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Sep 19, 2007 03:26 PM

Where should I take my best friend????????

My best friend and his wife are comming into town and I would like to treat them to the cities finest restaurant.Money is not an object but I would like a wonderful ,delicious meal.Where should I take them for a meal they will not forget and be truly impressed?

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    1. What kind of food and ambiance are you looking for? Any location restrictions?

      Edited to add: Here's a link to a recent thread on "high end" dining in LA with some great suggestions to get you started:

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      1. re: DanaB

        DanaB's inquiry for what kind of dining experience might help narrow down your list. It's hard to go wrong with a place like Urasawa when the focus is pulled in tight like a 110mm macro lens on the exquisite food, its uncomprimising level of quality, preparation and presentation, and the personal attention. However, if this type of eating experience and/or sushi/kaiseki isn't your idea of the ultimate meal, you might want to throw the gang a bone. Where are your friends from? What's their dining profile? Do they have any huge likes/dislikes? Are they starved for ethnic? Celebrity sightings? The latest hottest places in town?

      2. I would put Spago, Providence, Osteria Mozza, Saddle Peak Lodge, Inn of the Seventh Ray, Edendale Grill, and The Little Door on the list.

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        1. re: nick_r

          i'd remove inn of the seventh ray if the focus is the food.
          if the focus is ambiance, though, it is a lovely place.

        2. Jar. AOC. Sona. Lucques. Cut.

          1. Chaya Brasserie (Beverly Hills), Mastro's, Sushi Katsu Ya. And as far as Spago goes, take them there only for the celebrity of it... the food leaves much to be desired and there's far better in LA to waste a meal there.

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            1. re: mrshankly

              Yikes! I would disagree. Spago is still considered one of the best restaurants in town because of its consistently great food, not because of the celebrities. Maybe you're talking about the Ivy?

              And there's much, much better sushi to be had in LA than Katsuya.

              1. re: mollyomormon

                No, I meant Spago... not because of the celebrities but the celebrity status of the restaurant itself. My experiences have been far from great there... steaks were overcooked and tough (when ordered medium), sides were flavorless and only a filler (hey, I may as well go to Sizzler for that), and the service was above average at best. I'm sure I'll give it another try soon to see how things go. Believe me, I REALLY want to appreciate this place because no restaurant can survive this long without being good (unless of course there's a celebrity chef tagged to it... but I think Spago isn't surviving only on Wolfgang's success). Is there something there that you would recommend? Maybe I'm ordering the wrong things. Let me know and I'll give it a shot.

                And yes, there is better sushi than Katsu Ya... but Katsu Ya isn't exactly terrible either.

                1. re: mrshankly

                  You should order the tasting menu.

                  I think a lot of people recognize it as a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, but it stays relevant because of Chef Lee Hefter.

                  176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                  1. re: SauceSupreme

                    Ahhh... the tasting menu. Will do. BTW, Sherry Yard (pastry chef) actually came out and sat with us for a little while one time when I was there. She's quite nice and down to earth. I think it's that experience that keeps me from writing that place off for good. Thanks for the recommendation!!

                    1. re: mrshankly

                      Ordering the tasting menu is definitely key to having the best Spago experience and I think the same probably holds true for Providence. I hope that if you do end up heading back it's better the next time around!

                      1. re: mrshankly

                        Spago is not known for their steaks but more so for their agnolotti, chicken, smoked salmon hand rolls, austrian dishes from wolfgang's childhood.... and of course their DESSERT. for steak I would head up the street to mastro's. which i think is the best in the city hands down.

                        1. re: Schweinhaxen

                          Steaks at Spago have never been the best..but the Veal Chop is one of the city's best dishes.

                    2. re: mollyomormon

                      you may be right that there's better sushi than Katsu ya, but there is nothing... nothing at all... that compares with their Crab Roll. That little savory concoction, stuffed with the most delicious crab meat with flavor that just bursts with every bite. That one thing alone is why I will keep going to Katsuya. Oh, and speaking of celebrity sightings, you get that there too.