I received an e-mail from a friend last night from Hong Kong. He is one of the greatest wine collectors on the planet, with a famous palate and great knowledge of the grape. And he is one of the most brilliant men I have met in my life.
Anyway, to make a short story even shorter, he asked me for the name of the best steak house in Los Angeles, as well as a few other recommendations. And here is what I wrote: "I suggest Cut in Beverly Hills for steak. It's the best right now. Otherwise, Mastro's and Craft are good as well. I love Sona, which is the best food in Los Angeles and has an amazing wine list. More casual is Comme Ça, which has the same owner as Sona. Osteria Mozza is excellent, although I almost prefer its more casual place—Pizzeria Mozza. And Il Grano is fabulous Italian (fish) that shouldn't be missed. Ask for the chef/owner Sal Marino. Mention my name. I also like Nikamura if you want Tokyo-quality sushi.”
I didn’t write my friend more than above, but I recently went to Palate in Glendale, which I thought was a blast. I loved the eclectic wine list and wonderful French bistro/California cuisine-style food. I also always try to have a few meals in the courtyard of Chateau Marmont, which has the best ambiance anywhere. For breakfast, I go to the Standard, Swingers or Du-par's. I used to go to Du-par's all the time as a boy when my grandfather owned the fish restaurant at the Farmer’s Market. He was one of the original shop owners at the Los Angeles landmark.
I also regularly go to Sea Harbour restaurant in Rosemead. It seems many of the L.A. top chefs and restaurant owners go to the family style Chinese restaurant, which reminds me of eateries on the water in the Hong Kong bay. I ran into Piero Selvaggio of Valentino’s and Hiro Urasawa of Urasawa when I was there in December. Urasawa's restaurant is SO expensive but SO, SO good! Can't afford to go there anymore.
I often pop into Melrose Bar & Grill for juicy spare ribs and a good bottle of reasonably priced, hard-to-find California red. And I like the burgers at the Apple Pan (my mom used to go there when she was a girl) and My Father’s Office in Santa Monica (but the organization is a disaster that verges on a zoo). Maybe the new one in the old Helm’s Bakery is better? Mexican, I go to El Carmen on Third Street (great tequila selection) or just a take-out at Pinche Taco on Sunset. But I eat Mexican at home when I am there in L.A. so I don’t go out for it much.
But there are so many more restaurants that I still want to try including Providence, Bastide, Animal and others. What are some of your favorites?
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