A New York Steakhouse in Los Angeles

By Carol & Joe Davis
Dining Detectives

We have roots in both Los Angeles and New York so the logical place to dine in Los Angeles would be a New York Steakhouse. Add to that, we were staying at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel downtown there was no better choice then go up the enclosed glass elevator from our comfortable 29th floor room to L.A. Prime on the 35th floor. We were immediately impressed by the panoramic views of the tall buildings in Los Angeles and the view of the hills. The décor in the restaurant is sleek and has both cozy, romantic booths and tables that all have spectacular views.

We ordered Perrier Sparkling Water, enjoyed the live French music and perused the menu. Our first course was the most outstanding Soup a L'Oignon Gratinee Onion Soup with gruyere cheese and baguette croutons that we had ever tasted! The appetizers were both delicious. The Escargots de Bourgogne were Burgundy Snails in shell with butter, parsley and garlic that were excellent and the Duo de Foie Gras Chaud et Froid which was Rougie pan seared Foie Gras served with brioche croutons, spinach and brandied wine sauce and foie gras tourchon served with brioche toast and caramelized pears was spectacular. We enjoyed the 2007 Raymond Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc which paired perfectly

A basket of five fresh and delicious breads including Lavash, Date Nut, Pretzel, Cheese and Chibata was soon at our table. We ordered Waiwera Sparkling water and looked at the menu. A cocktail is always a great way to unwind, so we ordered Martinis which arrived in wonderful oversized glasses. We particularly loved the Goose a l'orange made with Grey Goose vodka and tangerine and fresh lime juices. We settled in and enjoyed listening to the background music including classics from the 1940's which made us feel like we were in another place, at another time. We had noticed that they have a Premium Vodka Bar and decided to order a flight with recommendations from Bar Specialist Allen Aram. We tasted the Ed Hardy from France, Sonnema from Holland and Monopowa from Austria. We preferred the Sonnema which was smoother than the other two and the most to our liking with the interesting herbal infusion.

Our first course for dinner was their wonderful light Seafood Bisque. Next, we had the Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab salad with nori aioli, California avocado and Japanese cucumber relish. We also enjoyed the organic red and golden beet salad with blue cheese, candied pistachio, grapefruit garnish and sherry emulsion. It was pungent and light and we appreciated their flexibility in allowing us to have the blue cheese as a substitute for the standard goat cheese. A sorbet intermezzo helped cleanse the pallet before the main attraction.

We loved the bone-in Delmonico dry aged 24 ounce Rib Eye steak which came with roasted garlic and Daikon sprouts. The steak was medium rare as ordered and had a wonderful seasoning. The Wine list is impressive. We enjoyed the Duckhorn Decoy Meritage from the Napa Valley which paired perfectly with the steaks. A side of their luscious Creamed Corn off the cob was the perfect compliment to the fabulous steaks. Lingering and watching the sun set from our "above it all" 35th floor vantage point was perfect with a hot and strong Espresso. The Vanilla Panna Cotta in a citrus soup with mango and market berries for dessert was a perfect way to complete our memorable dining experience. L.A. Prime has it all. The Steaks, the View, the Sunset, the Service, the Cocktails. We can't wait to return for another fabulous dining experience. We love L. A..... Prime

L.A. Prime
404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071



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