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Looking for the best Risotto dish in Los Angeles!

Saffron, truffles, lobster, squid ink, crab... Decadent or very simple.... Looking for an amazing risotto in Los Angeles!

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  1. Try the uni risotto at Blue Marlin on Sawtelle.

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    1. re: J.L.

      How about a culinary cousin? Uni congee from Red Medicine! Highly recommended.

      I hear the black truffle risotto at Fraiche is pretty good (haven't tried it myself), and I don't know how long it's going for but their secret menu (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...) to bid adieu to their Culver City location has it discounted from $30 to $22.

    2. There was a very good truffle risotto at Providence....but it was during the winter.

      1. If you find yourself in Highland Park, or not too far away, Maximiliano does a couple of risottos that are truly decadent. 5900 block of York Blvd. Their mushroom version is sensational, and I am not a big fan of mushrooms.

        1. Truffle risotto at Maison Giraud. They don't have it all the time, but as a lover of truffle risotto - this was one of the best I've ever had. They make it with tetes de Moine (and reggiano parm) - which is kind of funky cheese that goes perfectly with truffles. Call first to see if (or when) they have it.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Absolutely, Valentino! If anyone will get it right, Valentino will. Good call, ipsedixit.

              1. re: maudies5

                The best risotto I've ever had was at Valentino.

            2. Thanks everyone for the great suggestions! I knew the Chowhounds wouldn't let me down! I had the squid ink risotto at Valentinos and it was pretty amazing!

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              1. re: Hammer19

                And probably the least interesting risotto in my mind or tastebuds.
                So if you like the Valentino preparation, think of what the other recommendations migh offer in some other format.
                As I see it, you can have all the squid ink on the planet, and it is still squid ink.

                1. re: carter

                  Some people find the mild brinyness off putting as well as the color. I found the presentation interesting and enjoyed the flavor.... But palates vary in personal preferences.... As with Uni.... Some people love it and others hate it!

                  1. re: Hammer19

                    I've made uni risotto for dinner parties - people who like uni - loved it. Whereas one guest wouldn't touch it. (and she hasn't been invited back).

                    Tried the uni risotto at Blue Marlin - I didn't like it at all. (but the portions were generous). Whereas the uni sweetened with melon at Sam's (W. Channel, Santa Monica Canyon) is downright craveable.