A friend of mine (not a foodie) is planning a special dinner for a friend (who IS a foodie) who is coming to Los Angeles to celebrate a big birthday. He used to live here, and wants an L.A. experience--with very good food and a fun vibe. He keeps mentioning Michael Mina XIV to her (I guess he's read about it)....but it's my impression is that it's gone downhill. (I was there when it first opened.)
She wants me to recommend some places--I'm leaning toward Bazaar, Rivera or Playa....for scene and food.
Obviously, if it was just great food in an elegant atmosphere, I'd suggest Providence, Melisse or
Spago. (I'm guessing he's been to Spago.)
I don't think price or location is a concern.
What am I missing?
Thanks for your help.
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