Which restaurant would you choose?
Okay-I have asked and searched on this board and I am tossed between several spots. My husband and I are coming into LA this weekend for the Emmy's from NY. We have one night to have a great LA meal. These are the restaurants that I have narrowed it down to: Ortolan, Citrus at Social or Wilshire. We also love sushi and the sushi in LA is far superior to NY so Sushi Zo is also a contender. Help!!
Wow, these are all very different choices that depend on your mood and type of food you feel like eating.
Ortolan - I ate there a few weeks ago and it was sensational; see here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/535746
If you're craving French inspired, modern dishes in one of LA's most elegant dining rooms and you're willing to spend money (well worth it too), then Ortolan is your place.
Wilshire - my last visit was close to a year ago. The food was consistently good to great all around, but not excellent. The vibe, especially if you sit outside, is quite special and it's definitely in the "hip" category.
Sushi Zo - it's been a while since I've eaten at Zo. My wife and I went within the first month it opened, sat at a table and relished each delicious piece of nigiri sushi. We went back several months later and received unpleasant attitude from the waitstaff who scoffed at us for not ordering omakase (we were sitting at a table, not the sushi bar). Again, the sushi was excellent, but the service soured the experience for us and we haven't rushed back since. This weekend we're going to Katsu and I can't wait!
Citrus - haven't been although I've read a lot of positive reviews
Ortolan would be my choice from these. Inventive and delicious food--I particularly love his duck, fish/seafood and rabbit preparations and recently had a wonderful squab pastilla (not wild about his pork, though). The chef at Citrus at Social who garnered all the praise is now gone, so I don't know what to tell you about his replacement. Wilshire is hip and good but not outstanding (still, sitting outside in the courtyard is lovely). If you want sushi, and are not going to indulge in the Urasawa experience, I consider Zo and Mori to be the two best in town (Mori offers cooked dishes as well, if that matters to you).