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If money isnt an issue, where do you eat in LA?

I've been to Urasawa and am wondering what other phenomenal restaurants are around in LA. Im not necessarily looking for a super expensive place, but wanted to make it clear that for the meal in question, its not an issue. This is just about finding the absolute best ingredients prepared well...any cuisine is fine.

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  1. not everyone here loves it, but i've enjoyed every tasting menu at Providence. there are of course other big names like Spago (great tasting menu), Josie (really fresh ingredients), Melisse, La Cachette, Hungry Cat, Hatfield's, Cut, Craft, etc.

    i'd say ethnic in LA though is worth considering in terms of making wonderfulness out of ingredients - Monte Alban, Jitlada Thai, Rahel, Shamshiri... high end ethnic at Babita...

    1. Yuca's, about four bucks the burrito. White tie not required but appreciated.

      2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

      1. Sona
        Nobu (Malibu only, forget La Cienega)
        Go's Sushi (Canoga Park)
        Geoffrey's (lunch or brunch only on a sunny warm day, skip nighttime)
        and my new fav: The Huntley

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        1. re: Senzinina

          Scratch Capo. Not worth it even at half price.

        2. Money doesn't always buy (gustatory) happiness:

          Mori-san's special chirashi-don at Place Yuu on Sawtelle - $45
          a slice of Lamonica's NY pizza in Westwood (mushroom) - $3.50-ish
          xiao long bao at Jin Jian in San Gabriel - $4.95
          paella mixta from La Espanola in Harbor City - $8 per racion
          Father's Office burger, sweet potato fries, and a Mexican Coca-Cola - $20-ish

          1. when money's not an issue?
            Mori Sushi

            1. Agree with Providence and Spago.

              1. i suggest jiraffe in santamonica, fresh produce from the farmers market and absolutely amazing meals. they also haev great bread!

                1. Via Veneto, Santa Monica
                  Josie, Santa Monica
                  Joe's, Venice
                  Providence, East Los Angeles
                  Father's Office, Culver City/Santa Monica

                      1. re: Dybno

                        Read the original post. I think poster was looking for something besides Urasawa.

                        1. re: J.L.

                          Money is not a huge issue for me, but Urasawa is one place I have yet to justify going.

                          1. re: lotta_cox

                            Just try it once, for the experience.

                            Luckily, our corporate account allows for this place. Urasawa is closest thing to a perfect sushi experience in L.A.

                            1. re: J.L.

                              I plan to, just probably not anytime before the holidays. Maybe in March when I have recovered from the holidays and this expensive fall.

                        1. I'd go for the $2,288 banquet dinner (for 10 people) at Elite Restaurant in Monterey Park.

                          1. Capo. IMHO it is absolutely worth the money, but extreme Foodie-values are required as their gift is simplicity and subtlety, a very anti-LA kind of thing. Extraordinary sourced and prepared food that is the antithesis of fussy. Other menus have the same items (steak, pasta, grilled veggies) but theirs are just a lot better. This is a veggie-lover's paradise. And get anythign from their wood-burning oven. We went there soon after a trip to Tuscany and found this dinner at least as good if not better than what we had experienced.

                            That said, we also loved Bastide. Not sure how good it is since Manzke left, various posts on this point on the boards.

                            1810 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                            1. I really loved Citrus at Social. It's not super expensive (we don't drink, so I guess it could really add up if you do).