Serious gourmets can argue for hours whether the quality and variety of food available is better in Los Angeles or New York. Leaving this subjective issue aside I shall tackle another, the best restaurants in LA. This is, of course, a matter of opinion and one which changes very quickly. But here are my top five restaurants in LA:
A.O.C. is a wine bar and restaurant located on West 3rd Street. It is a great place to get together with friends. The menus are not comprehensive but they pack a lot of high quality food into them. The fish is particularly good. The restaurant is quite small with a modern decor that acts as a catalyst for good conversation although booking ahead is advisable, especially for larger groups. A.O.C. is open every day of the week but only in the evenings, therefore lunch bookings are not possible.
The Katsuya chain my lack the unique charm of some restaurants, but it makes up for that with good food and drinks in evocative surroundings. The food is Japanese with certain fusion elements but the recommended speciality is sushi. Look online to find the restaurant most convenient for you.
There is a pretentiousness running through the Spago Beverly Hills, the self-styled ‘flagship restaurant of the Wolfgang Puck fine dining group’. Thankfully for all concerned Spago can pull this off very nicely, combining menu, decor and service into a sublime gastronomic encounter. Best experienced by small groups of close friends or couples, the menu repays a sense of adventure with epicurean dividends and the helpful staff will always be willing to help you find an appropriate wine.
Comme Ça is a French modern style restaurant that also has a branch in Las Vegas. Visitors shouldn’t hold this against it however, as the entrepreneurial chef David Myers has spent much fruitful effort coming close to perfecting his trade, including time spent working and learning in France. Comme Ça aims to have ‘heart and soul’ which can make a pleasant change from many establishments in LA which lack both. The menu is simple yet very well done and the cellar and cocktail bar are impressive. This is almost guaranteed to be a great evening out with friends.
Bouchon Bistro is the kind of place you will want to take your parents in law. It has a solid conservatism which means that adventure is out but soothing traditional decor and a predictable but excellently conceived menu is in. The owners claim to be aiming for a reproduction of the energy and charm of small family bistros in France and yet seem to have altered this model for the LA customer to almost entirely exclude the personal touches that make those places so special.
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