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Mar 10, 2014 06:20 PM

Best Prix Fixe w Wine Pairing - LA or OC

My friend wants to go to a nice dinner in a few weeks to celebrate. She wants to do a prix fixe w wine pairing. She wants something higher end like Melisse or Providence. I don't want to spend the money or the 3 hours right now.

What are some other lesser priced options? Off the top of my head I'm considering
Taco Mario
Red Medicine
Osteria Mozza

Orsa & Winston and Bestia booked. Anything else I'm missing?

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  1. What's your budget?

    One way to cut the price of Melisse is to share 1 wine pairing. I did that once - and we still both got drunk.

    Alma downtown has a more casual approach to this. A 5 course meal for $65, plus $35 for wine pairing. That might target your objective quite nicely.

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    1. re: foodiemahoodie

      Another vote for Alma.

      If Alma looks suitable, might also consider Allumette.

      1. re: foodiemahoodie

        Good point to share a pairing at Melisse. And Brian is one of the best somms in LA. He does fantastic pairings.

        1. re: foodiemahoodie

          You can split wine pairings? Is that common practice at places that offer them?

        2. LQ in Pasadena if the timing matches. Maude.

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          1. re: JAB

            Though I am a huge fan of DomaineLA and LQ, the pairings have never worked for me. Not last weekend either.

          2. I was at Alma recently. Loved the food, but found the wine pairing really uninspired. Thought they were interesting, somewhat obscure wines....that just didn't go well with the food. Felt that way about every course but one. And I didn't pay, but I don't think it was $35 for the pairing. But I might be wrong about that. I just remember my friend saying the cost was about the same as Trois Mec. And we had the premium wine pairing there.

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            1. re: perk

              Agree. Our last wine pairing there was a bit of miss, though the wines by themselves were quite nice unlike many pairings we've done.

              1. re: revets2

                I thought so too revets2. It's not that I disliked the wines. I just thought they weren't paired with the food very successfully.

              1. re: Ipso Facto

                Good idea too. Keep forgetting about Bashan.

                1. I think you've got it. You should really go to Taco Maria though.

                  There aren't many tasting menu options in LA.

                  Only other place to put on your list is, maybe, Allumette.

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                  1. re: BacoMan

                    The pairing at Taco Maria is usually pretty strong.