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Best Tasting Menu..

cynthia105 Jul 23, 2007 03:02 PM

A special occassion is coming up and I need some recs on great tasting menus. Some I have in mind are Sona, Noe...What else?

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  1. sku RE: cynthia105 Jul 23, 2007 03:53 PM

    Melisse or Spago.

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      mattesq RE: sku Aug 1, 2007 09:16 AM

      Second Spago. Great experience twice.

    2. wilafur RE: cynthia105 Jul 23, 2007 04:30 PM

      providence or
      opus (fun, laidback & great value)

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        rickym13 RE: wilafur Jul 23, 2007 04:39 PM

        went to opus last sat and thought it was very good for $. not sure if its the best tasting menu but very good value. the desert we got was sub par but everything else was very interesting..we went with 6 courses.
        would definitely go back.

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          poptisserie RE: rickym13 Jul 26, 2007 03:30 PM

          I'd agree with Ricky that Opus' tasting menu isn't quite as sophisticated as what you might find in other dining rooms. That said, all of the food tastes good and the service is phenomenal. If you're looking for something more formal, Opus might not be the best place. If you're looking for something on the lighter, more playful side, Opus is your man.

          I went last month for my birthday: http://poptisserie.blogspot.com/2007/...

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        lizziee RE: cynthia105 Jul 23, 2007 04:43 PM

        See here:

        1. Emme RE: cynthia105 Jul 23, 2007 08:28 PM

          Love Spago and Providence (esp dessert tasting menu for 30 bucks!) yes, but also had a great experience last weekend at Bin8945 and wish I were going back sooner!

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            jenngen RE: cynthia105 Jul 24, 2007 12:04 AM

            Not Valentino per tonights meal, but I do concur with Bin 8945.

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              Diana RE: cynthia105 Jul 24, 2007 07:22 AM

              Also agree with Spago or Providence.

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                JE33 RE: cynthia105 Jul 24, 2007 12:12 PM

                i had a great tasting menu at wilson in culver city...also the kitchen tasting menu (not from the sushi bar) at hamasaku is unbelievable

                1. ipsedixit RE: cynthia105 Jul 24, 2007 12:21 PM

                  That's such a broad question.

                  The "best" tasting menu will often depend on what you like and what you are looking for.

                  If you want something that is traditional with a French twist, you cannot go wrong with either La Cachette for Melisse.

                  If you want something wine-centric, I would suggest Bin 8945 or even perhaps Valentino or Patina.

                  For seafood, Providence and Water Grill are both good bets.

                  Don't overlook the obvious places like Spago, which can really wow you with their attention to detail and execution. No one dish may stand out as truly memorable, but the entire experience will leave you breathless.

                  Same thought goes for Grace. Lovely food and great service all around.

                  If I understand correctly, Noe is doing a summer special with a TM of breakfast for dinner? May want to check first.

                  Enjoy wherever you end up.

                  1. smak34 RE: cynthia105 Jul 26, 2007 01:23 AM

                    If $$$$$ isnt an issue.....Studio @ The Montage, Laguna Beach. I didnt try it, but my dining experience was PHENOMENAL......

                    1. SauceSupreme RE: cynthia105 Jul 26, 2007 09:53 AM

                      For me, it's gotta be Spago or Grace, though I keep meaning to swing down SMB for Bin as per ipse's suggestion.

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                        ipsedixit RE: SauceSupreme Jul 26, 2007 01:46 PM

                        Do the BIN Tasting, which is like 12 courses with wine pairing when we had it. Just wonderful.

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                        GuidoTKP RE: cynthia105 Jul 26, 2007 05:33 PM

                        Tasting menu at Melisse provided the best meal of my life. Highly recomended.

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                          cynthia105 RE: cynthia105 Jul 31, 2007 08:13 PM

                          hmm..BIN? how much does it run, approximatly? Spago seems a little steep...

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                            zack RE: cynthia105 Jul 31, 2007 08:56 PM


                            5 courses $ 78.00
                            7 courses $ 88.00
                            BIN Tasting $105.00 [at least 10 courses-hold on to you hat!]

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                            Muse7360 RE: cynthia105 Aug 2, 2007 04:15 PM

                            Hope I'm not too late with my reply. If so, use this suggestion for next time. Vincenti in Brentwood has a great Tasting Menu for $75. Vincenti was named number 1 out of 20 for the Best Italian Restaurant in Los Angeles by LAWeekly. Monday nights they have a special Pizza Menu.

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                              cynthia105 RE: Muse7360 Aug 2, 2007 07:43 PM

                              Is it specifically Italian TM? Is there a menu or link?
                              Thank you!
                              P.S. definitely not too late. I plan way ahead, so I'm still deciding.

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                                New Trial RE: cynthia105 Aug 3, 2007 12:13 AM

                                It is Italian, very good and changes frequently. Here is the website: http://www.vincentiristorante.com/

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                                  AGENT FOODIE RE: New Trial Aug 3, 2007 12:16 AM

                                  damn i was just talking to some friend about this. they said theres a restaurant in LA somewhere that serves a 16 course tasting menu with wine and its like 350 or so per person. i just cant remember which restaurant it was

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                                    Woolsey RE: AGENT FOODIE Aug 3, 2007 08:06 AM

                                    That sounds like Urusawa's omakase.

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                                  Muse7360 RE: cynthia105 Aug 4, 2007 07:27 PM

                                  I don't think the Vincenti website is great but here is an article you might want to check out. http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/din...

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                                fdb RE: cynthia105 Aug 3, 2007 02:08 AM

                                Abode....pure California cuisine, fresh farmer's market ingredients, subtle spices, simple yet profound flavors....best I've had recently.

                                $95--7 courses (including cheese course) + 2 desserts
                                $135--with wine pairing

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