I took my wife to Spago (her first time, my fifth) for her birthday last night. Before going, I came to look for reports here and didn't find many (any? in the last year or two). So here goes... let me know if this is too much info, too little, whatever!
Our dinner (5 course tasting)
5 amuses bouches!
Tomato cracker (giant "goldfish" style) filled with salmon mousse w caviar
Oyster grilled with salsa and cream sauce
Pork belly macaron sprig of scallion (FANTASTIC!)
Spicy tuna tartar in caramel-pepper cone (love it every time I come to Spago)
Cucumber sorbet with green tea (palate cleanser)
Sweet corn agnolotti with shaved white truffles
Sushi tuna, white tail, other stuff... Okay not great sushi dish. Little too much acid for me.
Fish white cod with foam (bland, a little overcooked)
Beef two ways ny strip and short rib with bearnaise sauce and potato feullie (NY strip was perfect - Short rib had an objectionable spice to I that I couldn't place)
Salmon on (some kind of red) bean with wild mushrooms and mushroom foam. (delicious balance of a basic, hearty dish. Lots of Umami between the mushroom, salmon and beans)
Coconut pannacotta cotta, sorbet , and purple sweet rice. Slice of apple and a bit of caramel crisp (orgasmic)
I had a Nice Malbec, wife had a Bordeaux. Both were nice and balanced, went well with many of our dishes.
Malbec | Weinert, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina 2006 56
One of the great old-school wineries of Argentina, making delicious, ageworthy wines that belong on the dinner table
Bordeaux | Château Respide-Medeville, Graves, France 2010 16 /64
Black plums, loads of currants, and Dominican leaf tobacco. Cigar box, violets, lead, and the slightest hint of barnyard.
To me, Spago is still the king of LA. Others maybe more au courant, but Spago still does it for me. Service, style, and food (not in that order). Plus, my wife and I met Wolfgang Puck! We shook hands and he wished my wife a happy birthday. I wish she'd have let me take a photo with him. ;(
Oh, and who is saying that the prices are about 30% less than before the remodel?? We paid $125 for each tasting, and with wine (one glass each) water, tax and tip... Whew! we were over $200 each. Not 30% off prices I remember!