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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Celebrate Oktoberfest at Wirsthaus

Ladies quickly slip into your traditional Bavarian dirndls and men step into your leather lederhosen for a spirited Oktoberfest celebration with lively music, every Fri. and Sat. at Wirsthaus until October 8, 2011.

Finally, an authentic German restaurant with a beer garden, has opened in Los Angeles, serving hearty classic, comfort food in a friendly and lively atmosphere. The owner Bjoern Risse and his girlfriend Christy, the general manager run this place beautifully.

We admired the Spaten décor with hanging flags, as we peeked inside the new restaurant on La Brea. With only one table for two empty near the bar, we sat down and perused the menu.

All around us patrons were drinking huge liter steins of beer. We learned that last week the restaurant invited a member from the German Counsel, Michael Ott, to come by to tap the restaurant’s first ceremonial Oktoberfest keg of traditional Munich Hofbrau beer.

They offer almost twenty different beers on draft and at least 15 bottles of German beers. We opted to sample five different draft beers in 5 oz. glasses. It arrived on a wooden tray with the lightest colored beer, a Reissdorf Kolsch, next to it a Bitburger Premium and the last glass was a dark Weltenburger Dopplebock.

While deciding which of the eight appetizers to order, an adorable, Dolores Moore, walked inside with her red and white dirndl holding an accordion. She was the entertainment for the evening playing German songs enthusiastically. Throughout the evening she called out “Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi!” It’s a famous German drinking song saluting to good health.

Moore learned how to play the accordion at the age of five. She encouraged us all to lift our thick glass steins and sing aloud by calling out “Eins, zwei….g’suffa! In English, this translates to “One, two…cheers!”

We decided to order the Reibekuchon, six bite-size potato pancakes with mascarpone cheese and dollops of applesauce with a little sprig of dill. We also, ordered the Bretzel, a Bavarian pretzel with sweet yellow mustard. The mustard was heavenly. They serve it with their sausages too.

The menu lists 8 Hauptspeisens/Entrees. We ordered the Jaeger Schnitzel with sautéed breaded pork in a creamy wild mushroom sauce and a Geflugel Wurst, two large chicken sausages. Both are served with two side dishes. The choices include fried potatoes with or without bacon, mashed potatoes, fries with or without onions, potato salad, red cabbage, sauerkraut, cucumber salad or green salad. We tried the tangy red cabbage and potato salad.

The plates arrived filled with food. Not the healthiest meal in town, yet tasty, especially with a stein of beer.

Before leaving, we opted for a slice of homemade apple strudel. It was served warm with freshly cooked apples and a small side dish of cream.

Be sure to experience Wirsthaus during their Oktoberfest while the waitresses are still dressed in Bavarian clothing and the bartenders wear lederhosen and Bavarian Alpine hats.

Thursday nights at 8 p.m. they host “Around the World” ping-pong tournaments. Look for the paddles and ping-pong balls hanging up by the bar. Grab a stein of German beer and enjoy the friendly vibe.

Wirsthaus is open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. $ 345 N. La Brea Ave. (323)931-9291.