Great Friday night culinary experience at Doug Arango's
I was in LA on Friday on a business trip and decided instead of torturing myself with a red-eye back to NY, I would treat myself to a dectable culinary experience at Doug Arango's. What a wise decision.
A friend joined me for dinner at Doug's. We were starved and asked if they had a tasting menu. The hostess/owner Julie informed us that although there wasn't one listed on the menu that night, she would speak to the chef and see what he could do.
What followed was a great dining experience with eight courses and a real value @ $95.00 per person.
Course One/Amuse: Cured salmon with dill creme-fraiche and capers. I really liked the salmon as it was perfectly smoked.
Course Two: Arugula salad with fresh orange slices and tossed with a light aged sherry vinagrette. A superbly fresh tasting salad that left you wanting more.
Course Three: Pacific Northwest Oysters (not sure what kind). They were tender and buttery and drizzled with aged vinegar and a dash if Jalepeno.
Course Four: An incredibly thin and crispy shrimp pizza, with red pepper, garlic, a touch of cilantro and drizzled with lemon aoili.
This pizza was fantastic!
Course Five: Seared Scallops with saffron risotto and peas and garnished with two slices of crispy italian bacon. The scallops were cooked perfectly - - seared with a crust on one side and yet still moist and medium-rare on the inside. This was my favorite course.
Course Six. Spicy Tuna Tartare served atop a sticky rice cake. The tuna is diced and tossed with some avocado and jalepeno and is truly spicy. If you enjoy spice as I do, this is a must have. This was the only course where we strayed from our wine selection and had a glass of sake.
Course Seven: NY Steak charred with a peppercorn crust and served with grilled rapini and the best French Fries I think I've ever had.
Course Eight/Dessert: Although we were stuffed by this point, I chose a delicious orange rice pudding with a carmelized (creme brulee-like) top and raspberry on the bottom. My friend had a wonderful chocolate mousse cake that was dense yet your fork would slide through it like butter.
We chose a white Burgundy (per the sommeliers recommendation), a very well priced ($95)Chassagne Montrachet that was lighter than a Puligny Montrachet that I was going to order and at half the price. It was a 2003 and although that wasn't the best year, this wine was excellent and a real value.
We also had a red Burgundy. It was 1998 Comte des Vogues Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureures for $220. This was a very refined, well balanced burgundy and very well priced. I was thrilled to see the label read bottle # 00036. I've never had a bottle number that low before. This was a great wine as if from the proprietor's personal stock.
All in all, this was a fantastic culinary delight. I am glad I decided to spend the evening in LA.
I agree with you Ciao Bob, it's an undiscovered gem in West Hollywood. I've been obsessed with the shrimp pizza for the last two months and have it everytime I go. It was a wise choice for you to have that pizza OliverNYLA, your tasting menu looked delicious, I've had many of those items. The Scallops with Risotto are to die for.
Yes, it is the same owner's, I believe it is owned by two sisters and a brother. I simply love it there.
Went to Doug's again this week with some colleagues and had a great chopped salad with salami.