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The 10 Most Epic Tasting Menus in LA (per Eater LA)

ipsedixit Jan 31, 2013 08:16 PM

1. Melisse
2. Providence
3. Patina
4. WP24
5. Wolfgang Puck at HBA
6. Urasawa
7. Red Medicine
8. Valentino
9. Zo
10. n/naka

I think Urasawa is way too low on the list. No way the TMs at the two Wolfpuck joints are more "epic".


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  1. Porthos Jan 31, 2013 08:48 PM

    Absurd Urasawa is so low if we are talking "epic" tasting. Only twice as much and more as Melisse's Carte Blanche. Details details.

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    1. re: Porthos
      foodiemahoodie Feb 1, 2013 01:53 AM

      Twice as much and more? Something missing in there?

      1. re: foodiemahoodie
        Porthos Feb 1, 2013 07:41 AM

        Carte Blanche is $210-$250 Urasawa is around $350-$400. Carte Blanche is 12-14 courses. Urasawa is "much more" :-)

        1. re: Porthos
          ipsedixit Feb 1, 2013 07:46 AM

          I don't care about prices or number of courses, when I think "epic" and "tasting menu" and "Los Angeles" my mind immediately thinks to Urasawa.

          It's like when someone says "xiao long bao" my mind immediately thinks "not dumplings" ... oh, wait, nevermind.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Porthos Feb 1, 2013 07:48 AM


            Some xiao long bao resemble more bao (J&J) and some resemble more dumplings (DTF)...here we go again ;)

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      foodiemahoodie Feb 1, 2013 01:52 AM

      What? No Mori?

      I've only been to Zo for lunch - but it's all sushi.

      Is the Omakase any different in the evening?

      If not, Mori should be up there.

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      1. re: foodiemahoodie
        Porthos Feb 1, 2013 07:45 AM

        Completely agree. Mori should be there if Zo is. And higher up if you count the cooked dishes at Mori.

        And that's why these things can't be taken seriously. Just one writer's opinion. Probably didn't want Urasawa as #1 on both lists. Maybe has never been to Mori or likes more sauce on his/her sushi. Who knows.

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        foodiemahoodie Feb 1, 2013 01:55 AM

        I'd move n/naka up to #3.

        1. J.L. Feb 1, 2013 02:47 PM

          I know it's subjective, but Wolfgang is on the list Twice? And both above Urasawa? The list either poorly researched, or someone got paid.

          Patina hasn't been relevant in my book for quite some time now.

          n/naka deserves to be in the top 5.

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          1. re: J.L.
            foodiemahoodie Feb 1, 2013 03:11 PM

            J.L. - have you done a recent tasting menu at either Puck place?

            I haven't. Not in 4-5 years.

            There's a tendency to dismiss them, but that might be a mistake. I have been to Patina, Spago, WP24 and the Bel Air place in the past year, but no tasting menus. However, I was a little disappointed at all four, so I'm reluctant to chance a tasting menu.

            I did try a tasting men at Valentino about a year ago - and that was almost depressing. Everything went wrong. Food, service, and being put in a room where a door slammed (somewhat) around 20 times a minute. I see Lizziee's posts at the wine bar wonder how they could be the same restaurant. (and this was the worst of the last three tastings there.) I know the place can be a bit hit or miss depending on which chef is in or out in the kitchen. But it shouldn't be that way.

            1. re: foodiemahoodie
              J.L. Feb 1, 2013 05:18 PM

              I actually have had dinner at several Puck eateries within the last year! (I wouldn't comment on it if I hadn't been recently.) I've been to WP24 (business dinner) in the last 6 months, and Spago (again, business) within the last 4 months. WP24 hasn't changed much since I wrote it up a few years back during grand opening, and Spago has lost its previous "je-ne-sais-quoi" wow factor, with the recent tweaks to the menu. Chef Yahagi is indeed talented, but the California-ness of the new Spago menu seems to hold his true cooking skills back somewhat.

              We even did the Hotel Bel Air twice in the last year (even participating in the one-night only menu with Alain Ducasse - see my crappy photo). The Hotel Bel Air is currently Puck's best restaurant in L.A. (not Spago), but even so, it's not in the top 5 tasting menus of L.A, in my book...

            2. re: J.L.
              ipsedixit Feb 1, 2013 05:39 PM

              I personally think Patina is underrated.

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