for dinner.


          1. re: AquaW

            Thanks, they don't appear to be having anything this week.?

            1. re: JAB

              their tasting menu Webbie is partially up (only dinner menu is available) ~ but I notice their Web information lags -- so call them on Wed./Thurs. to check. (they usually serving the tastings on Thurs/Fri for lunch & dinner)


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        1. Bistro K has 5 courses for $55 and corkage is free. Highly recommended.

          1. Bistro K has 5 courses for $55 and corkage is free. Highly recommended.

            1. Lunch omakase at Abe's BlueFin at Newport beach is only $30 and it's very beautifully presented and tasty to boot. I think it's like 5 courses.