Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spago Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, CA
When someone mentions Wolfgang Puck, I usually think of his casual airport chain, which, admittedly I am usually not in much of a hurry for. His flagship Spago Beverly Hills, on the other hand, is a pretty serious restaurant in Los Angeles with two Michelin stars (hm..) and a loyal following. So, when I was in LA, I was curious to check out Spago and form my own opinion. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch on the patio on a sunny (per usual) LA day. We ordered the tasting menu and added two items a la carte.

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Tuna tartare in a sesame tuile with bonito flakes. The tuile was cloyingly sweet; the whole thing eaten together was a bit of a strange combination.

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Roasted Chino Farm's beet layer cake - warm sautéed goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts and shallot-citrus dressing

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Smoked sturgeon lemon herb blini

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Bacon confit gougère. Pretty tasty and addictive.

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Cucumber with roe

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Raw Nantucket bay scallops

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Sautéed Nantucket bay scallops, pickled ginger vinaigrette, Asian cabbage. Fresh scallops in both preparations; nothing too groundbreaking but good.

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Broiled langoustine with a side of pad thai (served tableside from a mini saucepan; elicited my chuckle)

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Marinated Kobe “Szechuan” steak - stir fried bok choy, choy sum and shiitake mushrooms. Pretty flavorful and tender steak, and the far east accoutrements surprisingly did not distract.

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However, this frivolous side of rice did.

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Hand-made agnolotti with foie gras and pork. Probably my favorite course; well done house made pasta with a surprisingly light and delicate filling.

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Grilled lamb chops with cauliflower puree and wine-black truffle reduction and shavings. The lamb was quite good, but the sauce overpowered all other ingredients.

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Warm fig compote, mandarin sorbet, grapefruit, creme fraiche, bent shortbread

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Twelve layer chocolate cake

The food at Spago is pretty fresh and tasty. Nothing was that standout but I'd return for good standard California cuisine fare. Not a 2 star establishment in my opinion, but the whole US system is puzzling to say the least.

Spago Beverly Hills
176 N Canon Dr,
Beverly Hills 90210

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd just love to wrap you up in my tuile.

-CC

3/27/2010 11:58 AM  
Anonymous secure tabs said...

Looks so delicious, but at the same time looks so little food in the plate.

11/14/2011 12:28 PM  
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I would like to have the chance of finish my career and become success chef , I like the presentation of these dishes !

11/21/2011 11:38 AM  

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