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Unique/Impressive Dinner Experience in Los Angeles

Although Patina is far from unique in any way the evening is a good choice.

Feb 09, 2013
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

Unique/Impressive Dinner Experience in Los Angeles

No way is Saddle Peak worth the drive even if you could walk it.

Feb 09, 2013
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

Unique/Impressive Dinner Experience in Los Angeles

Where did you go??

Feb 09, 2013
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

Quenelles in los angeles

Last good Quenelle (nantua) I had was at Rostang in Paris. Please, if you get any recommendations please let me know. Years ago Chaya Brasserie had great lobster ravioli. Do you have any places you love for that. Thanks, Anubis

Feb 09, 2013
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

La Paella Restaurant - the real deal

I agree with your initial review on the paella. Really too expensive to try again on inexpert opinions. Let me know if you go. I'll return the favor some day.

Mar 17, 2012
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner tonight in (or near) Beverly Hills

I'm afraid that the place you suggest does not exist except maybe at a a 2 star Michelin in Paris. You might enjoy Ingrid on Big Santa Monica Blvd. It is walking distance from your hotel. Good food, amateur service but nice people at "reasonable" prices. Small funky place. Enjoy.

Mar 17, 2012
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

Hoboken, next door to Matteo's

Great meatballs and spaghetti, clams in white clam sauce, most pastas. Depressed manager with silly service. Paper napkins all at a very high price. Not a value.

Dec 10, 2011
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

Christmas in Vegas

I foiund Red Square awful. Bad service, OK food at high prices. As Russian domestic caviar. Place to avoid. Aureole , Mandalay's upscale restaurant, is the most ovefrated high priced jolint in town. That's saying a lot.

Dec 08, 2011
alf1052 in Las Vegas

Questions about L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon cost and seating options

A great meal for 6, properly done, @ Roubochon will run at least $200PP. No way it is worth it. Try Pamplemousse on Sahara. Been there about 40 years. Old fashioned and very good old fashioned French meny. Try the duck. Less than $500PP with wine.

Dec 08, 2011
alf1052 in Las Vegas

Cassoulet

Grazi!!

Dec 08, 2011
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

Cassoulet in Paris

Thoumieux, the best cassoulet ever is no more.

Dec 07, 2011
alf1052 in France

Cassoulet

Need a cassoulet fix on the west side. Send info and confit A/S/A/P

Dec 07, 2011
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

Le Reminet : What a sorry state of affairs..............

An unprofessional owner is inexcusable. It is not your duty to repair the mistakes of others. I will be in Paris next month and will not dine at Le Reminet. Sorry, but thank you.
What restaurant(s) did you love?

Sep 07, 2009
alf1052 in France

Cassoulet in Paris

For 25 years we have eaten @ Thoumieux. We have only eaten the duck confit and the cassoulet and absolutely loved it. I am therefore disappointed to read all the negative reviews. I knew the owner and his son, the chef. I am surprised that it has been sold it was in the family for generations. Will try Violin as suggested further down.

Jun 24, 2009
alf1052 in France

German Restaurants in Los Angeles?

You are close to right. There are only a few German restaurants in NY, none of thgem will replace Luchow's.
The onlu upscale German we had was The Black Forest in Santa Monica. Nothing here now. I pine for a GOOD Holsteiner schnitzel like I used to get in Bamberg in my youth.

Dec 12, 2008
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

German Restaurants in Los Angeles?

This is really a joint. Food is adequate @ best.

Dec 12, 2008
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

I want to try Foi Gras but I don't know where to try it

Everyone calls what they serve Fois Gras. However 99% of the time it is duck liver. Not bad but nowhere the sweet cloying tast of goose liver which is real fois gras. It is great but a heart attack on a plate. Some places get fois gras prices dor duck liver as they do for domestic caviar.

Dec 12, 2008
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

Cafe Pinot

Agree. Can't believe they are so sucessful. Putting there name on the joint in the plaza @ the Music Center shows how much respect they have for anyone.

Dec 12, 2008
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

high end dining in LA?

absolutely low value. Incredible that Michelin gave Melisse 3 stars. I would not give them 1.

Dec 12, 2008
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

high end dining in LA?

All are terribly overrtaedand expensive. The service is simply not good enough for the price. I loved the schnitzel @ Spago. Added an egg and anchovies and voila der Holsteiner.

Dec 12, 2008
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area

Good Cassoulet in L.A. or too bad no way?

They serve cassoulet all year in Paris. Thoumieux is famous for it. The chef @ Mimosa won't do it until it's COLD. I've tried for the past few weeks. I'm trying Mimmi tonight at this sites recommendation. Hope spring eternal. I might settle for a great Paella if anyone knows where to get it.

Dec 12, 2008
alf1052 in Los Angeles Area