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Asia de Cuba vs. Gordon Ramsay (need help choosing!)

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beautifuldiirt Mar 17, 2010 02:55 PM

Hi everyone!

I'm trying to decide where to go for my birthday dinner next month.
I narrowed it down to Asia de Cuba and Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel. We're going have the tasting menu for both places (if that makes any difference). I think prices at both are not too different?
I'm more concerned with the quality of food and atmosphere.

Has anyone been to both and can tell me what they thought?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out :)

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    pointone RE: beautifuldiirt Mar 17, 2010 03:23 PM

    I've done the tasting at Gordon Ramsay and have eaten a la carte a few times at Asia de Cuba. I think they are in the same area price-wise. The food is so different, but I think, for what they are, are executed on roughly the same level.

    I would say, in terms of birthday ambience, that Asia de Cuba might be a better bet since it's at the Mondrian and you could walk a few steps over to the Skybar after dinner - whereas the London doesn't really have much of a happening bar scene. (I actually had my birthday at Asia de Cuba a few years ago and went to a friend's birthday at the Gordon Ramsay a few months ago.) However, if you're not doing after dinner drinks and just care about dinner alone, I think the room is prettier at the Gordon Ramsay.

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      beautifuldiirt RE: pointone Mar 17, 2010 07:32 PM

      Thanks for your input!

      In that case Gordon Ramsay might be the better choice. The birthday dinner is with family so we won't be having drinks afterwards.

      Is Gordon Ramsay very...formal? I was looking at their photos on their website and the room really does look pretty! But I was wondering if it's really quiet inside? It looks like it... I might be too scared to talk lol

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        pointone RE: beautifuldiirt Mar 19, 2010 11:59 AM

        The London Hotel has a nice rooftop pool area in case you are interested in checking that out with your family. No, it's not very formal. I think when I went for my friend's birthday, the men were wearing jeans with collared shirts. But if you do feel like dressing up, you wouldn't be out of place either. It's not too stuffy or quiet inside. You can definitely talk and be festive. Have a great birthday!

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          beautifuldiirt RE: pointone Mar 20, 2010 04:24 AM

          thanks!! :)

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      radman123 RE: beautifuldiirt Mar 19, 2010 03:18 PM

      Food / Atmo is better at Asia De Cuba --

      For those prices, however, with a little research you can find a much better spot (Cut, Spago, Bouchon)

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      Spago
      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      Asia De Cuba
      8440 W. Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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        beautifuldiirt RE: radman123 Mar 20, 2010 04:26 AM

        thanks radman for your suggestions!!
        I thought about Cut before but I'm not a really big steak girl lol
        and Spago we went for my sister's birthday last year! Bouchon though I actually have never heard of...I'll go do a little research on that~~ thanks!

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        estone888 RE: beautifuldiirt Mar 20, 2010 10:46 AM

        One of my favorite comments about a restaurant, ever, is from a Zagat listing for Asia de Cuba: "Even the chicken breasts have implants."

        1. DrBruin RE: beautifuldiirt Mar 20, 2010 11:32 AM

          I've never been to Ramsay's place and probably will never go seeing as how Ramsay parted ways with the restaurant apparently but has rented the use of his name because he was in dire straights (even he can't get money for nuthin').

          I enjoyed my last meal at Asia De Cuba... and the banana calamari salad may be one of my all time favorite salads (it works, it really does).

          Please report back and let us know where you went and what your experience was like.

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          Asia De Cuba
          8440 W. Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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