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Aug 23, 2012 10:17 AM

Petrossian, Papilles, or Patina?

Hi Hounds!

Friend of mine and I are getting together for the first time in a year.

Used to go out to eat at least once a month (Providence, Bastide, LQ@SK, The Gorbals, Red Medicine, Hatfield's, Sona, Bashan, Ink... you get the picture). Usually ordering a tasting menu with wine pairings...
I've been given the assignment of finding a place that begins with the letter "P" (don't ask, long story). Those listed in the header are the top 3, in very different styles, I could come up with that meet our usual requirements.

Any recommendations from the above - or alternative "P" restos? - and, yes we've been to Providence and as Rivera was one of our last meals together, I'd prefer to skip Playa this time around.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. The Parish, new gastropub in downtown LA, from the team (chef/bartender) of Tasting Kitchen. Great food and drinks, although no formal tasting menu with pairing.

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    1. re: zack

      Thanks for the suggestion.
      Will be checking them out soon but really do need the tasting menu w/ pairing for this go around...

      1. re: FranklinJefferson

        Interesting, 3 "P" restaurants that all very enjoyable. It comes down to price, room, and execution?

        Papilles is a very bistro'y kinda place, think converted pizza parlor w/ minimal decor. It's also the cheapest out of the 3. The chef was an ex-cook at Patina so it's solid Frenchy food priced reasonably (~$37/pp) with a somm/owner who is heavily into French natural wine. Be mindful the course choices are NOT abundant, and they don't exceed 3 courses.

        A tasting menu + wine pairing at Patina can run well over $200/pp -- beautiful execution and a very serious dining room.

        Petrossian straddles the 2. Wellman's cooking is very enjoyable and unfussy. Don't know about its wine pairing capabilities.

        Probably choose between Papilles or Patina, depending on budget? Hope that's helpful.

        1. re: TonyC

          i read this with tears of joy in my eyes.

          1. re: linus

            Reported to my friend that it was a competition between "Left Bank" (Papilles) and "Right Bank" (Petrossian) w/ a 4-Star Continental thrown in as the easy compromise...
            Ant further thoughts?
            The expense account is not an issue, merely the experience.

            1. re: FranklinJefferson

              Lizziee has reported back with some very impressive looking meals at Petrossian. Almost looks like a true chef's spontanée in some instances.

              Maybe you could inquire about a tasting with wine pairing or request a tasting and do your own wine pairing.


              1. re: Porthos

                I know, I know- old thread. But... everyone knows about the caviar "classes" at Petrossian, right? The "301" class on the third week of the month is something like 12+ courses of top-flight caviar paired with Champagne...

                1. re: jdwdeville

                  how much does that cost ? for the 12 courser and champaggin ?

                  1. re: jdwdeville

                    Did that last month. Not just champagne....but also caviar cocktails and/or flights of cold vodka. It was really lovely. I didn't don't know the cost. But think it was $125 or $175. That includes several courses of food.....tastes of about a dozen caviars.....and two alcoholic beverages.

      2. I can't speak to the other two, but I really love Papilles. It's my go-to place right now. Great food at a good value. Nothing quite like it around.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Thanks ipsedixit. Any basis of support for this recommendation... I noticed you appear to be a barrister so I was hoping for more evidence. ;)

            1. re: FranklinJefferson

              Patina, in my opinion, is one of top 5 restaurants in LA. For one reason or another, people on this board really hate Patina, but I have never had a bad experience there (beginning when they were in their old location in Hollywood and to now in the Disney Concert Hall). Excellent service, superb wine list and sommelier, fantastic and inventive food. Win-win.

              Of the three restaurants on your list, Patina is head and shoulders above the other 2, with Papilles bringing up the rear.

          2. Well, you might find alternative ideas on this roster of additional places beginning with the letter P:
            Post & Beam, Pace, Pacific Dining Car, Palm, Palmeri Brentwood, Parkway Grill, Piccolo Paradiso, Piccolo Ristorante, and if in Sherman Oaks, Panzanella.

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            1. re: carter

              Tried Papilles last night, using a BBE code, at the request of the Francophile Woman In The Hat.

              1. It is un-atmospheric as heck, and I'm someone who notoriously doesn't think you can eat the ambiance. They need to get their HVAC squared away, since both their (window unit, mounted above the door, like at Spicy Thai BBQ) a/c and their stove hood seemed to be quite anemic last night, compelling them to leave the front door open; front door faces Franklin Bl. at the foot of the on-ramp to the NB 101, so ambient traffic sound at 7:00 pm is substantial.


              that means you're going to have a very hard time finding food of this level, at these prices, in a place which pays substantially more rent.

              I'd like a LITTLE more choice on the menu; since WITH and I don't eat mammals, our ONLY choices were as to dessert/cheese and wines.

              But with those caveats, definitely worth a visit.

              1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                who's the francophile woman in the hat ?

            2. The resurrection of this thread begs the question: how did the "P" Party Playout, FJ?