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Top 5 tastes of 2010

Porthos Dec 21, 2010 03:38 PM

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

  1. ipsedixit Dec 21, 2010 04:46 PM

    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)

    1 Reply
    1. re: ipsedixit
      Porthos Dec 21, 2010 05:27 PM

      4. Half Raw Egg with Salmon Roe (Torihei)
      ===================================

      Excellent call.

    2. honkman Dec 21, 2010 05:27 PM

      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)

      8 Replies
      1. re: honkman
        Porthos Dec 22, 2010 06:54 AM

        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
          f
          fdb Jan 8, 2011 11:00 AM

          Yes, those blood sausages are really AMAZING!!!

        2. re: honkman
          f
          fdb Jan 8, 2011 10:59 AM

          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
            k
            kevin Jan 8, 2011 11:18 AM

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

            1. re: kevin
              f
              fdb Jan 8, 2011 11:39 AM

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

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

            2. re: fdb
              Porthos Jan 8, 2011 02:32 PM

              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
                f
                fdb Jan 8, 2011 02:48 PM

                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
                honkman Jan 8, 2011 03:40 PM

                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. s
              sushigirlie Dec 21, 2010 10:33 PM

              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. f
                fdb Dec 21, 2010 10:58 PM

                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
                  t
                  tastycakes Dec 22, 2010 07:19 AM

                  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. t
                  tastycakes Dec 22, 2010 07:18 AM

                  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

                  1. c
                    cdub Dec 22, 2010 07:55 AM

                    oxtail pot pie (lazy ox)
                    burger (lazy ox)
                    pork belly bowl (chego)
                    foie gras w/ maple gravy and biscuit (animal)
                    bone marrow (mozza)

                    that oxtail pot pie was the one that still sticks out in my mind. if they still have it as a special, it's a must have.

                    1. hyacinthgirl Dec 22, 2010 10:10 AM

                      1. Flatiron steak with truffle parmesean fondue at Animal
                      2. Burrata, tomato, foccacia and lemon basil at Mozza2go's Mangiare in Famiglia
                      3. Waffle with strawberry preserve at Nick's Cafe
                      4. Lemon ricotta pancakes at Gjelina
                      5. Greek pizza at Cayenne cafe

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                      Gjelina
                      1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

                      1. aching Dec 22, 2010 11:02 AM

                        - Creamy farro with marrow butter (Lazy Ox)
                        - Butterscotch pot de creme (Gjelina)
                        - Ooey gooey fries (Chego)
                        - Bacon and peanut butter ice cream sandwich (Coolhaus)
                        - Crispy broccoli (The Gorbals)

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                        The Gorbals
                        501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                        1. Searching4Dunny Dec 22, 2010 09:17 PM

                          1. Sea urchin tapioca pudding at Bistro LQ
                          2. Flatiron steak with truffle parmesean fondue at Animal
                          3. "Black Label Burger" (w/ bone marrow butter) at Crowbar Kitchen (OC)
                          4. Truffle Egg at Melisse
                          5. Persimmon Cake w/ Ginger Ice Cream at Hidden Kitchen

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                          Bistro LQ
                          8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                          Hidden Kitchen
                          750 Saint Clair St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                          1. k
                            kevin Dec 24, 2010 07:26 PM

                            I see a couple of running threads. Both bistro LQ and lazy ox tavern. Both of which are at the very least inventive.

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                            1. re: kevin
                              Porthos Dec 25, 2010 05:59 PM

                              Thats the other thing this thread is good for...to help plan 2011. I've made reservations at Scarpetta in 2 weeks for the polenta with fricassee of mushrooms.

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                              Scarpetta
                              225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                              1. re: Porthos
                                goodhealthgourmet Dec 25, 2010 06:16 PM

                                agreed - i've now got my eye on several dishes in this thread.

                                1. re: Porthos
                                  k
                                  kevin Dec 25, 2010 06:30 PM

                                  same here. now.

                                  i heard there's a pop of bouhon bakery there too,

                                  is scarpetta in the same hotel as Bouchon Beverly Hills/

                                  i definitely gotta try Scarpetta if only for the 24 dollar spaghetti and meatballs.

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                                  Scarpetta
                                  225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                  1. re: kevin
                                    b
                                    baloney Dec 25, 2010 06:42 PM

                                    It's directly across from Bouchon, cross the garden. And the spaghetti doesn't come with meatballs! Not worth the price in my opinion, even if it did have meatballs.

                                    1. re: baloney
                                      k
                                      kevin Dec 25, 2010 06:56 PM

                                      what otyher dishes are good there again? and how are the desserts, is there a a nice bar or counter for single dining?

                                      1. re: kevin
                                        goodhealthgourmet Dec 25, 2010 07:18 PM

                                        for solo dining, snag a seat at the counter back in the kitchen and watch the action.

                                        appetizers: the polenta is a must, as are the scallops. i hear the braised short ribs are fabulous but i haven't had them yet.

                                        i can't weigh in on the spaghetti or any of the other pastas because i can't eat it :(

                                        entrees - branzino & black cod are both excellent. ash-spiced venison is tender & beautiful, but you need to like anise - lots of it in the spice rub.

                                        desserts: again, my options are limited, but the chocolate cake (flourless) is positively sublime, and the accompanying burnt orange caramel gelato is wonderful.

                                        1. re: kevin
                                          b
                                          baloney Dec 25, 2010 08:34 PM

                                          Agree with ghg, the polenta is pretty good, scallops were okay but not super memorable. At Scarpetta NY, I had a tasty seafood pasta dish that I much preferred to the spaghetti and all other pasta dishes I've tried at the BH location, but I don't know if it's on the menu here.

                                          Can't weigh in on dessert, have not partaken in them.

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                                          Scarpetta
                                          225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                          1. re: baloney
                                            goodhealthgourmet Dec 25, 2010 09:16 PM

                                            the BH location had scialatielli with uni & crab on the menu when they first opened, not sure if they still do.

                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                              b
                                              baloney Dec 26, 2010 07:10 AM

                                              No, it was different I think, there was some shellfish in there for sure along with a little uni. Don't think there was crab though, but it makes sense that there would be here!

                                        2. re: baloney
                                          h
                                          hong_kong_foodie Dec 26, 2010 07:42 AM

                                          Agreed. And Osteria Mozza is soooo much better and closer to the real thing you find in Italy than Scarpetta.

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                                          Osteria Mozza
                                          6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                          Scarpetta
                                          225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                    2. re: kevin
                                      f
                                      fdb Jan 8, 2011 10:50 AM

                                      To kevin: With all respect, if you don't think Bistro LQ and Lazy Ox are inventive, may I ask what intrigues you?

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                                      Bistro LQ
                                      8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                      1. re: fdb
                                        k
                                        kevin Jan 8, 2011 11:21 AM

                                        i said if i'm not mistaken that both are inventive, at the very least, which is favorable for them, i just was not wowed by lazy ox, but it seems like that it's getting a lot better than from when it first opened.

                                        still the tasting menu, for me, that I think is incredible is the 10 or 12 courser from Spago in the evening (the day time one is just not that great, unless you are very very very adamant about them serving up a dinner time style tasting menu) amazingly great stuff, actually superb stuff.

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                                        Spago
                                        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                        1. re: kevin
                                          honkman Jan 8, 2011 12:31 PM

                                          The most recent 10 course tasting menu at Spago was very disappointing - uninspired food and mediocre service. Spago tends to live by its reputation. There are many better places now in LA for great tasting menus as Providence, Hatfields, Bistro LQ

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                                          Spago
                                          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                          Bistro LQ
                                          8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                          1. re: honkman
                                            k
                                            kevin Jan 8, 2011 12:50 PM

                                            We will have to disagree with that. Spago was very interesting and delicious for the tasting menu at dinner time, with the proviso that Hefter has to be in the kitchen, and you order the full tasting menu, what's not stated on the menu. Granted it's been a while that I have been there for a while...

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                                            Spago
                                            176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                            1. re: kevin
                                              honkman Jan 8, 2011 03:35 PM

                                              We went to Sapgo when Hefter was in and had the full tasting menu but felt that the quality has been considerable low than the several times we have been before.

                                          2. re: kevin
                                            f
                                            fdb Jan 8, 2011 01:26 PM

                                            Sorry I misread your comment. Time to give Lazy Ox another try. I've been there 3 times lately, and have not stopped being amazed by the new dishes that I tried each time.

                                            I can't comment on Spago as I haven't dined there recently but Bistro LQ is quite good for the price it charges. Providence chef tasting menu still ranks no. 1 as far as I am concerned.

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                                            Spago
                                            176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                            Bistro LQ
                                            8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                      2. goodhealthgourmet Dec 24, 2010 08:36 PM

                                        in no particular order:
                                        Creamy Polenta with Truffled Fricassee of Mushrooms (Scarpetta)
                                        Roasted Sea Scallops with Caramelized Sunchoke Puree and Porcini Mushrooms (Scarpetta)
                                        Braised Beef Short Ribs (Craft)
                                        Chocolate Cake w/Burnt Orange Caramel Gelato & Espresso Sauce (Scarpetta)
                                        Huckleberry Yogurt Sorbet (Craft)

                                        1. j
                                          Jwsel Dec 24, 2010 10:44 PM

                                          1. Truffled egg (Melisse)
                                          2 Foie gras w/ maple gravy and biscuit (Animal)
                                          3. Seared toro sushi (Kiriko)
                                          4. Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate -- four separate chocolate preparations (Melisse)
                                          5. Grilled Octopus with potatoes, celery & lemon/ Ricotta & Egg Raviolo with browned butter (tie - Osteria Mozza)

                                          Honorable mention: lengua ravioli (Lazy Ox); asparagus with poached egg and bacon (Animal); pigs ear with chile and limon (Animal); misoyaki butterfish (Roy's); sea eel with salt and yuzu (Kiriko); bluefin tuna sashimi with truffle oil (Kiriko);; sweet corn agnolloti (Spago); birria taco (El Taco Llama); tamale con mole negro (Guelaguetza); gnocchi bolognese (Spumoni); rock 'n' Roll - baked scallop and avocado handroll (Cho Cho San); oyster on the half-shell (Sushi Ichiban Kan); baked green mussels (Sushi Ichiban Kan); and Gabriel Coulet Le Petit .Cave cheese (Wallys) on chocolate-cherry bread (La Brea Bakery).

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                                          Spago
                                          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                          Melisse Restaurant
                                          1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                          Kiriko
                                          11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                          Guelaguetza
                                          3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                                          Animal
                                          435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                          Spumoni Restaurant
                                          14533 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

                                          Sushi Ichiban Kan
                                          19723 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA

                                          El Taco Llama
                                          15708 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91406

                                          El Taco Llama
                                          11511 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

                                          Osteria Mozza
                                          6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                          1. OC Mutt Dec 26, 2010 09:07 AM

                                            1 - Kogi anything - particularly kim chi quesadilla, spicy pork taco, short rib burrito
                                            2 - Croque Madame - Bouchon
                                            3 - Rocky road ice cream sandwich - Milk
                                            4 - Blue Velvet Cake - Milk
                                            5 - "Philly Cheese Steak" - The Bazaar

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                                            Kogi
                                            Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

                                            1. Tom P Dec 28, 2010 06:55 AM

                                              No particular order:

                                              - Brandade with roasted tomatoes at CANELE: served with toasted rustic bread, this is incredible.

                                              - Bouillabaisse at CHURCH & STATE: just had this for the first time, when a friend ordered it. Wow.

                                              - Caesar Salad at the DAL RAE: even better than Musso's. This is the best in the city.

                                              - Ricotta & Egg Raviolo with browned butter at OSTERIA MOZZA. Cutting into this ravioli and having the egg yolk run out into the browned butter sauce is one of life's great pleasures.

                                              - French Fries at DELPHINE (in the W Hollywood): best in the city. Period.

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