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Best "Splurge" Restaurant in LA

Dundie Dec 7, 2006 06:18 PM

Some friends of mine did a "battle of the sexes" type bet, losers take the winners out to dinner where ever they want to go. We have a vegetarian (who eats fish) to consider, and we want to stay somewhere near Hollywood/Mid-Wilshire/Santa Monica area. Any suggestions?

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    silverlakebodhisattva Dec 7, 2006 06:21 PM

    All together now:


    r gould-saltman

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    1. re: silverlakebodhisattva
      choctastic Dec 8, 2006 02:29 AM

      lol! not that i disagree...

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      jacinthe Dec 7, 2006 06:24 PM

      Another idea, while not as extravagant (or expensive!) as Urasawa but still a bit of a splurge - Providence.

      1. chica Dec 7, 2006 06:27 PM

        Melisse - which also has a vegetarian tasting menu

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        1. re: chica
          chowmominLA Dec 9, 2006 09:38 AM

          Best mashed potatoes I've ever had were from Melisse.

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          kevin Dec 7, 2006 06:31 PM

          cut order the kobe steak for yourself a nice bottle of wine apps and sides and desert and you might just hit 300 per. or over that.

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          1. re: kevin
            ipsedixit Dec 7, 2006 06:35 PM

            Ditto that.

            Although I'd go for the bone-in filet with a SIDE of the Japanese Wagyu rib-eye ...


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            Mr. Cookie Dec 7, 2006 07:15 PM

            Grace should be on the list.

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              ostudio Dec 7, 2006 07:18 PM

              hit them where it hurts.

              1. sku Dec 7, 2006 10:03 PM

                I would add Sona.

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                  silverlakebodhisattva Dec 8, 2006 03:05 AM

                  on reconsideration, does the bet include DRINKS? I believe I saw a flight of Opus One bottles from a string of years back to the '90's, at Chinoise on Main that could set someone back $600-700 before you actually got to any FOOD!

                  r gould-saltman

                  1. adelly Dec 9, 2006 04:18 AM

                    if you want to really have the most expensive meal, it would probably have to be urasawa. otherwise, you can always eat at places such as l'orangerie, patina, sona (too bad bastide is already closed!!!). i've never spent less than $150/person at any of these places.

                    1. SauceSupreme Dec 9, 2006 05:56 AM

                      Grace is great, but is quite frugal in comparison to Japanese restaurants, with Urasawa being the belle of the price ball.

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                        chowmominLA Dec 9, 2006 09:43 AM

                        I just want to point out the contrast between this thread and one "overheard in the boards":

                        "Are my seafood leftovers from Applebees yesterday still fresh enough to eat tonight?"

                        1. hrhboo Dec 9, 2006 05:39 PM

                          After a stupendous dinner last night, I would say Providence, hands down. The chef's tasting menu was one of the most satisfying splurges I've had to date (and believe me, I splurge a lot!)

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                            silverfish Dec 9, 2006 06:26 PM

                            urasawa! the ultimate splurge. if that's pushing it a bit, next tier down for me would be sona or providence. have been to both with vegetarians and no one went hungry. l'orangerie is about to close, but i wasn't terribly impressed with the food on my last visit. service was lovely though.

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