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What's your most recent WOW! Moment at an LA restaurant?

I'm talking about one of those moments where the mood isn't merely good. It isn't even great. It transcends all of that and completely changes the way you think and judge other dishes and flavors. Has there been a WOW! Moment for you at an LA restaurant lately? Did it come from a classic like Patina or Melisse? Was it at one of the new places like Fraiche or Mozza? Was it at an ethnic place like Sabor a Mexico or Thai Nakorn? Was it the pistachio gelato at Bulgarini or the dates at AOC?

My most recent was probably an omakase tasting at Sushi Zo, where Keizo-san was just hitting on all cylinders and everything came out fan-freakin-tastic. The paragon of that sitting was the ankimo, the monkfish liver. Up to that point, I'd never known that a sushi restaurant could come close to the depth of flavor of sweetbreads or foie gras, but I now stand corrected.

So, what has wow'ed you recently?

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  1. I had two on Saturday... I've eaten it a dozen times, but the hand-carved pastrami on rye at Langer's is transcendental. And then, I drove about 10 minutes down the street to Mateo's for a paleta of leche quemada. Wow.

    1. The chilaquiles at Pepy's Galley on Venice had me WOW!ing last weekend. I was just the right degree of hungover and it hit the spot perfectly.

      I had a WOW! piece of bread pudding at 3 Square yesterday, it had just come out of the oven and was warm and fragrant.

      The biggest WOW! moment I experienced of late was the fava bean veloute with sweetbreads and razor clams served at the 5x5 Chef's dinner at Providence.

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      1. re: hrhboo

        hey hr.

        do they serve composed desserts in the restauant in the evenings? or is all just bakery goods from next door?

        do you happen to know also if they serve the apple pancake at dinner for dessert?

        thanks.

        1. re: kevin

          The desserts they serve at dinner time are different from what's in the bakery. I'm not 100% certain of this, but I'm pretty sure the apple pancake is only served at breakfast and lunch.

          1. re: hrhboo

            thanks, i'll have to hit it up for dinner, lunch is not their strong suit.

      2. Pistachio nut milkshake eaten with a churro.

        Pistachio nut milkshake courtesy of Fosselman's.

        Churro from your local neighborhood Costco.

        Milkshake and churro? Priceless.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          The ice crdam shop on board the Queen Mary, in Long Beach, has an EXCELLENT.pistachio milkshake or malt. If you are just going to eat, you can tell that to the admissions people, and avoid paying the QM entrance fee.

          1. re: droyal

            I haven't done this in years, but you used to be able to get on the Queen Mary for free by going through the hotel.

        2. not me, i already knew this, but my husband recently had angel hair pasta that was actually al dente (at 2117 in sawtelle). he actually asked is angel hair pasta usually made from the same flour that other pastas are made of (he doesnt know. and hes used to badly over cooked pasta).

          he loved it. it was definitely a wow moment for him.

          1. 1)
            Sunday supper at Luques a few weeks ago was much better than it had been on my previous few visits. The two entrees offered that night were pork belly and trout, our tables was swapping plates and bites galore. The service was pretty negligent but the meal itself was delicious.

            2)
            Pretty much everything at Mozza is very good (and has been disected endlessly on this board) but two things stood out on my last visit, the beets with horseradish app and the greek yogurt gelato for desert. So, so good.

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            1. re: bodie

              I was so unimpressed with the Sunday Supper at Luques - service & especially food. Hmm, maybe it was an off night and I need to check it out again...