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Truffle tasting in west LA right now? preferrably with pasta?

sdiddy Nov 8, 2010 08:15 PM

i want to take my wife to a special tasting menu dinner with truffles...would like to spend around 200 total between me and her but can go up to 300. any ideas which restaurants are doing this? thanks!

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    jsandler RE: sdiddy Nov 9, 2010 07:47 AM

    I got an email from Upstairs 2, the restaurant above the Wine House in West LA that they are doing a three course truffle tasting menu for $47 (+$15 per course with truffles, or $40 for truffles with all three courses). If I recall correctly, the menu consists of poached lobster, mushroom rissoto and oven roasted quail. I beleive it includes wine pairings as well.

    Wine House
    2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA

    Upstairs 2
    2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    1. Servorg RE: sdiddy Nov 9, 2010 08:11 AM

      In the past that type of dinner has certainly been something that Valentino's http://www.valentinorestaurantgroup.com/ on Pico
      Blvd. in Santa Monica has been known for. You might check with them and see what they can tell you.

      ADD: Looked at their website and found: http://www.valentinorestaurantgroup.c...

      Menu for Truffle Dinner: http://www.valentinorestaurantgroup.c...

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        john gonzales RE: Servorg Nov 10, 2010 04:40 PM

        I've been to this Valentino dinner. It looks like they even reduced the price a bit this year. I'm really tempted to do it again as it was really tasty. Ample amounts of truffle in classic preparations. The accompanying wines (Batasiolo) are not great, but very good. All-in-all, it's a very good price for a fantastic dinner.

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        la2tokyo RE: sdiddy Nov 9, 2010 09:17 AM

        Melisse has a white truffle a la carte menu on their website under specials, and they usually have some sort of truffle tasting menu.

        1. LATrapp RE: sdiddy Nov 9, 2010 09:38 AM

          Probably tough within the budget, but Spago really does an outstanding white truffle pasta preparation. I also appreciate that they limit what they prepare with truffles. I'm not a fan of hearing from the waiter 'Oh, and we have beautiful in-season white truffles so feel free to add them to any dish on the menu for $xx'

          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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            jdwdeville RE: sdiddy Nov 9, 2010 03:34 PM

            Had several -excellent- truffle courses at Tasting Kitchen in Venice recently, smaller dishes running about $20ish each. Polenta with soft cooked egg and white truffle was awesome.
            Last year around this time Ado on Main st had amazing truffle dishes ranging from $24-90... these were mainly pastas, but there was a seared scallop truffle dish as well.

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              Porthos RE: jdwdeville Nov 14, 2010 10:17 AM

              Was at Tasting Kitchen last night and had the polenta with soft cooked eggs and white truffle and also the fettuccine with alba truffles. The polenta and egg was very good. The truffles were a bit light on flavor compared to ones I had in Rome a month ago. About 30% stepdown in flavor. But the polenta egg dish was $20 and the pasta was $30 so I agree this would be a good way to try truffles if you're trying to keep below $200 for two.

              Providence had an excellent chitarra pasta with white truffles last year but I think the price was more around $60 for that dish.

            2. perk RE: sdiddy Nov 9, 2010 05:50 PM

              Last year, I did lunch at Providence (only open on Friday for lunch) and had a couple of truffle courses. Don't know if they have a truffle tasting menu at lunch, but pretty sure they do one at dinner.

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                js76wisco RE: sdiddy Nov 11, 2010 12:15 PM

                Went to Scarpetta on Sunday and they have a truffle tasting menu which I didn't partake in but my meal was tremendous. Excellent home made pasta, delightful polenta with truffled mushroom appetizer and veal loin wrapped with pancetta and served with sweetbreads was fantastic. The famous spaghetti did not disappoint and my friend absolutely loved her black cod which I didn't taste.

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