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Visiting LA - Help Me Dot i's

Estufarian | Dec 28, 200102:53 AM     46

I'm visiting L.A. the first week in January and have reviewed the various recommendations on this board over the past few months. I'd like advice to help make my final choice.
In Toronto we have excellent ethnic cuisines and restaurants, so want to try things I can't get at home - as well as one blow out.
I'll probably be staying somewhere in West L.A. but will choose a last-minute internet offer.

I've tentatively selected the following in the 'interesting and not available in Toronto' category:

Guelaguetza
Typhoon

Moving upscale, my limit (for two including wine) is about $300 US (Cdn dollars don't go as far these days), although I will exceed that if it's spectacular. My favorite meals for each of the last 3 years have been tasting menus - even better if different wine is poured with each course. On previous L.A. trips, my favourite overall was at Citrus - but that was about 6 years ago. Other good meals were at Chinois (the lobster was outstanding, and the rest was OK) and Matsuhisa, which offered several different tasting menus, so we could try about a dozen different dishes between us. Patina gave us a terrible table and the servers ignored us. Rockenwagner was OK but nothing special. And Campanile was the most disappointing - not my kind of comfort food.

So here's the candidates that I've gleaned so far - additions welcome, but remember I want something that I can't get in Toronto.

Josies
Luques
Melisse
Spago, Beverly Hills

Thanks in advance for your input.

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