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Top 5 tastes of 2010

Guess the moderators didn't like the last post where I included tastes outside of LA.

Let's try this again. The SF board often does a top 5 tastes of 2010 at the end of the year so we can remind ourselves that life is good. Rules: must be in 2010.

Mine are:

1. Hokkaido hairy crab kani miso (crab brains/mustard) at Mori
2. Sea urchin tapioca pudding at Bistro LQ
3. Cheese cart at Bistro LQ
4. Braised oxtails at Mozza2go's Mangiare in Famiglia
5. Pork Blolognese with Parmigiano souffle at Mozza2go's Mangiare in Famiglia

What are yours?

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Bistro LQ
8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  1. 1. Bucatini with Guanciale (Valentino)
    2. Olive Oil bonbon (Saam)
    3. Salted duck egg custard tart with fried taro root shavings (Sea Harbour)
    4. Half Raw Egg with Salmon Roe (Torihei)
    5. Butterscotch budino (Pizzeria Mozza)

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      4. Half Raw Egg with Salmon Roe (Torihei)
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      Excellent call.

    2. Sepia + Oatmeal + blood sausage (Bistro LQ)
      Foie gras au torchon + head cheese +sweet corn + vegetable salad (Bistro LQ)
      Foie Gras two ways: Seared foie gras + pistachio glace + fig, foie gras au torchon + chartreuse gelee (Bistro LQ)
      Duck gizzard + mushrooms + quail egg + red wine gelee (Bistro LQ)
      Crouton + bone marrow + huckleberry + black truffles (Bistro LQ)

      And an honorable mention for the most unusual (and one of the best) palate cleanser – escamoles with guacamole (Bistro LQ)

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      1. re: honkman

        Sepia + Oatmeal + blood sausage (Bistro LQ)
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        The blood sausage at Bistro LQ is amazing. The texture was, for lack of a better word, silky. It is no hyberbole when I say it's the best I've ever had.

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        Bistro LQ
        8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        1. re: Porthos

          Yes, those blood sausages are really AMAZING!!!

        2. re: honkman

          honkman: I see you are a big fan of Bistro LQ. I went there for the first time last night for a 10-course tasting menu and some items were really amazing:

          Venison Tartar w/ quail egg & pomme frites -- best venison I've ever had and perfectly light and crispy fries (and I'm not even a game person)
          Uni Tapioca Pudding -- I see this is many people's favorite
          Veal Sweetbread w/ potato coulis -- perfect texture and flavor for sweetbread
          Foie Gras Tostada -- a little Mexican twist, perfect with the sweet sauterne pairing
          Black Bass w/ Blood Sausage & Duck Wings -- OMG, just love the blood sausage!!!

          I think Bistro LQ deserves more love from Chowhounders!

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          Bistro LQ
          8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          1. re: fdb

            sounds good, what was the price of the 10courser? like about 80 bucks per or more? or what/

            1. re: kevin

              $90 (+$50 if you do wine paring)

              I've posted another thread with a little more description.

            2. re: fdb

              Bistro LQ deserves more love in general. That blood sausage is superb. I'm going back for the 10 course tasting next week with a group of 4. Used someone's birthday as an excuse.

              Btw, tried the mushroom fricasse with polenta at Scarpetta last night. It was good but I'd probably put it tied or a notch below my 5th choice: Pork Blolognese with Parmigiano souffle at Mozza2go.

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              Bistro LQ
              8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              Scarpetta
              225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

              1. re: Porthos

                Bistro LQ is serving an 18-course $200 truffle tasting menu on Thursdays only. Just saying.

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                Bistro LQ
                8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              2. re: fdb

                Great to hear that you enjoyed Bistro LQ. Even though we live in San Diego we travel very regular to LA for extended foodie weekends and stop very often at Bistro LQ. Eric (Maitre D') mentioned recently that we have been one of their best customers this year. We might have had their 10-course tasting menu 7-8 times this year and Laurent always surprises us with new creations. Even though we had about 80-90 dishes combined over the year we didn't have any duplicates.

            3. Branzino with chanterelles at Tasting Kitchen
              Tuna tartar with coconut cream, green papaya, and chilis at Water Grill
              Duck shawarma sandwich at Momed
              Crab, uni, and caviar at Go's Mart
              Laffa with hummus and pine nuts at Hummus Bar & Grill

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              Water Grill
              544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              Go's Mart
              22330 Sherman Way # C12, Canoga Park, CA

              Momed
              233 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

              1. 1. Caramelized Cauliflower with Pine Nuts, Chili Flake & Mint (Lazy Ox)
                2. Butterscotch Pudding (Lazy Ox)
                3 Foie Gras w/ Asian Pear & Daikon (Lazy Ox)
                4. Lengua Ravioli w/Pine Nuts & Lebni (Lazy Ox)
                5. Lobster Roll w/ Mayo (Lobsta Truck)

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                1. re: fdb

                  damn it, i went to lazy ox for the1st time yesterday and the lengua ravioli was on the specials board - but if course NOT serving it for lunch =(

                2. in no particular order:

                  apricot sorbetto, bulgarini
                  foie gras parfait, district
                  bruleed ono, sushi central
                  braised beef cheeks with corn puree, XIV
                  banana and buckwheat dessert at providence

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                  XIV
                  8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046