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Apr 13, 2013 03:58 PM

Best Fine Dining in LA

My husband and I are in a dining rut and looking to branch from our usual favorites. We are regulars at Mozza, Hatfields, The Foundry and places like that. Looking for something different. Maybe new? Maybe an old favorite. Thinking about Cooks County or WP24

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    1. re: Thor123

      Sotto's probably too casual for them lol.

      1. re: wienermobile

        We had an excellent family dinner at Craft recently. Great food and excellent service.

        I love Chinois on Main. With just two you could order just one large dish (the grilled szechwan beef filet or the catfish deepfried with ponzu) or just stick with the smaller dishes (don't miss the lamb stirfried in radicchio cups). Bold flavors, everything served to share with an abundance of herb and baby lettuce accompaniments with wonderful sauces.

        Gjelina, on the patio. Two may be too few. May have to skip sharing a thin blistered-crust pizza -- I love the lamb sausage. The pork belly with polenta and greens is a fantastic dish. Veggies from the woodburning oven. Maybe a salad -- calling it that is underestimating it. Got to finish with the butterscotch pot de creme with salt -- better than the budino at Mozza in my experience.

        1. re: nosh

          I love Gjelina but I don't consider it fine dining.

          1. re: nosh

            Chinois, another place with good food, but can't get past the dated interior anymore...

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Disagree. They were doing small and large shared plates long before everyone else was. Their baby lettuce/herb accompaniments are huge now -- they were among the first. Their open kitchen is entertaining, and their service is excellent.

                I come away from a meal at Chinois elated and satisfied, as opposed to a lot of the hottest places feeling a bit "used" -- higher check for lesser quality/quantity/satisfaction.

                1. re: nosh

                  You might as well go to Yang Chow and get a lower check for better quality/quantity/satisfaction.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  "The food is also dated"

                  That's what some people used to say about Trader Vic's in BH.
                  We lost one of the *greats* with nothing new to replace it.
                  'Dated' is a subjective term for this icon, obviously.
                  If Chinois is 'dated' then I like dated.
                  I like the dated fried rice and the dated catfish and the dated bar with the dated drinks.

              2. re: nosh

                i love the catfish at chinois, but it's size has decreased over the years.
                would not call it a "large dish" anymore.

            1. Have you been to Providence? Melisse?

              1. We have been to Providence and Melisse, looking for something new

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                1. re: PrincessaMel1976

                  Saddle Peak Lodge? Urasawa? Yamakase? n/naka? Patina?

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    The game meats at Saddle Peak Lodge are wonderful. Love that elk tenderloin.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      n/naka is my all time favorite restaurant in the LA area, and Patina is wonderful as well. Service at both of these places put Melisse and possibly Providence to shame...

                  2. Given your list of, "already-beens", I strongly suggest Il Grano. Frankly, my second favorite restaurant in the city after Melisse.

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                    1. re: whiner

                      Totally agree about Il Grano, one of the most underrated fine dining restaurants in town. Especially if you like seafood; Sal heads downtown to buy fish with the sushi chefs every morning.