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SPAGO=The Best TM LUNCH in LA

russkar Nov 29, 2006 01:26 PM

Yesterday 4 of us decended on Spago for Lunch (11:45a).
I had PRE- ordered the TM so the kitchen had time to prepare in advance.

Salmon Tartar Cone
Foie Gras Mousse
Mini Salmon Pizza
Seared Foie Gras w/fig

Sweet Breads

Angelotti Pasta w/ ALBA White Truffles

Tazamanian Prawn

Venison Medallion

3 Cheese Platter

Mini Apple Cobbler w/ ice cream

125-ea, time 4+ hrs

wines: Gavi de Gavi (S), 64 Clos V (Gros), 96 CLR (burg), 88 Griottes C (chezeau), 88 Sauturne , 70 Latour

Service was perfect along with the food!

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    ostudio Nov 29, 2006 03:54 PM

    sounds delicious! wow impressive lunch for a tuesday afternoon.
    how were the sweetbreads and venison prepared?

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    1. re: ostudio
      russkar Nov 29, 2006 04:00 PM

      Sweetbreads were light tempura.
      Slow Roast on the Venison (best I've had in a long time, very delicate)

    2. jcwla Nov 29, 2006 06:17 PM

      The Spago tasting menu lunch is a must to avoid!

      The pasta in particular tastes like cardboard.

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      1. re: jcwla
        russkar Nov 29, 2006 10:10 PM

        You apparently did not attend lunch with us yesterday. If you had the only cardboard you would be referring to would be the box holding our empty wine bottles. Everyone in attendance yesterday is either a serious foodie or a wine collector who has dined at Spago several times and the verdict was unanimous, EXCELLENT!!

        1. re: russkar
          sku Nov 29, 2006 10:23 PM

          I had the tasting menu for dinner a few weeks ago and they had veal cheek tortellini with white truffles. It was absolutely superb. The best white truffle dish I've had and better than any of the other pasta/white truffle dishes I've had there.

          1. re: russkar
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            Ingrid Ingrid Nov 30, 2006 08:16 PM

            What is Spago's corkage policy?

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              RicRios Nov 30, 2006 09:20 PM

              Theoretically, still $25/btl (Corkage at CUT is $35), and I believe one charge waved for ea btl you buy.
              But in practice, it is ad-libitum of the waiter/sommelier/manager.

          2. re: jcwla
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            Bert Nov 29, 2006 11:13 PM

            I think the Spago BH pasta is the best around, as good as any high-end italian place. the Agnolotti with white truffles is absolutely amazing. but that's already been repeated ad nauseum in this thread!

            1. re: jcwla
              emily Nov 30, 2006 04:12 PM

              I don't remember that the pasta tasted like cardboard, but the truffle agnolotti at Spago was a let down when we tried it. I make truffle pasta at home and have had it in Italy and Spago's was not a good version.

              1. re: emily
                hrhboo Nov 30, 2006 06:17 PM

                I too was disappointed with the pasta at Spago.

            2. Clare K Nov 29, 2006 09:26 PM

              I think the pasta at Spago is stellar.

              1. ipsedixit Nov 30, 2006 05:40 PM

                While I don't necessarily disagree about Spago's tasting menu at lunch being the "best," I really don't think there's real competition.

                After all, how many restaurants actually have a tasting menu for lunch?

                On that note, anyone know if Cimarusti is planning a tasting menu for lunch at Providence?

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                1. re: ipsedixit
                  russkar Nov 30, 2006 05:54 PM

                  I have the Chef's Tasting Menu at Providence for lunch several times. Unfortunately he's only open Fri's like Valentino. Plan on about 3 hours. La Cachette does a nice Tasting Menu for Lunch also with notice.

                  1. re: russkar
                    ipsedixit Nov 30, 2006 05:57 PM

                    How does Providence's lunch TM compare with Spago's?

                    -thanks.

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      russkar Nov 30, 2006 06:28 PM

                      Completely different!
                      Providence's TM is much more sophisticated and unique.
                      Prices are similar 85-120 depending on the Truffles and Caviar.

                      1. re: russkar
                        ipsedixit Dec 1, 2006 12:05 AM

                        I've been to Providence for the TM several times (both 5 and 9 courses) and have been left somewhat disappointed, or perhaps a better way of putting it is underwhelmed.

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          russkar Dec 1, 2006 04:03 AM

                          I've been to Providence 30+ times and had the Chef's menu (12courses)120- and been blow away, along with my guests.
                          I also like Pizza Next Door in Downtown.

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