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Looking for a new place on the Westside

Iceman Jul 9, 2008 08:39 PM

Am taking some out-of-town guests to dinner next week, want to show them a nice time. They come to LA frequently so am hoping to take them to a fairly new place. Price not an object, open to most cuisines. One thought is Anisette, another is Wolfgang's but have heard uneven things about both.

Any suggestions appreciated !

  1. dotrat Jul 10, 2008 08:31 PM

    I have been to Annisette twice now (for breakfast and dinner) and really enjoyed it both times which is pretty impressive since I dined there in their first couple weeks of opening. The food was spot on although the service was a little choppy which is to be expected early on.
    Another idea is Melisse where I have enjoyed the best meals of my life. Josiah Citrin is an amazing chef & his special chefs menu is spectacular.

    1. Ciao Bob Jul 10, 2008 02:53 PM

      If price is really not an object --and you can get in-- Urasawa is unforgettable.

      1. burumun Jul 10, 2008 01:04 AM

        I liked Anisette although I haven't been for dinner. The decor/ambiance is pretty nice.
        I think it would help to know where your guests are coming from, and what they expect in "LA"

        Also pretty new is BLT steak, which I heard is pretty good - haven't been myself.
        When was the last time they were here? Was it before Osteria Mozza, cos if so that may be another 'new' option (though not exactly Westside)?


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        1. re: burumun
          Iceman Jul 10, 2008 12:31 PM

          BLT Steak sounds interesting, thanks. Guests are from SF, so they're pretty savvy foodies. They're fond of unusual ethnic restaurants, last time I took them to Sherazad in Westwood, which was good.

          Am thinking along the lines of Akasha, but I was there for lunch recently and thought it was good-not-great. Dinner might be a different experience though.

          I've been to Mozza, loved 2 of the pizzas, was thinking something a little more upscale, but also a little closer to the Santa Monica hotel they'll be staying at.

          Keep 'em coming!

          1. re: Iceman
            paigeharrison Jul 10, 2008 12:42 PM

            What about La Botte? I know it's not new, but the food is quite good and I feel as though it's something you might not find in SF. They do ethnic so much better than we do, so I think it would be hard to impress someone from SF with our ethnic offerings.

            1. re: Iceman
              burumun Jul 15, 2008 01:42 PM

              Ethnic in Westwood .... how about Koutoubia? It's not new but it's a fun place, good food, belly dancers etc ...

              for upscale good food I second Melisse in Santa Monica also (although personally I'll take Urasawa over Melisse any day!)

          2. Emme Jul 10, 2008 12:35 AM

            both of these are great options; another place to consider if they haven't yet been is Wilshire, and try and get the patio!

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