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Oct 11, 2008 05:35 PM

Molecular Gastronomy In LA?

Are there any restaurants in LA that are famous for molecular gastronomy food? Ive heard of a few of the more famous restaurants but none of them seem to be here in LA.

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  1. No. Providence offers some very minor elements of this type in their cooking as does Sona. It just not found here.

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      1. Unfortunately, LA's not a city for molecular or avant garde cuisine. As mentioned by Servorg, Providence and Sona do shows flashes of such, but I think we need to wait for José Andrés' Bazaar to open up before we can make any true progress in that direction.

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          1. re: Maxmillion

            I don't have an exact date, but I believe Bazaar should be open by the end of November.

          2. re: kevin h

            You'd think that in our carb-phobic, calorie-phobic city, that a molecular gastronomy dining culture would easily take root, but alas, no.

            Ferran Adria is not coming to L.A. anytime soon.

            1. re: J.L.

              Well, actually he's coming tomorrow, but not to cook.
              Bazaar is slated to open Nov. 14. Beware, Jose Andres really likes food adorned with cotton candy.

              1. re: Chowpatty

                thanks for that. i may head over tomorrow.

                1. re: Chowpatty

                  Thanks for the heads-up! Mrs. J.L. got to meet Ferran Adria and had our book signed by him!

                  Poor thing - he looks really jet-lagged in the photo...

            2. Christophe Eme at Ortolan also shows the occassional flash of MG influence, but more as an accent than the main event (which is what I gather the OP is seeking).

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              1. re: Maxmillion

                I agree. I have seen it more at Ortolan than Providence or Sona. I keep thinking I am going to tackle a few of these techniques in my own kitchen...I am working on deciding what book would be best to guide me.

                1. re: lotta_cox

                  Lotta, search no more:

                  El Bulli 2003-2004 by Ferran Adria, Juli Soler, Albert Adria


                  1. re: RicRios

                    Also, Sur la Table is offering a Molecular Gastronomy class later this month (as well as November) if you are interested.

                    I think my wife and I are going to hit one up.

                    1. re: a213b

                      thanks so much for the tip. i am going to look into that tomorrow.

                      1. re: lotta_cox

                        No problem. We registered for the Oct. 26th class, just FYI.

                        I'd be happy to give you a recap/review if you'd prefer to wait for the November class. Or, it's always nice to meet fellow Hounds if you'd rather do the same class as us.

                        1. re: a213b

                          That would be really fun! Which Sur La Table? I bet my husband the kitchen terrorist would have fun too.

                          1. re: lotta_cox

                            LOL, my wife is the chef in our house, and I am pretty sure she would term me a "kitchen terrorist" too!

                            It's the Sur La Table at the Farmer's Market/Grove. Should be good times!

                            1. re: a213b

                              I see one available the 26th of this month and the 30th of the next. You can contact me via my blog.

                2. re: Maxmillion

                  When I had a tasting menu at Ortolan, there was a pretty good amount of MG on display -- granted, it was a special vegetarian menu, so he may have taken that as an excuse to bust out more wizardry.

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