dineLA starts on July 15 to July 26

dineLA_FacebookCover6Los Angeles’s vibrant dining scene has a record-setting list of over 330 participating in this 12-day dining event. Noteworthy newcomers include Silver Lake gastropub Black Hogg, Hollywood hotspot littlefork, Los Feliz stand-out MESSHALL and Abbott Kinney darling Willie Jane.

These new additions join Los Angeles’s most acclaimed chefs in showcasing the city’s best cuisine. dineLA’s Restaurant Week chefs Bryant Ng of The Spice Table, Suzanne Goin of Lucques, Tavern and The Larder at Burton Way, and from season five of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” Neal Fraser of BLD and Sang Yoon of Father’s Office and Lukshon, join with hundreds more in offering special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at three different price points – Lunch menus for $15/$20/$25 and Dinner menus for $25/$35/$45

Here are some of my favorites:
logoMr. C Beverly Hills
The Restaurant at Mr. C will offer specially priced prix fixe menu options for lunch and dinner featuring Cipriani signature dishes and Italian favorites.
$25 Lunch Menu includes Tomato soup with croutons with a rucola salad with cherry tomatoes and shaved Parmesan Mortadella and Cetriolini.

Main Course a choice of Homemade lightly baked green Tagliolini with veal ragu boneless chicken Spezzatino al curry served with mango chutney  or a Pan fried salmon with roasted peppers served with rice pilaf. Vegetarian option available upon request. Dessert is an Assortment of  Sorbetti for $25 per person, not including tax or gratuity.

$45 Dinner Menu includes Pasta e Fagioli, baby spinach salad with mushrooms and crispy bacon prosciutto cotto with mozzarella.

Main Course a choice of homemade lightly baked white Tagliolini with ham  or Chicken Spezzatino alla Pizzaiola served with rice pilaf or grilled Branzino served with Peperonata. Vegetarian option is available upon request. Dessert is Assorted Ice Cream. $45 per person, not including tax or gratuity. $20 per person for an optional wine pairing.

1224 Beverwil Dr  Los Angeles, CA 90035 – (310) 277-2800

Papilles

Enjoy a three-course dinner for $35. Start with a sweet corn Veloute or Weiser Farm melons with arugula and yogurt. Entrees include a nice piece of local sea bass with cannel inis with zucchini flowers and black garlic or Niman Ranch pork belly with coco beans, sweet corn and a stone fruit compote. Cheese and dessert finish the meal. 6221 Franklin Ave.  Los Angeles – (323) 871-2026.

Fig & Olive  dineLA (July 15 – 26)

Indulge in a prix-fixe seasonal summer menu by Chef Pascal during dineLA Summer Restaurant Week, available for lunch ($25 per person++) anddinner ($45 per person++). The three-course prix-fixe menus include French Riviera-inspired dishes such as: Beef Tartar; Lobster Samosas; Primavera Risotto; Lamb Skewers; Yellowfin Tuna a la Provençale; Berries and Cream on a French Waffle; and more.- 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood. For reservations, please call 310.360.9100

Cafe Pinot

Pinot Cafe 001Enjoy lunch or dinner next to the historic 1920’s Downtown LA’s landmark public library, surrounded by metropolitan skyline views, while sitting in a lovely garden setting. Inside the dining area offers floor to ceiling windows. Executive Chef Sydney C. Hunters III prepares a contemporary Californian-French menu featuring fresh, sophisticated dishes inspired by the farmers’ market as well as a daily rotisserie.downtown next to the Library Tower for $20. Dinner is $35 per person.  Choose one dish from the appetizer selection: Tomato Gazpacho with toasted almonds, cherry tomatoes, micro basil or Burrata with peperonata, sherry vinaigrette, pesto, arugula; or Albacore Sashimi with sushi rice, soy sauce sabayon, yuzu kosho, and daikon sprouts.

The Entrée Selections include: Corn Risotto with Mexican shrimp and baby corn; Jidori Chicken with Coq au vin garnish, pearl onions, button mushrooms, applewood smoked bacon, beurre rouge or Hanger Steak with creamy polenta, broccolini, in an au poivre sauce.

Finish with dessert selection includes – Carrot Cake with curry infused butte powder and a scoop of coconut ice cream or strawberries in a Rose water meringue and Chantilly cream. 700 w. fifth St. | 213 239 6500 | cafepinot.com

Cafe del Rey

Guests can Mediterranean-inspired dishes from Executive Chef Daniel Roberts while enjoying views of million dollar boats in the Marina del Rey harbor.

Select from three options for each three-course meal ($25 for lunch$45 for dinner) paired with special wine selections for an additional cost. Lunch ($25++): IMG_3140Grilled Tiger Shrimp with a curry cilantro marinade, quinoa, vegetable salad, and a harissa vinaigrette (Summerland 2011 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard Block O, Santa Maria Valley, California – $12) or Agnolotti of Sweet Corn with corn buerre fondue and roasted corn (Joell Gott 2011 Chardonnay, Unoaked, Monterey, Napa, Sonoma County, California – $14) or Poached Salmon Salad with butter lettuce, spring beans, fin herbs, watermelon radish, and a tarragon dressing (Estancia 2011 Pinot Grigio, California – $9). Finish with a Peach Upside Down Cake with ricotta ice cream, salted caramel and peach honey (Quady “Elysium”, Black Muscat – $16)

Dinner ($45++): Steamed Mussels with chorizo picante and kaffir lime leaves in a coconut curry broth with a grilled baguette (Simi 2011 Chardonnay, Sonoma County, California – $10)  Entree includes a Basted Salmon with carrot puree, baby carrots, snap peas, olive and herb orzo, and chard spring onion (Summerland 2011 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard Block O, Santa Maria Valley, California – $12) or Petit Chateau Filet with sautéed haricot vert, fine herbs, savory gruyère gougère and béarnaise (St. Supery 2006, Cabernet, Dollarhide, Limited Edition, Estate, Napa, California – $22). Finish with a  Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake with a strawberry Italian meringue and Meyer lemon syrup (Inniskillin 2008 “VQA” Niagara Peninsula, Canada – $29)** Additional cost for wine pairings, tax and gratuity not included.  CAFE del REY – 4451 Admiralty Way – Marina del Rey – 310.823.6395 – www.cafedelreymarina.com

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This wonderful wine lounge is offering a four-course dinner for $45. Start with a grapefruit and jicama salad. Sauteed brussels sprouts arrive with crimini mushrooms and lardon. The filet mignon is offered with fingerling potatoes. For those who prefer Diver scallops with roasted asparagus and a beet salad with goat cheese and pistachios, those options are available too. If your prefer vegan or vegetarian options, just let your server know your request. The owner, Edgar will personally pair each dish with wine. 320 S. La Brea, Los Angeles – Call 323.932.9500 

Here is a list of hotels with restaurants that are participating with dineLA. Stay at a participating hotel for two-nights or more, pay with an American Express card and get a $50 American Express gift card.

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A Sweet Ending at Gordon Ramsay’s – The London

The London in Los Angeles is home to     Michelin-rated Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant.  After a satisfying three course meal, we gazed at the dessert menu and opted for the pink lady apple tarte tartin. It’s one of their “serves two” sweet treats. Two plates arrived in a luscious brown butter caramel sauce, bathed softly in cooked apples on top of a chewy pastry crust. The vanilla bean ice cream accompanied this heavenly goody.

A great dessert to keep the memory of The London with you when you return home is the French Macaroons “To Go” package. These colorful sweet confectionary treats arrive in a tidy package. Since these meringue cookies are so light and airy, the luscious chocolate, almond and pistachio filling gives it a burst of sensuous flavors.

1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood (310)358-7788.