From hip Californian spots to Michelin-starred institutions, here's a list of restaurants in Los Angeles with must-try tasting menus for the foodie in you.
Put your trust in chef Niki Nakayama at this omakase-only Palms Japanese. The 13-course Kaiseki menu promises sashimi, a steamed and a grilled dish, as well as a meat course. The vegetarian tasting reinterprets the Kaiseki with vegetarian ingredients, many of which are plucked from the restaurant’s own garden ($185 Kaiseki menu, $160 vegetarian tasting, $85 optional wine pairing).
The tasting menus at this Michelin-starred French-American in Santa Monica are not to be taken lightly for the foodie set. Five-, ten-, and fifteen-course tasting menus start at $135 for five-courses. A vegetarian tasting menu is also for the meatless epicurean.
Though à la carte ordering is available at this haute Hollywood seafooder, the kitchen’s focus is on its prix fixe selections. Diners can order a menu of signature dishes, a market menu or a chef’s choice tasting menu, all of which are created for the pescatarian in you (tasting menus start at $100 for four courses).
Both the regular and vegetarian tasting menus at this Downtown French inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall reveal a mix of Californian and New American influences. Plates of braised shortrib, creamy goat cheese agnoletti pasta, and a peanut butter torte for dessert will evoke envy in diners who ordered à la carte ($150 regular tasting; $60/$85 vegetarian tasting).
Celebrity chef Curtis Stone creates an intimate nine course tasting experience that changes monthly. Each menu is inspired by a single seasonal ingredient which is then incorporated into each dish. The tasting price fluctuates based on the star ingredient, which, in the past, has included truffles, passion fruit and avocados.
Chef Josef Centeno creates a nightly six course tasting ($80) of Japanese-Italian fare, while offering a chef's choice omakase tasting ($120 for ten course, $225 for twenty course) with optional wine pairing.