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Hubbie and I are trying to get reservations for Bistro LQ this Friday. We want to go for the tasting menu, but we may not be able to because of babysitting constraints.

So, if we can't do the tasting menu, what should we get? We want to try as much as possible, so we'll probably go with the half portions. Based on past posts, it looks like the cheese cart and the uni pudding are musts. Anything else? No food restrictions - we like everything.

Thanks.

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Bistro LQ
8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    1. Just a heads up, because of your babysitter comment (assuming you are on a time limit). I had dinner there the last weekend of Sept on a Saturday night. We sat down at 7:45pm, ordered within the half hour and I didn't get served until close to 10pm - and finally left around 11:30pm. We didn't do the tasting and everything we had was delicious - but I'm not ready to go back, because of the crazy long timing issues.

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      1. re: The Oracle

        Wait...you ordered by 8:15 PM and the food didn't come till nearly 10 PM? Did they comp your meal? Did they tell you why it took nearly an hour and 45 minutes to turn out your food? That is some crazy delay...

        1. re: Servorg

          No - meal was not comped. We commented about the long wait and the server gave us a rehearsed, insincere-sounding speech about the kitchen having trouble with coordinating the tasting menus and then trying to get those out to the parties that ordered it.

          At one point - we asked for more bread and the busboy made comment like "if you want more, I'm going to have to go to the store" - or something snide like that... we all laughed and thought we was joking... but at least 30-45 minutes passed, as were repeated requests for both bread and water... and finally different bread arrived.... we figured he may have been serious!

        2. re: The Oracle

          Wow, that is crazy. How full was the restaurant?

          1. re: LATrapp

            it was maybe close to 2/3rds full when we arrived and proceeded to completely fill up, I believe.

          2. re: The Oracle

            i'm not trying to be snotty, but why didn't you just get up and leave?

            1. re: linus

              Honestly - we kept thinking our food was close to being ready. In retrospect, I wish we had simply picked a different restaurant.

              The dinner was for me (a bachelorette/last single Saturday night before getting married) and the restaurant has been at the top of my list of places I wanted to try. We were enjoying ourselves with conversation and it wasn't until the bread incident that we began to wonder what the heck was going on. We had come out from the eastside and were meeting up with more friends to go dancing afterwards.. so it would not have been time effective for us to leave, find another spot, etc...

              Had we not had people waiting on us and plans aftewards, I don't think I really would have cared all that much.. but seeing the babysitter comment, made me want to forewarn the OP that there may be timing issues and dinner may take longer than anticipated.

          3. Your research is spot on. Uni and cheese cart is a must.

            The egg poached in red wine sauce was very good, not exciting or creative, but just straight up tasty.

            Tasting is a good way to go if you don't want to choose. I hear many of the tasting dishes are not on the a la carte menu.

            The meat pie looked interesting but I didn't get a chance to try it.

            Very sorry to hear about the odd kitching issues. We got 2 servings of bread without any weird comments.