Recommendations for our return to LA!
Unfortunately we moved away from LA about 2 years ago, but are planning a trip to come back and visit. After suffering with the food and service in Miami we are very excited about our trip back. I was wondering if some of these restaurants are still as good as they were back then. [keep in mind, some of these are sentimental choices and we just want to know if they haven't changed for the worse, etc...]
1. Little Door
2. The Ivy
3. Via Veneto
4. Angelini Osteria
5. Tower Bar
6. The Restaurant at the Bel Air Hotel
8. Serenata de Garibaldi
and how's Craft?
Little Door: The same.
The Ivy: I was never a big fan, but the same. More paparazzi these days, though.
Via Veneto: Has gone downhill just a tad.
Angelini Osteria: Still great.
Tower Bar: Are they still in business?
Bel Air: Sadly, the food's gone downhill. The location is as beautiful as ever.
Matsuhisa: As long as you know you're getting the specials, and looking for good Peruvian-Japanese fusion, and not traditional sushi, it's as good as ever.
Serenata: The same.
Craft is very good, bordering on excellent.
The Ivy and the Bel Air Hotel are, for different reasons, both interesting restaurants, but I don't think the food at either place is particularly memorable. My sense is that Angelini Osteria may have gone downhill slightly in the past couple of years, but it's still very good. I've not been to Matsuhisa, but the reviews on this board are decidedly mixed. If you want really good, really expensive sushi, Urasawa is probably a much better choice. Serenata de Garibaldi (at least the one downtown) is unchanged and is still serving good Mexcian seafood. I think Craft is pretty good, but for the price, I believe you can find better meals in town. (Like Providence, Lucques, Grace, or Josie.) I don't have sufficient experience with the other places on your list to say anything intelligent.
And welcome back, btw. Hope your visit is enjoyable.
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re: David Kahn
I agree that I'd do Urasawa, Providence or Grace over Cut, but that's a personal decision.
The Ivy is still pricy, but still serves a mean grilled veggie salad, crab cakes, and apple tarte tatin.
Via Veneto is still one of my Italian faves.
While I love the atmosphere and romance of Hotel Bel-Air, the food has seemed to have gone a bit downhill.
I'd also say check out Hungry Cat, Hatfields, and the Mozzas if you haven't yet been.