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Looking a restaurant in LA, with amazing food and great ambiance

mtlfoodie May 26, 2009 10:15 AM

I'm taking a client out for dinner, please help! As a reference, I love Momofuku Ssam bar in NYC and the Publican in Chicago. Merci !

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  1. Porthos RE: mtlfoodie May 26, 2009 11:41 AM

    If you liked Ssam Bar and the tasty small plates dining in a more casual and lively atmosphere, I would recommend AOC. I just went back myself and rediscovered how much I enjoy it.


    Urasawa, Providence, etc are more high end and formal.

    1. lotta_cox RE: Brussels Sprout May 29, 2009 07:21 AM

      how is the atmosphere at Animal? I understand the food is fantastic, but have been told the decor is minimalist.

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        Servorg RE: lotta_cox May 29, 2009 08:26 AM

        While it's true that the physical space is not going to wow anyone the atmosphere is actually very nice because of one major factor: the service. And the lighting is low enough (without making you wish you had brought your mini maglite) to give it some atmospheric charm as well.

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        JPomer RE: mtlfoodie May 26, 2009 10:26 AM

        location might matter -- are you downtown? Hollywood? Westisde?

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          mtlfoodie RE: JPomer May 26, 2009 10:46 AM

          west Hollywood would be ideal, thanks

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            Ciao Bob RE: mtlfoodie May 26, 2009 10:55 AM


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              JPomer RE: mtlfoodie May 26, 2009 10:57 AM


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                mtlfoodie RE: JPomer May 26, 2009 11:04 AM

                thank you I have been to Lucques last August and I really liked it

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                  FranklinJefferson RE: JPomer May 26, 2009 12:45 PM

                  Much as I Love Animal (can't emphasize that enough), the OP's looking to take a client to dinner. With the acoustics in that place, it would be hard to carry on any sort of business conversation.

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                    rednyellow RE: FranklinJefferson May 26, 2009 02:00 PM

                    I agree, I love the food at Animal, but it really has no ambience other than being horribly loud.

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                  aching RE: mtlfoodie May 27, 2009 05:50 PM

                  Grace or AOC.

              2. Phurstluv RE: mtlfoodie May 28, 2009 07:59 PM

                Skip Lucques.
                Ortolan is too romantic for a client dinner.

                Can't rec to your references, but look up these trendy & delicious spots in that 'hood:

                Bar Marmont 8171 Sunset Blvd
                Or the Chateau Marmont at 8221 Sunset
                Chaya Brasserie 8741 Alden Dr, BH
                Comme Ca 8479 Melrose
                The Foundry (live Jazz) 7465 Melrose
                Grace 7360 Beverly Blvd

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                  New Trial RE: Phurstluv May 29, 2009 12:43 AM

                  Although Ortolan can definitely be romantic, I have taken business acquaintances (co-workers and clients) who have an interest in great food there for dinner several times and they have all loved it. However, as it is a small kitchen, service can be leisurely so not ideal if the client is time-sensitive. I find Animal, AOC, and Comme Ca too crowded and noisy for clients (though I love the first two for casual dining with friends) but The Foundry, Grace, Lucques (where OP has already been) and Providence are all good suggestions for the West Hollywood area. While I like Bazaar, it is a tough reservation at the moment and it would depend on the client's tastes whether it would work.

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