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indochine Jun 22, 2007 05:39 PM

Hi all,

Im going to switzerland for a culinary study abroad program for 3 months this summer. So before i bid adieu, i want one last great dinner with my boyfriend. Just like all of u, I love an unforgettable tasting menu with wine pairing. Some of my favorites are Hatfield's and Sona. Here are some of the places ive been considering. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Feel free to suggest places not mentioned.

Grace
Spago
Matsuhisa
Valentino
Nobu Malibu
Vincenti Resataurant
Piccolo Cipriani
Jiraffe
Campanile
Mellisse

  1. Emme Jun 22, 2007 08:42 PM

    Urasawa (if you want to foot the bill).

    Love Grace, Providence (regular and dessert tasting menus!), Spago's tasting menu...

    If you do Campanile, go Thursday.

    Personally, I'd skip Matsuhisa, Nobu, Vincenti (good but not a last dinner).

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      New Trial Jun 23, 2007 01:47 AM

      Since you will be amidst some wonderful French and Italian food, you might want something you are less likely to find over in Switzerland. From your list, that would suggest Grace, Spago (if you forget the Austrian dishes), Matsuhisa, Nobu, Jiraffe and Campanile. Of those, I would tend toward Grace or Spago as the atmosphere at the others is not as nice. You might add to your list Cut, Josie, Providence, Saddle Peak and Urasawa.

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        Babette Jun 23, 2007 06:34 PM

        Second Josie.

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          mc michael Jun 23, 2007 10:00 PM

          I'd say Cut or Josie for beef as the beef available over there is incredibly expensive if available at all.

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          jenngen Jun 23, 2007 09:14 AM

          Not too many people mention Bin 8945, but I had an amazing 11 course chefs tasting menu with the wine pairing. I rolled/staggered out of there, but It was great!!

          1. russkar Jun 23, 2007 07:19 PM

            1. Providence
            2. Melisse
            3. Spago
            4. Valentino

            1. justanotherpenguin Jun 23, 2007 07:37 PM

              from your list, you can have numerous similar experiences in europe. if you want to have the most memorable and unique of la, you should go to the following (not in any particular order):

              tommy's; el tepeyac; in'n'out burger; donut man; can't remember the name, but the peking duck place in san gabriel - better than in beijing; a good thai place; something like duke's or gladstones overlooking the pacific (i know, the food is questionable, but you can't see the pacific from europe); pacific dining car (or another great steak place); pappadakis taverna (better than anything we found in athens), etc. you get the idea.

              when we spent three weeks in europe in january (italy, greece & turkey), we never missed fine dining - there was plenty of it (and, really, not enough time to sample ALL of it), but what we missed were the places unique to southern cal. your list is probably different than mine, but think about it.

              (BTW: our most memorable evenings are when we simply do a great meal for ourselves at home. it has worked for over 30 years!)

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                sel Jun 23, 2007 10:41 PM

                Which peking duck place in san gabriel? If you mean Quan Jude, it's unfortunately long gone! It was on my list but alas I never made it there.

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                  justanotherpenguin Jun 24, 2007 07:40 AM

                  you would make me go look it up:
                  Lu Din Gee Restaurant
                  1039 E. Valley Blvd, B102
                  San Gabriel, CA 91776
                  Tel: (626) 288-0588
                  http://www.pearlcatering.com/

                  enjoy!

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                    sel Jun 24, 2007 09:06 AM

                    Thanks!!!

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                Food Good Jun 23, 2007 09:49 PM

                Matsuhisa is better than Nobu - not sure why. Although Nobu has a nicer local.

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                  JBC Jun 24, 2007 09:16 AM

                  Matsuhisa is better because it's Nobu's flagship restaurant and he's occassional there to check on what's coming out of the kitchen and/or bar. When he's not there, his wife frequently (almost always) is to insure that things run as they should and I believe the guys behind the sushi bar are given more freedom to be creative whereby any of the other Nubu "chains" are not suppose to vary from corporate guidelines on how/what they prepare. Example, everyone I've know who's dined at the flagship and tried Nobu New York, always have said Nobi New York is inferior.

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