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Valentino White Truffle Dinner - Perceptor's Report

Perceptor Dec 13, 2007 08:56 AM

To celebrate my wife's birthday, I picked Valentino for our dinner option. Knowing white truffle season is in full swing, Valentino is definitely a good choice since they know their white truffle (probably biggest white truffle buyer in LA year after year). White truffle is not shown in the menu nor in their tasting menu. Just ask them and they can incorporate white truffle in anything.

Here are our pictures from the dinner. Enjoy!

- Perceptor

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  1. kingkong5 RE: Perceptor Dec 13, 2007 09:28 AM

    Happy Birthday to Mrs Perceptor! The pictures look great, and hope you had a wonderful time. That risotto looks delicious.

    1. wilafur RE: Perceptor Dec 13, 2007 09:32 AM

      awesome! they sure don't skimp the truffles do they?

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        Diana RE: Perceptor Dec 13, 2007 10:06 AM

        That looks great! Does Valentino's do a good Tasting menu? I'm thinking about Life Day next March!

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        1. re: Diana
          Perceptor RE: Diana Dec 13, 2007 10:14 AM

          To be honest, i think Valentino's tasting menu can be better. There were definitely things on the regular menu that looks better than the courses on the tasting menu. So if you do the tasting menu, I recommend substituting stuff you wanna try from the regular menu.

        2. kingkong5 RE: Perceptor Dec 13, 2007 10:13 AM

          To piggyback on your wonderful post, I'll add that I was recently at a white truffle dinner at Valentino's back on November 15th. My short review is here


          If you love truffles, that was the night for it. Some of the pictures only show a few truffle shavings on them - this is how they came out from the kitchen. I forgot to take the picture immediatey after the servers came around the table and shaved a bunch more truffles right on top! Needless to say, we had our fill of white alba truffles that night.

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          1. re: kingkong5
            Perceptor RE: kingkong5 Dec 13, 2007 10:16 AM

            wow wow wow.... look at all those truffles!!! you scored Kingkong5

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              kingkong5 RE: Perceptor Dec 13, 2007 10:20 AM

              LOL, my wife is 8 months pregnant and wouldn't be able to eat the raw tartar or egg dishes, along with all of the wine, so I had to go it solo that night. But you, Perceptor, taking your wife out for her birthday dinner - I hope you scored better ;-)

            2. re: kingkong5
              woojink RE: kingkong5 Dec 13, 2007 02:48 PM

              So envious... I was supposed to be at that dinner, seeing the pics make it more painful :(. That upstairs wine room is where we had our NYE dinner several years ago, with much a similar cast of characters that you were there with. Having a "Piero-ized" Valentino dinner is really something else. Good Barolo with white truffles is one of the world's best pairings... just like d'Yquem and foie.

            3. hrhboo RE: Perceptor Dec 13, 2007 11:58 AM

              Gorgeous pics as always, thanks Perceptor! I had an amazing white truffle dinner at Valentino last year but haven't made it yet this year. Your report is all the inspiration I need.

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                vinosnob RE: Perceptor Dec 13, 2007 12:25 PM

                If you don't mind sharing, what was the damage for the tasting menu + wine?

                Also, were the truffles shaved tableside?

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                1. re: vinosnob
                  Perceptor RE: vinosnob Dec 13, 2007 12:49 PM

                  vinosnob.... regular tasting is $85+$60 for wine pairing.... the real damage was from the 2 white truffle dishes... $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
                  no wasnt shaved tableside...

                  1. re: Perceptor
                    lizziee RE: Perceptor Dec 13, 2007 02:13 PM

                    I think the quality of the white truffles this year are very iffy. So far, I have been disappointed by almost every restaurant that is serving them.

                    1. re: lizziee
                      RicRios RE: lizziee Dec 14, 2007 07:58 AM

                      Truth of the matter is, there is really good stuff out there, but nobody wants to pay for it since prices have soared to more than double last year's. So what most restaurants are doing is buying really crappy quality stuff.

                2. paulfromla RE: Perceptor Dec 14, 2007 08:16 AM

                  wow, those are great photos! i haven't been to valentino in a looonnng time - it looks like it's better than ever

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                    kevin RE: Perceptor Jul 16, 2013 06:49 PM

                    Is there any way to still look at these photos since the Kodak gallery has closed ?

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