Thursday, October 22, 2009

Way To Go, Spago!

We took advantage of Dine LA last Friday night at Spago in Beverly Hills. We were able to get a great table in the outdoor courtyard....has a great European vibe and a truly beautiful setting for a romantic evening.

With Wolfgang's amazing menu, we only hoped that the Dine LA menu would have some of their top dishes, which luckily, it did. Both my husband and I began with a mushroom raviolini made with a butter sage sauce topped with grated parmesan cheese. It was absolutely delicious and came together perfectly.
For my entree I went with the Pan-Roasted Casco Bay Cod with puree and ragout of gigante and cranberry beans, pancetta, wild mushrooms and mascarpone emulsion. It's rare to find a fish dish with so many flavors that isn't overpowering and this was certainly one of them. My husband ordered the Kurabuto Pork Chop with pear-ginger compote, stir fried green beans and confit of pork, Chinese 10 spice and port-licorice reduction. The normally dry pork chop was well prepared. The combination of the saltiness from the confit with the sweetness of the compote & reduction really brought out that sweet/savory sensation.
We ended up bringing a bottle of Realm 04 Bard, a bordeaux style blend that really worked well with the the pork (not so much the fish). I must say, we were truly impressed with the wine service as well. The stemware is fantastic and the sommmelier really knew his stuff.
The dessert was an apple crumble which is a fave of mine! I of coursed polished off the dish.

Overall, the meal was definitely worth the $44 per person 3-course menu. Too bad this deal doesn't run all the time! Think we would be regulars.
Spago Beverly Hills
176 N. Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills 90210

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