Melisse on Saturday, Friday night??
Dear LA CH's, I would love your input for a Friday night dinner suggestion near the Four Season in BH. Saturday night we are going Melisse and I have a reservation for Friday at The Bazaar, but my dear husband is not sold on it. We would both agree on fantastic Italian or a great steak. I am also intrigued by the menu at Red Medicine. Thank you
Red Medicine vs Bazaar? It's a different experience too - Red Medicine is very casual (and a bit too noisy for me - and I usually don't mind loud restaurants). Bazaar isn't good, but a bit of a novelty. Loved it the first time (and went with a chef I was dating - she loved it too), the second time I went with a group (and another chef) and we we underwhelmed. If you go - get the tasting menu, ordering a few a la carte items might leave you hungry and wondering the bit deal is all about. Fun decor though. Fantastic Italian - the Italian restaurant in the Four Season is pretty good but I definitely prefer Mozza or Angelini Osteria. Red Medicine - IMHO - is more interesting than delicious, whereas Mozza or Angelini - is more delicious than interesting. For instance, I was at the 5x5 dinner last night - a charity testing menu where chefs from Bouchon, Melisse, Providence, Angelini, Ludo, Ink all contributed a course. The least "interesting" of the bunch was Angelini's homemade spaghetti chittara, alla norcina; pasta, sausage, spring truffles and parmagiano-reggiano - but it was the most satisfying. (Not to detract from the other dishes - all delicious!). Mozza or Angelini would be my votes over Bazaar and Red Medicine. But you will find many who adore R.M. If the menu intrigues you - then there's a good chance you'll be in that group.
Great steak: Maybe Jar on Beverly would suit you. It's solid, with no hype, just great chops.
Fantastic Italian: The board favorite would say to go to Scarpetta in Beverly Hills. But I prefer my hole-in-the-wall Cafe Angelino, which is super close to the Four Seasons (just east of the corner of Third & Robertson, on Third St.).
Melisse is in Santa Monica, which is a bit of a drive from Four Seasons BH, in case you weren't aware.
It is worth noting that Saam is a much different experience than Bazaar. It's in a separate, quieter room, and several of the courses are delicious versus just being novelty concepts. I think Saam is worth trying once in one's lifetime.
Either way, if you wanted to change it to Italian, I second the recs for Osteria Mozza and Angelini Osteria.