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Spago Beverly Hills report

Just Larry | Jan 27, 2003 08:43 AM

4 of us went to Spago Saturday night to celebrate a birthday. We were promptly seated in the more intimate and more refined room, not the main dining room and not the patio. Quiet, nice, beautiful. Waiter brought a wine list and gave me some time to decide. I selected a 98 Nebbiolo priced at $49.00, didn't seem like too big of a mark-up. Excellent wine. He gave us lots of time to decide on what to order. 2 of us has the beet and goat cheese app. It looks like a red and white Napoleon. Beautiful and deliscious. Birthday boy and I shared a Jewish Pizza. It is so simple but it is sooooooooo good. It is a pizza crust, spread with a cream cheese type topping and onion and a thin layer of excellent smoked salmon then a scattering of salmon caviar. Service was unhurried and excellent. For entrees we had a fresh pasta with wild mushrooms, a Big Ravioli entree, the Seared Blue Fin Tuna and I had the Foie Gras tasting. All of the entrees were fresh and perfectly prepared using excellent ingredients. My dish was amazing. It was served on a plate with 4 sections. One section has seared FG over a poached pear and blueberries in a blueberry sauce, one has seared FG over fresh peach in a wine reduction sauce, one was a slice of FG terrine on Brioche, last one was a Quenelle of FG and I can't remember what it was paired with but I do remember it being great. For dessert we were all pretty full so we shared a Kaisserschmarren, apparently it is a souffle batter cooked like pancakes. Sweet and light as a feather. It came served with fresh ripe strawberries and a sauce that tasted of strawberry and maybe a raspberry licquor. I also ordered a glass of Muscato de Asti. It is such a large portion that it was enough for 4 people. We also dipped into the birthday present that I brought. I infused figs with single malt Scotch and then dipped them in French bittersweet chocolate. I am afraid that I have become addicted. Evening was perfect in every respect. Bill was about $65.00 a person, 20% tip included. I am not aware of another restaurant that could satisfy 4 people with such divergent tastes so well. We were there for just under 3 hours and never once felt rushed. The waiter set the pace. This gets my highest reccomendation.

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