Friday, January 29, 2010

One more week of Dine LA

One week down and one more to go of the now biannual Dine LA restaurant promotion. Participating restaurants offer a three course prix fixe menu at one of three price points that are a reduction from their usual menu price. This is a great opportunity to try a restaurant that might otherwise be beyond your usual price range, and to get a selection of food that goes beyond what you usually choose. I would rarely get an appetizer, main course and dessert but at these prices, it's worth the dietary splurge. And frankly, the restaurateurs tend to keep the portions reasonable; neither too skimpy nor too excessive. So you walk away feeling very satisfied but not overfed, and with a happy wallet.
We went to Palate Food & Wine last night and the meal was exceptional. The chef at Palate finds a way of making the food unpretentious, and yet, extremely sophisticated. Unusual flavor pairings leave you guessing at the recipe's ethnic origins but the combinations totally work. Go between Jan. 31 and Feb. 5 for the Dine LA deal. (Thanks to EaterLA for the photo)

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