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Best Creme Brulee in LA???

upstarter Jun 5, 2009 05:36 AM

I did a search and was socked by the lack of info. Who does the best creme brulee in LA??? I had one at Bouchon in Vegas and LOVED it and want to find something of equal or better quality.


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  1. westsidegal RE: upstarter Jun 5, 2009 06:09 PM

    dunno if it's the best in LA because i normally order something chocolate for dessert, but i did think that the creme brulee i tried at ocean avenue seafood in santa monica was solid.

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      TravelPath RE: upstarter Jun 5, 2009 08:34 PM

      Spago Beverly Hills has it on occasion...and it is excellent...probably my favorite dessert from Puck!!

      1. Emme RE: upstarter Jun 5, 2009 09:02 PM

        The Four Seasons on Doheny does a *great* creme brulee; IIRC, they serve it (or at least they used to) in a pie tart shell with huckleberries on the side.

        Also, try Mastro's

        Fritto Misto in Santa Monica

        Porto's Bakery

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          upstarter RE: Emme Nov 8, 2010 06:17 PM

          So I tried Porto's CB and while certainly not the best (by a mile) I've had, it *was* good enough and for the price, unbeatable! Definitely load up on 'em next time I'm in Burbank.

          Fleming's had a good one too. Unfortunately, everything else at Fleming's left me wanting more.

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          Jwsel RE: upstarter Jun 6, 2009 12:24 AM

          Arnie Morton's does a great creme brulee. I rarely have it because I adore their souffles, but we tried one the last time I went and it was very good.

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            upstarter RE: Jwsel Jul 6, 2009 07:08 PM

            I was VERY disappointed with Arnie's creme brulee. Couldn't even hold a candle to Bouchon in Vegas, or even Donnovan's steak house in San Diego. I guess I'm just gonna have to wait for Bouchon to open :(

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              nomo_fan RE: upstarter Jul 7, 2009 12:18 AM

              Definitely the best creme brulee I've had (and I actually hate creme brulee) was at Cat and the Custard Cup. It is their signature dessert, and it doesn't disappoint. Better than that is the Panna Cotta at Celestino.

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                loreeLB RE: upstarter Mar 1, 2010 02:01 PM

                OMG yes! Donovan's creme brulee is fantastic! That is my favorite dessert, I actually like the one at Ruths Chris on occasion too..

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              Shawniece RE: upstarter Feb 27, 2010 06:04 PM

              The best I've found in or out of a restaurant (and I may like it better because I can take it home) is Caprice Fine French Pastries in Santa Monica. !!! It's a tiny industrial kitchen on Pico and I passed it so many times never realizing it was there. The owner Jean-Louis is fantastic and you can buy mini tarts, petit fours and treats in addition to creme brulee. The CB's come in 2 sizes =) Easy in and out and really inexpensive. I love love love this place!

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                hhewitt RE: Shawniece Feb 28, 2010 02:38 PM

                Definitely have to second Caprice's creme brulee. It is very creamy, but, since it's usually been sitting, the top isn't as crunchy as a freshly-caramelized top. Still delicious, though.

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                  Mateo R RE: hhewitt Mar 1, 2010 02:16 PM

                  I think Caprice is an excellent french pastry shop, and I love their creme brulee, but I think you need a blowtorch to reheat it.

              2. J.L. RE: upstarter Feb 27, 2010 07:16 PM

                Surprisingly, the best Creme Brulee I've come across is the "hot iron" creme brulee at a shabu shabu place called KaGaYa in Little Tokyo, next to Sushi Gen.

                They take a hot circular iron, glowing orange over a fire, and "brand" the cold creme in front of you. Spectacular and super-smoky & tasty upper shell afterwards. Awesome.

                And the shabu shabu is great, too!

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                  ms.sunshine RE: upstarter Mar 1, 2010 08:58 PM

                  Maison Akira in Pasadena :)

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                    bulavinaka RE: upstarter Mar 1, 2010 10:20 PM

                    Fleur de Lys Patisserie in Monterey Park. Really nice mouthfeel, rich, nice deep vanilla flavor. Unlike many bakeries, they caramelize the tops only after you order them. They've been carrying a few flavors now. Vanilla, coffee, and (scratching my head) I can't recall the other flavor....


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                      upstarter RE: upstarter Mar 9, 2010 10:31 PM

                      I tried the one at Church and State. Good but not memorable. The search continues!

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                        jaykayen RE: upstarter Mar 9, 2010 11:01 PM

                        I like the one at Orris, though it has fruit in the custard, and may be considered a little nontraditional.

                        1. circe0723 RE: upstarter Sep 17, 2010 01:43 PM

                          I have been to Barbrix in Silverlake a few weeks ago, and I was not overly impressed with the menu and the dishes we ordered....but the Nutella crème brûlée was to die for: it had the right balance between creaminess and smoothness, chocolatey-milky flavor, not to sweet. I think I might just go back there just for this dessert (and I am normally a cheese plate person).

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