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Jan 12, 2010 09:13 PM

Unusual Tasting Menus?

Looking for a challenging tasting menu for this coming Monday night (2/18). Have run the gamut of better known restaurants - Providence, Sona, Bistro LQ, even Bastide before the most recent change-over (a 6 1/2 hour event that will be permanently seared in my memory as "life changing") - but seeking something less formal and more unusual. Mo-Chica's Peruvian Tasting menu for example or the Wednesday night Offal tasting menu at Palate are the direction I'm hoping to go... Any suggestions? Wine pairings also a plus!

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  1. I would have suggested you check out the sake tasting menu at Mako in Beverly Hills, but they are closed Sunday - Monday unfortunately. I wonder if Chinois on Main St. in Santa Monica would do a tasting menu? Could be interesting if they were up for it.

    2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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    1. re: Servorg

      Bazaar....have them go young somm is great. He worked at WD-50 so he will know how to do some odd pairings also

      1. re: david Haskell

        I second Bazaar. Wonderful!

        Don't know if Animal does a tasting, but that would be great too.

        1. re: Jennalynn

          Already done Bazaar... Fantastic btw, but looking for something off the beaten path this time around, more "ethnic" or "bizarre".

          1. re: FranklinJefferson

            I get what you're saying... and I look forward to seeing if there are any good answers.

            But to me, off the beaten path, ethnic and/or bizarre places are smaller and not of the tasting menu type. The places I've seen with tasting menus tend to be the upscale-ish newer "trend" places... But it will be fun if I'm wrong!

    2. Maybe or maybe not so crazy but try the tempura Omakase at Komatsu.

      1. Have you tried Ursawa??? Not a tasting menu per se but great none the less. No wine pairing.

        1. Go to Totoraku for the beef tasting. Bring good wine.

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          1. I did the tasting menu at Tagine the other night. Not particularly challenging, per se, but wanted to at least throw it out there.