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LA's great "new" small plates hot spot -- Spago (!)

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LA's great "new" small plates hot spot -- Spago (!)

Ciao Bob | Oct 22, 2012 01:32 PM

Three of us had a really great meal at new Spago last week.
Prices are down about 30%, plates are built for sharing - duh, ya think they are going for a younger crowd? The room is toned down color wise and seemed much less noisy.

The menu has gone global in many fresh exciting ways; the Austrian favorites of Puck's youth are, sadly, gone. Wolfgang has always been known for incorporating Asian elements into a Cal-Med base but the new menu seems far more Eastern leaning than ever. There is a even a nori-butter served with the breads.

The dishes I can recall:
Chino Ranch Salad (pretty much the same as always)
Octopus ceviche - great
Large spot prawns served with fried heads and a nori-butter sauce - delish
Jidori Chicken Breast & Leg Pastrami, Rye Crisp
Sweet White Summer Corn Agnolotti, Parmigiano Reggiano

The on-line menu mentions one of my favorite things he used to do, but they were not serving it last Thursday: "Whole Roasted Chinese Duck, Bao Buns, for the table"

All in all we enjoyed the evening more than we expected and found the changes promising...especially the lowered tariff. I do not know if they still do the tasting menu.
Worth a visit for sure.

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