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May 5, 2012 05:26 PM

20th Wedding Anniversary - Need recs for something truly special.

We are big foodies and wine aficionados and have been to pretty much every top restaurant in LA and have experienced many a tasting menu here and worldwide. For our 20th, we want to do something very special. We don't just want to pick a fancy restaurant, the experience must be unique in some way. A special chef's tasting menu in the restaurant's kitchen that is not typically offered to the public would be one way to go, but I am open to any/all other suggestions. Not worried about cost, but we are also not going to do something unnecessarily extravagant like getting a pound of beluga or whatnot. The right thing should be the penultimate foodie/wine experience in an exciting and ideally romantic setting. Something well beyond the tasting menu at providence or Saam. If you guys can't help me we are just going to do French Laundry or Joel Rubuchon, but that seems so cliche, and we really want to stay in Los Angeles. We will consider any kind of food, but our favorite restaurants in LA right now are N-Naka and Capo. Love Seafood, Japanese, and Mediterranean. Our favorite restaurants of all time are Alinea in Chicago and Paul Bocuse in Lyon. Big fans of Quince and Coi in SF as well. Ideas?

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  1. This may be something you've already thought of...and disregrded....but couldn't you have any of your favorite chefs cook a private dinner for you? I would think you could do a lovely hotel suite and have the chef come to you.

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    1. re: perk

      I like Perk's way of thinking. One idea may be to book a suite at the Montage (I visited one recently, and it was gorgeous) and have Scarpetta serve you a course by course meal in your suite. No concerns about driving afterwards and you can even arrange to take a walk between courses. I believe that they would be amenable to this. Congratulations!

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      1. You didn't mention if you've ever been to Urasawa, that would be my suggestion. Melisse with special pre-arrangement (for true carte blanche) is another idea. Although Providence was nixed, it does have a chef's table with view to kitchen and may request to go beyond the regular chef's tasting. Same for Patina.

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        1. re: zack

          Looking at OP's CH profile, it seems wasabica's been to Urasawa already.

          1. re: zack

            Yeah, I second zack's Carte Blanche at Melisse suggestion. Outside of Per Se, it's my favorite restaurant in the country. And they have a small private dining room.

            1. re: degustingdiary

              Some other friends suggested Melisse Carte Blanche as well. That does seem to fit my request. I will look into it, thanks

              1. re: wasabica

                If you do decide to go with Melisse, I'd recommend a tableside preparation.

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            1. Folks, a gentle reminder to keep your responses focused on the L.A. area. Discussing Tokyo and Monterey is off topic for this board, but more to the point, wasabica is asking everyone to "stay in Los Angeles." Thanks!