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Hello Foodies! I am taking clients to dinner next week and am looking for a restaurant that reflects the ever changing taste of comsumers. We hoping to go somewhere new, inspiring and exciting. I love Comme CA and Fraiche, but they are so French. Is that the cuisine of the month in LA? I'd love to get some suggestions. We are looking to find the next big thing in the culinary world.

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  1. Check out Saam at The Bazaar and Michael Mina's XIV.

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    1. re: stevedi

      I would strongly agree with the XIV suggestion.

      1. re: bllrdfam

        I strongly disagree with XIV. Michael Mina has not been "the next big thing" for a while... Plus, XIV is one of his weaker restaurants.

        1. re: stevedi

          3rd, 4th or is it 5th?? Bazaar. Not my thing, it's Spanish-inspired tapas, but it's the latest "thing," whatever "thing" is.

          I'm surprised no one has mentioned Ludobites? It seems every other blog or tweet I read is a review about them. It's the same style as Bazaar, but not as pricey.

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              1. If I were looking for something different and newer, I'd probably go for a more exotic cuisine than French and/or American. Gyenari is new-ish and really great in downtown Culver City. Or I have yet to go but have heard a lot of really good things about Asia de Cuba also.

                Good luck!

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                1. re: Yes Please

                  Asia de Cuba is a million years old and as mediocre as ever. Follow the first poster's advice about The Bazaar.

                  1. re: Chowpatty

                    Make that a billion years old. Is it even still alive?

                    1. re: J.L.

                      Asia de Cuba is still alive... and, as soon as I figure out all the ingredients in their banana calamari hearts o' palm salad... I won't be going back once I'm able to recreate it. ;)