HELP - been offered a free dinner at fanciest, most impressive place of my choice
And I don't know what that would be....
It's gotta be something delicious, expensive, and probably a little ostentatious. Or at least very obviously of high importance. A foreign business associate of my mom has offered to take us out and it's crucial we choose a place that matches his level of self-importance. :) Andddd I wouldn't want to waste this offer on something I can afford by myself.
Dinner for tonight!!
Thanks hounds!! I know you won't let me down.
I know it's old school and possibly a little cliche - but Spago in Beverly Hills is still one of my all-time favorite restaurants, and is absolutely delicious, expensive and a little ostentatious. If you want a little newer/trendier, you can also go to Osteria Mozza or Providence, which are both fabulous too.
The OP wants dinner for tonight!?! Urasawa might be the most expensive, unique, and perhaps the most accomplished and unique restaurant experience in SoCal these days, but unless the host was in the know, it wouldn't necessarily be that impressive or ostentatious because it is so small and intimate. And even with connections, can one just get in with a party of at least three the day of?
Spago was the first in my mind too. Then Cut. After that, one of the hot new places in town (which may be fairly dead on a Wednesday) like XIV, The Bazaar, or Gordon Ramsay's new place. Then I think of luxurious hotels either in Beverly Hills (Belvedere at the Peninsula, the Four Seasons) or one of the hotels on the beach in Santa Monica.
So it sounds like stroking this persons ego and making them feel amazingly important is a key issue with a big addition that if it is a great dining experience for you and Mom, that would be terrific. I think many of the suggestions give thus far can accomplish the second point, but to really hit the first one out of the park, we need more information.
First, you say foreign. Which country is he from? Are they westernized or do they/have they spent a lot of time in So Cal?
Second, what type of foods does this person like? Do they drink? If so, do they drink wine or hard liquor?
Third, where or what part of town will they be staying in?
Fourth, do you have any frame of reference such as previous places you or your mother have taken him or beeen with him to and what he liked/disliked during those situations?
Fifth, is he a foodie or a showman?
Sixth, what is the nature of the business relationship? Is he a vendor, customer, colleague or associate in business network?
I do this type of entertaining on a highly regular basis both here and abroad, so this is something I am really familiar with. If the questions seem overly prying, I apologize, I'm just trying to get information so we can provide the best possible recommendation.