JOSIE'S..... LAST NIGHT
Started the day at SUSHI NOZAWA for lunch, as normal it was spectacular. People around me at the bar kept saying that the fish was the best they've ever had(no surprise here).
Went to JOSIE'S for dinner. Totally incredible, started with WHITE Asparagus soup, Seared Sea Scallops, Shrimp Prawn Stack, then MAPLE LEAF DUCK, then came desert, Toffee ice cream w/peanut butter and chocolate cake, very good! Jill was in the kitchen cooking away(she used to be at Rockenwagner a couple of years ago) Josie came by and we discussed food & wine for about 10 minutes. I was at CHEZ ALEX a while back and let me just say there is NO comparison, even thought ALEX is a great Chef his prices and quanity of food are no match for JOSIE'S in every category. For LA the Master List should still be: La Cachette, Melisse, Josie's, Campanille, Valentino, Bel Air Hotel (private table).
re: mc michael
Table One at the Hotel Bel Air is partially glass enclosed and faces into the kitchen. I believe the maximum number of people that can be accommodated is eight. We started with a lovely seafood buffet set up in the kitchen, just outside the Table One room, and were invited to take a look at their beautiful kitchen. Back in the room, we were served one lovely course after the other. Each was delicious as well as magmificently presented. Each of us was served a different dessert. If you are interested in Table One, be sure to obtain current information. Our dinner for eight was in February 1997. Since that time, there is a new chef and perhaps new policies. I checked it out about a year ago and they would no longer allow guests to bring their own wine. My husband and I didn't care but the others did so we went elsewhere. I don't know how to post photos on this site but I do have some on my computer. If you would like to see them, please e-mail me privately and I will e-mail them to you.