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Bistro LQ

It has been a while since my wife and I have had a chef's tasting menu since we bought our house a year + ago. Life has been different with mortgage payments however Im quite happy and grateful to live in a house and a good community. So for my birthday on the 25th, I decided to start the celebration early and pick a restaurant with a tasting menu. We're on a budget as Im paying for 4 people instead of 2, my parents flew from the Philippines to be with me for my birthday. I would love to go back to Providence or Melisse but budget is budget :)

What can I expect from Bistro LQ? I've heard good things about it and not so good (5+ hours for a 10 course tasting). Hopefully that's all resolved by tomorrow.

Another restaurant I've been thinking is Hatfield's, I haven't been to their new location but loved them when they were at their old location.

Am I making a good choice of Bistro LQ?

There's alot of new restaurants here that my head is spinning! I recently picked up a copy of LA WEEKLY just to see the new restaurants locally.

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Bistro LQ
8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  1. I just had the truffle tasting yesterday at Bistro LQ and it was great(absolutely no service issues). But I think Hatfield's is great too, so you can't go wrong either way. I think if you're looking for a tasting menu though, I think you'll get more bang for your buck at BLQ than Hatfield's.

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    Bistro LQ
    8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    1. Hatfield's is excellent and very consistent. Bistro LQ has higher highs but also has some occasional service issues. Both are about the same in terms of pricing and offer tremendous value for what they are serving.

      It depends on your tastes. If you're into creative, not weird, but creative and very tasty cuisine then Bistro LQ. If you want safe but excellent cuisine, Hatfield's. If you're going on a weeknight, Bistro LQ's service is a pretty safe bet in terms of service.

      If you like cheese or have any interest in cheese at all, Bistro LQ has a cheese cart that shames some of the best restaurants in the country. It is the most extensive cheese cart I've seen anywhere including Joel Robuchon and Daniel (my former 2 favorites). Nothing in LA even comes close...not even if you reduce the cheese cart by half.

      At both places you can get a 4-5 course tasting for around $60pp.

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      Bistro LQ
      8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      1. I've only been to Bistro LQ once, and I didn't get the tasting menu which I've heard is their strength, but I greatly prefer Hatfield's (which I've been to several times). I thought the food at Bistro LQ was good but I wasn't blown away, and the service was not bad but definitely notches below what I expect for fine dining. At Hatfield's both the food and service are outstanding. I also like the space/atmosphere more at Hatfield's vs. Bistro LQ.

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        Bistro LQ
        8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        1. Our experience with Hatfields is that they tend to be the opposite of Bistro LQ in terms of pacing. Bistro LQ is much slower whereas we had to ask at Hatfields to slow down significantly since we don't like to have no breaks between courses at a tastiing menu. Both have excellent food, Bistro LQ is the more creative, unusual one.

          1. Thank you all for the reply. Now im quite excited for my dinner tomorrow night.

            Baloney, if you dont' mind me asking, how much did the truffle tasting cost?

            Regards!

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            1. re: JMan604

              This night it was about $250 I think? But I believe it can go anywhere between $200-300 depending on the menu.

              1. re: baloney

                Did you feel like you got your money's worth? Looking forward to your truffle tasting writeup...

                1. re: J.L.

                  Yes, actually. They were pretty generous with the truffle shavings. I've paid $70 for a single truffle supplement at La Folie(though it was an Alba White) so this seems a steal! I mean, it is, like, 20 courses

            2. I just got home from Bistro LQ. All 4 of us decided on the 7 course tasting. I'll be honest, I was a little bit hessitant in picking BLQ to celebrate my birthday due to some negative feedback however it was quite the opposite tonight. I loved the place, the service was solid, and most important, the food was spectacular. Now I know why bloggers, writers etc compare Chef Quenioux to the likes of Chef Cimarusti etc. The one thing that is consistent with most write up is the cheese cart, It's huge selection may also be it's downfall, our server got 9 out of the 10 cheeses he picked/served correctly however had to do a double take on 1 of the cheeses to make sure he is correct before explaning. I don't blame him, it's alot to memorize and that didn't spoil the occassion.

              I got to met Chef Quenioux at the end of my meal. Very down to earth and humble. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. Very well worth it, it's actually a bargain compared to the other top LA restaurants out there.

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              Bistro LQ
              8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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              1. re: JMan604

                Good to hear. I'm looking forward to another visit after maybe shying away after reading some of the negative reviews. In our one visit, I have to agree that the front of the house needed some serious work while the food was excellent.

              2. btw, our tasting lasted for 4 hours. Pacing was good, It did not feel like 4 hours, maybe the company I had was great as well.

                The table next to us' cote de boeuf looked amazing. Next time!