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May 25, 2011 06:01 PM

Birthday Dinner with Tasting Menu and Wine Pairing

I am celebrating my 26th birthday next weekend and am looking to have a great tasting menu with fabulous wine pairings. I have been to Bazaar for my past two birthdays and although I love it, I want to try something different. I have been considering Melisse (I actually have reservations), but I am not sure if the $350 per person is going to be worth it.

There will be 4 - 6 people in our party. We are good friends with a sushi chef, so other than sushi I am open to anything, but prefer New American, French, or Italian.

Any thoughts?

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  1. In no particular order of preference ....


    The Royce



    1. ipse gave you 3 great options.

      other considerations:
      Scarpetta (i *think* they do personalized tasting menus on request)

      8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

      225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      1. Providence FOR SURE!!!!

        1. Providence is doing a "rollback" prices on tasting menus. It's either though June or starting in June, so you might want to check. But it's a wonderful restaurant, and at those prices....amazing.

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          1. re: perk

            Providence is the way to go, but make sure to skip the 5 course tasting menu and go with the next one up.
            if not, Hatfields is a decent bargain for their tasting menu (i consider it one of the better "budget" tasting menus)

            1. re: perk

              Discount only applies to the 5 course menu.

              9 course and chef's tasting prices remain unchanged.

            2. I love Melisse. Is the $350 for the carte blanche with wine pairings? I've never done that tasting, but given the quality of food at Melisse, I can't imagine it wouldn't be spectacular. Melisse does have other menus that are less expensive, which I believe can be paired with wines. Most of the other menus allow you to pick and choose items from the different menus (sometimes with supplements). I remember once having the four-course menu (appetizer, fish, meat, dessert) and we wanted to try the lobster bolognese, so they did that as a separate course. (We skipped the cheese course that night.)

              Spago's tasting menu also is fantastic and is less expensive than Melisse's. The last time we went, a friend made a special request that we get one course of the sweet corn agnolotti, which they did. And on a prior visit, we had the best rabbit dish I've ever had. Lee Hefter told us that he only got enough rabbit to use at weekend prix fixe dinners, and I plan on seeing if we can request a rabbit dish on my next visit.

              176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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              1. re: Jwsel

                Is the $350 for the carte blanche with wine pairings?


                Yes, although price varies.