Requesting recent tasting menu recs
Anybody have some recommendations from recent tasting menu experiences? Providence will be the usual response, but I've been there, and would like to try something else. Also, I know Spago is good, but please, other suggestions would be appreciated.
It's hard to get a feel from restaurant websites since these menus change so often, and most don't even list what's on the tasting menus.
I've done searches, and Grace, La Cachette, Hatfield's, AOC, Opus, etc. come up a lot. I like the menu to be diverse and creative.
Food will be the main focus. I like good service, but food is my only true concern.
Who's the got the best current menu (besides Providence & Spago)? The meal would be on a Friday night.
thanks in advance
Valentino is supposed to be good.
OPus and Grace are said to be nice.
I frankly have only done Providence ans Spago. Hard to go anywhere else but providence.
re: kek is khmer
$75.00 food only, paired with their selections add $45.00. It was so delicious. We had one of the menu Vintner's and the other was one chef Andrew just made up for me of different things. They really do a good job. You can read about him at this site www.hawaiidiner.com in the archives look up his name, it's a recent interview. We ate there 3 times during our stay (we were at the GCH Hotel) in the bar twice and then the chef's counter. The bar is a great place to sit and relax and enjoy the large bar menu, they have 55 wines by the glass as well as some fun cocktails. I really liked the venison sausage with cavetelli pasta, spigarella broccoli and charred tomato essence and the Sauteed sea of cortez diver scallops with sauce of lemon, lobster and vanilla.We basically ate our way through the entire menu during our 3 visits and loved everything.
Whoever's got the best regular menu stands to have the best tasting menu (though people will offer Spago with the caveat of only ordering the tasting menu).
In my mind, Grace is one of the top three restaurants in the city, in no particular order among Spago and AOC. Chef Neal Fraser offers up a great rendition of American cuisine so it'll be different from the French-bent of the other spots.
I've not had the TM at Opus but I did way back when the chef was at Meson G, so I will vouch for his skill.
I also had Hatfield's TM last year, so it won't fit your time frame, but I've read recent reviews that were in line with mine. Here's my review with pics:
My votes would be for Grace, then Opus.
I've been to Manresa and I think Opus' menu was a little more playful. I do think that Opus lacks the same finesse in presentation and execution as many of the NorCal heavy hitters do, but all of the food tastes good and the service is exceptional. Overall, it's a good meal and a bargain for LA, but I do think Bay Area chefs tend to be more inventive.
Opus' coddled egg reminded me of the soft-boiled piece of heaven that I had at Manresa...
You can check out my Opus post from last month: http://poptisserie.blogspot.com/2007/...
i don't think it's ever mentioned but angelini osteria has a tasting menu that's available on request. ~7 courses for $80 but the kicker is the accompanying wine pairing is only $25! I had it a year ago on my 1st visit to angelini and again last night. if you like italian and never been, this would be a great introduction to the place. go hungry because it's A LOT of food (big portions, generous pours).
no you don't have to request in advance. i'd imagine if the place was busy and packed (more so than usual) the chef may decline the challenge.
from memory of what i had last night, may be hazy due to wine...
farro salad -small amuse
tuna crudo -small amuse
portabello, arugula, parmesan salad with shaved summer truffle
polipo warm octopus salad (i specifically asked to include this)
baked lamb t-bone wrapped in parchment
baked fig with gorgonzola and port gelato
panna cotta with berries (tandem mascarpone with berries)