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

carln Sep 12, 2008 10:43 PM

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.

  1. Muhlyssa Sep 16, 2008 12:21 PM

    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).

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      wasabica Sep 15, 2008 02:19 PM

      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.

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      Capo
      1810 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

      1. raytamsgv Sep 15, 2008 12:24 PM

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

        1. Steve2 in LA Sep 14, 2008 03:06 PM

          Spago
          Cut
          Osteria Mozza

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            Dybno Sep 14, 2008 11:55 AM

            Urasawa.

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            1. re: Dybno
              J.L. Sep 14, 2008 12:03 PM

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

              1. re: J.L.
                lotta_cox Sep 15, 2008 06:17 AM

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

                1. re: lotta_cox
                  J.L. Sep 15, 2008 11:34 AM

                  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.
                    lotta_cox Sep 15, 2008 06:11 PM

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

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              Robhungry1 Sep 13, 2008 09:59 PM

              Ortolan, Melisse, Spago

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                cluewmn Sep 13, 2008 07:25 PM

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

                1. zoememel Sep 13, 2008 06:31 PM

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

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                    Adsvino Sep 13, 2008 05:52 PM

                    Agree with Providence and Spago.

                    1. dotrat Sep 13, 2008 04:52 PM

                      when money's not an issue?
                      Melisse
                      Josie
                      Mori Sushi

                      1. J.L. Sep 13, 2008 04:29 PM

                        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

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                          Senzinina Sep 13, 2008 06:38 AM

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

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                            RicRios Sep 13, 2008 07:13 PM

                            Scratch Capo. Not worth it even at half price.

                          2. sbritchky Sep 13, 2008 12:41 AM

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

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                            Yuca's
                            2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                            1. Emme Sep 13, 2008 12:17 AM

                              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...

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