This Sunday, Dine LA Restaurant Week returns for its 5th Anniversary. For the next 2 weeks, except on Saturdays, you'll be able to enjoy 3 to 4-course meals at discounted prices (Lunch ranges from $16-28 with Dinners from $26-$44.)
Last year brought much change to the eating scene, and this year's Dine LA roster reflects it with newcomers like Bar + Kitchen, Bouchon (full review to come!), Fig & Olive (full review also to come!), and Playa.
Here's a list of what to order, so you don't look like a rookie if it's your first dine.
Bouchon – Quiche Florentine is on the set menu, and if it's anything like the Lorraine I indulged in over Christmas, then it'll be by far the fluffiest, creamiest, tallest quiche you ever tried. The Croque Madame is a ridiculously buttery New Years Resolution ruiner (i.e. it's a must share)
Fig & Olive – definitely up the ante and order the supplemental Crostinis that this restaurant is known for. The Roasted Bell Pepper, Ricotta & Caper is my favorite with sharp contrasts like spicy tangy vs. creamy cool. The Mushroom, Truffle Artichoke & Parmesan is tender 'n earthy. The Manchego, Fig & Marcona Almond is sweet 'n salty. And the Salmon, Ricotta, Citrus & Cilantro is light, zesty, and refreshing.
Ray's & Stark Bar – don't even think about splitting the Truffled Rice Stuffed Agnolotti with Hen of The Woods Mushrooms, Wild Arugula, Hazelnuts & Porcini Foam. It's small in portion, delicate, woodsy, and carbolicious.
Short Order – Ida's Old School Burger is not what it seems with spicy Horseradish vs. the creamy, tangy 'n pickley Thousand Island secret sauce you were expecting. Go for Nancy's Backyard Burger instead.
Waterloo & City – some dishes are fancified versions of old British classics, others are over complicated concoctions. The Fried Piquillo Pepper atop Tuna Tartare & Avocado Creme is definitely the latter – try it if you're feeling bold. The Sticky Toffee Pudding on the other hand has a sense of sophistication with a Salted Caramel twist.