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Oct 9, 2009 04:13 PM

Spago dineLA Review. One of DineLA's Best Deals.

Just last week LAist released tips on how to get the most out of dineLA and one of their points is to not go for restaurant week menu offering dishes not originally on their regular menu.
At Spago, none of the dishes (minus desserts) offered are on the regular menu.

Does this mean Spago dineLA is not a deal?

Let me see here. Burrata fig salad with jamon serrano and either poussin or kurobuta pork chop+dessert seems worthy of a $45 Spago meal to me.
If you actually look at their regular menu, you'd notice that their cheapest entree offered is $38. A $45 3-course Spago meal? That would be impossible without restaurant week!

Fig salad with burrata and jamon serrano.
Great figs, great burrata, great jamon. I am not sure about the combination of it all though. I certainly loved the burrata with the jamon and the greens, but not with the figs. I ended up eating the figs separately.

Kurobuta Pork Chop.
Smaller portion? I think not. This pork chop was so big I managed to take leftovers home. It was a very good pork chop, quite tender and moist, well seasoned. Great flavor and very complementary sauce and garnish.

The desserts offered actually do come from the regular menu. I got the Apple Cider Upside Down Cake.

The cake had a great flavor but it was a bit too dry for my taste. I should've remembered these types of cakes are generally too dry for my palate. A lot of people seemed to like this though.

PepsiMonster got the Dobos, 12 layer chocolate and praline cake with nutella gelato.

I like his dessert much better, the chocolate buttercream layer was very smooth but you get just a teeny crunchiness. Great taste and texture.

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  1. I must woefully disagree - not with the contention that you are getting a bargain price on a Spago meal, but that it is actually worth it to dine at Spago, one of the most overrated eateries in Beverly Hills. Even at $44 per person, the menu offerings have zero wow factor in taste or creative preparation. It is always a travesty to me when one peaks at the appetizer course, as was the case here. Despite enjoying the fig salad described above, I felt each of the main courses offered was only "okay," as with the desserts. In fact, I actually felt bad for my dining companion, whose chicken was dry and tasteless. Thank goodness for the wine.

    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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    1. re: schmamo

      I don't think Spago is overrated at all. However, if you go to Spago and order an appetizer and a main, you won't have the real Spago experience. It is essential to order a tasting menu - just let the chefs cook for you. Also the patio at lunch is one of the prettiest outdoor spaces in Beverly Hills.

      From a lunch in early October:
      Tuna tartar in a sesame cone
      Hamachi Ceviche with Heirloom Tomato Confit
      Smoked Trout Mousse, Salmon Eggs, Chives, Red Onion, Corn Blini
      Duck Liver Mousse, Pear Compote, Golden Raisin Tartlets
      Bruschetta, Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil Aioli
      Bacon En Croute
      Heirloom Tomato Sorbet, Tomato Carpaccio, Basil Oil
      Warm Crispy Baked Pig’s Ears, Gigantic Beans, Chanterelles, Balsamic, Mushroom Emulsion, Wild Arugula
      Pan Roasted Langoustine, Maryland Crab, Baby Leek Puree, Matsutake Mushrooms, Fresh Grated Yuzu
      White Corn Agnolotti, Shaved White Truffle
      Roasted Saddle of Sonoma Lamb, Blood sausage, Sweetbreads, Ragout of Porcini Mushrooms, Figs, Natural Jus

      A lovely lunch on a warm, sunny afternoon.

      More Pics here:

    2. I agree with the OP. We did DineLA here. I found my meal extraordinary for the price. The dungeness crab ravioli are exquisite.

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      1. re: sushigirlie

        Agreed. We have been twice now for DineLA. Also, be sure to splurge the $12 for the Agnolotti. You will not be disappointed!

        1. re: WildSwede

          I do not know if I like chestnuts- never had em. Do know that I like gnocchi and weinershcnitzel. Is the Agnolotti worth the risk? What's it like?

          1. re: heathpack

            the agnolotti is great. it's like little cheesy pasta pockets of joy. spago is one of the best restaurants in the city and easily of the best deals for dine la.

      2. Ok, you have convinced us. Lunch at Spago tomorrow at 2:15. Will post back as to how we find it.

        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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        1. re: heathpack

          We went. All was good- really good. Posted more details in the DineLA 2011 thread.

        2. I tried getting reservations for Sunday, but alas they're closed for a SAG awards after party.

          1. I did Spago for the last Dine LA a few months back. The crab ravioli and supplement of agnolotti was delicious, but my goodness I was hungry still afterward. I had a second helping of bread with my entree. We had:

            Smoked salmon with blini's: 5 blini's a little larger than bottle caps with maybe 2 oz of smoked salmon with some accompaniments.
            Crab ravioli: 10 small but flavorful ravioli
            Agnolotti: Forgot the flavor, but maybe 11 tiny pieces

            Short rib: Maybe 6 oz of meat with 4 marble sized mashed potato fritters
            Fish: 5 oz of fish on top of potato puree

            Chocolate dessert: Small, rich tower of chocolate ganache/cake
            Apple dessert: Basically a 2.5 square inch of puff pastry with some apple in it

            My descriptions are literally off my memory and counting items off my pictures. I saw many people around us ordering a la carte, and got way more food than the Dine LA menu. Perhaps should go tasting menu. I'm glad the pork chop is huge, but I wasn't completely satisfied by the portions and the desserts were just ok.

            176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210