This is the place to beat in LA period. Was there Dec. 23 and had our usual incredible dining experience. White truffle ravioli was not as good as last year, but that's because the truffles aren't as good. The dish was executed perfectly.
Best quail I've ever tasted with a superb, but not over done reduction and an incredible vegetable timbal that was nothing short of inspired. White fish cooked perfectly and an amazing salad with a Taleggio cheese dressing that I haven't stopped tasting.
Yes, you can spend a billion dollars on wine here, but ask the staff to recommend something for $50 and you get amazing stuff. If you want service that hovers over you and constantly asking for your approval, go to Denny's. This is a class act and worthy of diners who know the difference.
Valentino (Santa Monica)
3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405