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2 nights in LA on an expense account...

Will be in LA at the end of the month and am looking for some restaurant recs. We are 30~somethings from Vancouver looking for great food, good service, fantastic atmosphere and more. We've done: AOC Wine Bar, Matsuhisa, Koi, Giorgio Baldi, Spago, Lucques and many more in the past. Love great Japanese but aren't limited to that. Will travel for a peak food experience, but would love to stay close to our hotel in Beverly Hills. Suggestions appreciated!

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    1. re: SauceSupreme

      urasawa for sushi/japanese
      cut for steak

      conveniently, they're both smack dab in the heart of beverly hills.

      definitely call ASAP for a reservation at cut, they book up ridiculously far in advance.

      bon appetit!

      Urasawa Restaurant
      218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        concur on these two.

        bin 8945 for the 11 course tasting menu.

        providence for the tasting menu-regular and/or dessert- or do cut followed by providence's dessert tm

        also, grace.

        if you want a trendier experience, perhaps somewhere like asia de cuba.

        and please, please don't go to crustacean.

    2. I keep telling people this...Crustacean's in Beverly Hills.


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      1. re: Clinton

        I'd say skip Crustacean if you've got limited time, there are far better places in BH and surrounding neighborhoods.

        Urasawa seems like a good suggestion, so long as the person auditing your expense account isn't going to flip over a $300/pp minimum dinner like my boss would.

        1. re: Clinton

          Crustacean is really not very good. The restaurant is pretty and the bar area is fine for a drink but there is far better food to be found in countless other places, especially given the price point. I think Bandorap would be much better off eating at Providence, Mozza or Grace. In BH, Mako is a great choice.

          1. re: Clinton

            Did you know that Crustacean makes their (in)famous garlic noodles with Elmer's Glue?

            Well, ok, maybe not. But they should, because it would taste better that way.

            To say Crustacean is awful is to demean all things awful.

          2. Agreed with Cut or Urasawa, or Chef's Table @ Providence.


            1. On an expense account in LA, staying in BH. Hmmm . . .

              Urusawa is a GREAT recommendation. In BH, Spago is also worth the visit, especially for the tasting menu.

              Do NOT do Crustacean. It was good maybe 15 years ago, now it's only got its scene and history to go on. Not worth the money. If you want to eat in BH, do Urusawa or Spago.

              Personally, I'd venture out of BH and go to Providence, on Melrose about 4 miles east of BH.

              You also might want to check out Bastide, which just re-opened after a revamp, and which has been getting good reviews. Here's a link to a recent thread:


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              1. re: DanaB

                And depending on what time of year the OP's last visit was, places like Spago and Lucques have seasonal menus, so even if they've gone before, the autumn menu might be completely different.

                1. re: DanaB

                  If you don't eat a Spagos, go there for dessert. The strawberry shortcake is yummy! I was disappointed with the 12 layer chocolate cake.

                  I also had the Hong Kong style steamed bass, but the dessert was really the highlight of my lunch. :D

                2. I agree with the calls for Cut and Urasawa, especially since you haven't been. My write-ups on the two:

                  Cut: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fus...

                  Urasawa: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fus...

                  1. Urasawa for sure
                    Upstairs II
                    Fogo Del Chao
                    Boneyard Bistro (great beer and high end BBQ)
                    Dim Sum in SGV (not expensive, but DAMN GOOD!)
                    Fratelli's donuts for snacking on

                    one more thing..I'm a thirty something! take me with you!
                    Go ahead if you can get into Mozza, you can afford it!
                    Lucky Devil's for Beer and fabulous burgers

                    1. Fantastic. I'm looking into all these fabulous rec's right now. Yes, I'm willing to venture outside of BH for a great meal. Any suggestions for Japanese other than Urasawa? I don't know it I'd be able to justify spending that much... We have great Japanese in Vancouver, so I'm looking for somewhere that would provide us with a PEAK experience.

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                      1. re: bandorap

                        After Urasawa you have Mori at around $100-$150 per person for their omakase. They do a combination of cooked items and nigiri. The cooked items are well presented and the nigiri is top notch. After Mori, there's Sushi Zo for pure nigiri which will run around $75-$100 per person. Kriko's nigiri is a step down from both Mori and Zo but the kitchen is great. Call and see if they have matsutake soup and order 1 (maybe 2) for each person in the party.

                        1. re: bandorap

                          Sassabune, Asanebo are two good ones. Just walk in, sit down, get the itame's attention and say "omakase, please"

                          Urasawa is probably the peak sushi/Japanese dining experience in the country. Justify it with the fact that you will never encounter it's equal anytime soon!

                          1. re: Diana

                            Ooops. Going to have to severely disagree with Sasabune. Not a good way to spend your own money or an expense account. Pre-cut fish, poor-mediocre quality.

                            As for Urasawa being peak in the country, many feel that Masa in NYC has not been surpased by his student just yet.

                            1. re: Porthos

                              Sort of a Vader/Obi Wan thing, huh? And look what happened there! Wait, who's Luke? Morimoto? The Nozawa guy would be Darth Maul, or maybe Darth Videous.

                              A non Japanese but good place to try would be Saddle Peak. Good for lots of types of meat, game and more!

                            2. re: Diana

                              isn't sasabune the place with the precut sushi fish?

                          2. I agree about branching out some in LA. There are so many places outside of BH that are still close by and SOO SOO good.

                            The Foundry on Melrose - my most recent "OMG good" dinner, live jazz and great atmosphere. definitely expense account worthy.
                            The Lodge - try the porterhouse for two. yummmmmmy
                            Boa on Sunset - go on Sunday and expense your bottles of wine at half price (just means you can get those $100 bottles for $50, which i fully support). ask for the vip room outside if it is available.
                            Mr. Chow's - fancy Chinese fare in BH that is quite good

                            my boyfriend is 34, originally from ontario, then bc. if you want to hang with some canadians, his us up! and have fun on your company's dollar :-)

                            1. Worth the trip to Blue Velvet in downtown LA (8th and Gartland). Easy, easy to get there from Beverly Hills. Beatiful decor, exciting place, and, most importantly, great food. Do the tasting menu. Also they have a decent wine list, especially if you are on an expense account. Did a private party tasting menu a couple of months ago and it was as good as anything in LA.

                                1. re: condorito

                                  If going downtown check out the Engine Company. Great wine list and in one of the old firehouses downtown. Then pop over to Edison company for a cocktail. Fantastic bar.

                                2. Dan Tana's or The Ivy for a true LA experience.