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!
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.
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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
if you want a trendier experience, perhaps somewhere like asia de cuba.
and please, please don't go to crustacean.
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.
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:
Urasawa for sure
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
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.
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.
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 :-)
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.