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May 18, 2005 05:38 PM

Is Spago worth it?

  • k

New to LA, birthday fast approaching. Is Spago worth the trip & expense? If so, what do you recommend, or of not, any other suggestions for a romantic dinner? Thanks!

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  1. r
    rabo encendido

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it bears repeating:

    SPAGO is worth it ONLY for the tasting menu. A multi-course, multi-hour affair that is one of the better eating experiences to be had in the city. It's not cheap ($120pp., $180 with wine pairings), and you will have to go early (no later than 7PM). Despite all this, it's worth it, and very special.

    If one merely orders off the menu, SPAGO is expensive and not particularly impressive.

    Wherever you go, have a happy birthday.

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    1. How's Spago for a vegetarian?

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      1. re: Jon

        go there, try the sweatbreads, then tell me how much you love life as a carnivore!

        ohhh... i'm salivating right now. NOBODY does'm up like puck. nobody.

        1. re: pescador

          Had Sweetbreads twice in the past week and they were both excellent and each qite different from the other. Fioretto had them with Risotto and Max had them "Glazed". Both were amazing.

          Tasting Menu is not a requirement. Jewish Pizza, Foie Gras Tasting, Beet Salad, Kaiserschmeren. That is a great meal by any comparison. The pizza is splitable by 4, salad big enough for 2. Foie is just for me, don't even ask. Kaiserschmeren will feed up to 4 depending on how hungry you are. It doesn't have to be expensive to be great at Spago. For it to be spectacular, you have to spend the big bucks and also invest 5 hours of your time eating. There are worse things that a person could be forced to do.

        1. I think it's worth it. If you go one item I highly recommend is the dessert that's strawberries and some kind of pancakey thing (can't think of what they called it).

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          1. In any event, PLEASE DON'T GO FOR PASSOVER DINNER. Worst gefilte fish I've EVER had in my entire life. Totally insipid, the frozen stuff sold at Eilat Market is waaaay tastier. And the fish was the highlight, I guess... (To avoid adding insult to injury, I won't mention the $175 so-called charity fee.)