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Molecular Gastronomy In LA?

carln Oct 11, 2008 05:35 PM

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. Servorg RE: carln Oct 11, 2008 05:41 PM

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

    1. kevin h RE: carln Oct 11, 2008 09:52 PM

      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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        Maxmillion RE: kevin h Oct 11, 2008 10:50 PM

        ^ any idea when that will be?

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          kevin h RE: Maxmillion Oct 12, 2008 02:55 AM

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

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          J.L. RE: kevin h Oct 12, 2008 12:17 AM

          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.

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            Chowpatty RE: J.L. Oct 12, 2008 10:33 AM

            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.

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              lotta_cox RE: Chowpatty Oct 12, 2008 12:40 PM

              thanks for that. i may head over tomorrow.

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                J.L. RE: Chowpatty Oct 19, 2008 12:54 PM

                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. Maxmillion RE: carln Oct 11, 2008 10:49 PM

            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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              lotta_cox RE: Maxmillion Oct 12, 2008 09:31 AM

              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.

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                RicRios RE: lotta_cox Oct 12, 2008 02:30 PM

                Lotta, search no more:

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


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                  a213b RE: RicRios Oct 12, 2008 02:43 PM

                  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.

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                    lotta_cox RE: a213b Oct 12, 2008 09:10 PM

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

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                      a213b RE: lotta_cox Oct 13, 2008 10:39 AM

                      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.

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                        lotta_cox RE: a213b Oct 13, 2008 10:59 AM

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

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                          a213b RE: lotta_cox Oct 13, 2008 11:17 AM

                          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!

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                            lotta_cox RE: a213b Oct 13, 2008 02:03 PM

                            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
                nick_r RE: Maxmillion Oct 13, 2008 12:33 PM

                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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                risottoman RE: carln Oct 15, 2008 12:59 PM

                LA needs a visionary like Grant Achatz or Wylie Dyfresne to pull of 'avant garde' well in LA. And it needs to be cheaper (like $50-100 per person).

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                  a213b RE: risottoman Oct 15, 2008 02:50 PM

                  I know we'd always like it to be less costly, but why do you think Achatz would charge $50 - $100 pp in LA when he's charging around FL prices (for the Touring menu) in Chicago?

                  On a related but separate note, I am heading to Alinea in a couple weeks, and am SO freaking excited!

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                    hungry_monkey RE: a213b Oct 17, 2008 01:21 PM

                    I just returned from a trip to Chicago and Alinea. I did tasting not touring, but as I know you know, you're in for quite a treat.

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                      a213b RE: hungry_monkey Oct 20, 2008 09:03 AM

                      That's great to read, I'm glad you loved it.

                      Like I said, I am SUPER pumped ... two more weeks!

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                    condiment RE: risottoman Oct 19, 2008 05:09 PM

                    Ludovic Lefevbre pulled off the style better than either Dufresne or Achatz (slightly less showy, but much better flavor), and was executed like a criminal by Sherry ``Corkage Fee'' Virbila for his efforts. A shame - it was a stunning restaurant under his supervision.

                    On an only slightly related note, the menu at La Mill in Silver Lake, overseen by Michael Cimarusti, is definitely the least expensive way to experience at least some of the fun. It's algimates a go-go over there!

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                    Adsvino RE: carln Oct 17, 2008 09:28 AM

                    It's here:

                    Chocolate Yoo-Hoo cake: "It's devil's food cake, cut into blocks, dehydrated completely in the dehydrator, so it's a dry hard piece of cake. I put it in a Cryovac with Yoo-Hoo and then the Yoo-Hoo fuses into the cells of the cake and then rehydrates it with the flavor of Yoo-Hoo. It's compressed Yoo-Hoo cake. I have two cases of the stuff [Yoo-Hoo] in the trunk of my car right now....

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