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Most memorable meal of 2012?

I suppose it's that time of the year again.

Mine was probably at Sotto.

I still think about the calzone and those piggy cheeks. Yum.

You?

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  1. Craft. Had never been till this year. Wonderful food and maybe the best service I've ever had in Los Angeles. One of those rare meals where everything was perfect. Highly recommended.

    Second place Son of A Gun. Creative, fun and oh so tasty.

    1. 4 way tie between Red Medicine, Sotto, Shunji, and grand cru white burgundy dinner at n/naka.

      1. Tie: Yamakase, n/naka & Shunji.

        1. Hm. Have a few...

          There was a great meal at Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas, but over-shadowed by the bill, which was down right stupendous. At half the price it would've still been very expensive.

          Had great meals at Melisse and Providence, but excellence is to be expected.

          n/naka was the biggest surprise and a extremely satisfying one at that, so adding the new-ness factor that might have to get the vote.

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          1. re: foodiemahoodie

            Going back to Joel Robuchon next week. Will be my 3rd or 4th visit. Not looking forward to the food as much as I am looking forward to the wine list, bread cart, and chocolate cart. When offered, the caviar amuse is the star. I find the food itself good but not great or mind blowing.

            1. re: Porthos

              Have you tried E by Jose Andres? I had a fabulous meal there last month. At half the price of JR, it's a steal.

              1. re: Porthos

                Bread cart is great, but that's an awfully steep price to pay for bread and a rather remarkably priced wine list when you're not all that impressed with the food.

                When was the last time you were there?

                1. re: foodiemahoodie

                  Secabeen have not tried E but over dosed on Bazaar and Saam. Have absolutely no desire to try that cuisine.

                  Foodiemahoodie. Last visit was last year. Wine list is horribly priced but their selection I cannot get in LA. Which is why I get only the 4 course menu now so I can focus on the wine, bread, cheese, and chocolate carts.

                  1. re: foodiemahoodie

                    Was much more impressed with the food this time. Probably because many of the dishes we ordered had truffles and more truffles on it. However, it was still not as thrilling and unique as my first visits to Red Medicine, Sotto, n/naka, and Shunji.

                    Wines and bread cart were again the stars.

              2. Lucques at a private party in the garden. Course after course of superb food. The best meals all year have been at Lucques. Consistently excellent.