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The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

A little update on the Bazaar!

We opted for a drink at Bar Centro before dinner (Salt air margherita and a virgin something or other the bar tender made up for my Father who was driving). We moved to the restaurant proper and were seated right at the kitchen sharing a long banquet style table with two other pairs of diners. As it was the SLS' 4th anniversary they were offering $4 glasses of Cava, $4 Philly Cheese Steaks and $4 chocolate assortments. Obviously we had to take them up on all of these!

We shared eight dishes: (in order of presentation)
Olives, modern and traditional
Prawn cocktail
Caprese Salad
Rossejat
Chicken Wings
Carrot fritters
Braised beef cheeks
Philly Cheese Steak

Everything lived up to expectations! We moved to patisserie for some salt caramels and fleur de sel florentines which were delectable. The lemon poppy seed cupcake was the only marginal disappointment of the night.

(And yes, we had two winners at the Breeder's Cup!)

Nov 06, 2012
Miesque in Los Angeles Area

All-American treats for kids!

I'm Irish but live in America half of every year. Corn muffins sound a great idea for an American treat! Or anything pumpkin based - that's novel too.

Brownies, Apple Pie and Rice Krispie treats are well integrated into Irish food culture by now :)

Oct 26, 2012
Miesque in Home Cooking

The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

The molecular gastronomy is the aspect he enjoys (he's a scientist). His favourite local-ish restaurant is The Fat Duck.

Oct 14, 2012
Miesque in Los Angeles Area

The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

Well...booked Saam. Got a call yesterday to say that with the truffle season starting they would now be having a Truffle influenced tasting that night - $275pp. I've show my father Melisse and Providence to see if either of those take his fancy instead. If not we may just have dinner at The Bazaar.

Oct 12, 2012
Miesque in Los Angeles Area

The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

Thanks...fingers crossed! I'll report back after our trip.

Oct 12, 2012
Miesque in Los Angeles Area

The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

Thank you for all the help! I'll look into all the suggestions but it sounds like Saam will fit the bill.

lil mikey - We're staying at the Langham during the BC and have the Chef's Table booked for a corporate dinner (hopefully a celebratory one!)

Oct 08, 2012
Miesque in Los Angeles Area

The best Tasting Menu in LA for a special ocassion?

Hi, I'm a Chowhound newbie so please be gentle!

I'm looking for suggestions, hints and ideas on the best tasting menus in LA. My father is in LA on business and is staying on for the Breeder's Cup. I'll be in LA for the Breeder's Cup via work. We have 10/28-11/1 before the racing travelling and sight seeing. I'd like to treat him to a tasting menu somewhere one evening during that time.

I've been been looking through old threads and have seen suggestions for Melissé, Providence, Saam @ The Bazaar and Osteria Mozza. Some of the threads were older though and I know places can improve (or not) over time! So any fresh suggestions would be great. Budget wise about $500 total including tax and tip is the upper end of what I'd look at but less is always appreciated!

I'm leaning towards Saam for José Andrés' "Molecular Gastronomy" and associations with Ferran Andriá's El Bulli as that has always been a food Mecca for my father. Reviews seem to be very divided though?

Any help is gratefully recieved! Thanks.

Oct 07, 2012
Miesque in Los Angeles Area