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L.A. Prime


itting on the 35th floor of the world-famous Westin Bonaventure hotel in Downtown Los Angeles’ Financial District, L.A. Prime is a restaurant that never fails to impress. The dining room is an elegant oasis, and sweeping windows offer views that stretch to the north and west, capturing both the mountains and the urban sprawl that define Los Angeles. L.A. Prime is particularly beautiful as the sun sets and the city’s lights come alive, setting the mood in a dining room that is both elegant and comfortable. The main draw at L.A. Prime is the menu of USDA-certified prime beef and fresh seafood, all prepared with refined cooking technique and paired with attentive service from an experienced waitsaff. Executive chef

remoulade sauce or escargots served in their shells, spilling over with melted garlic-parsley butter (be sure to dip your ciabatta bread). Of course, the main attraction

pink, or the savory steak au poivre, painted with a rich pan sauce speckled with peppercorns? There’s one more choice to make, as each steak comes with a selection

Raymond Nicasio has crafted a series of dishes that take classic steakhouse flavors and punch them up with a modern aesthetic. Take the truffle-infused asparagus, slow-cooked in a sous-vide water bath and seasoned with tomato-seed vinaigrette, toasted almonds and intoxicating shaved truffles. Those wanting the old-school steakhouse experience, meanwhile, can try pitch-perfect takes on dishes such as Maryland blue crab cakes with tangy

here is the beef. USDA prime certification is the highest overall quality category a cut of beef can attain in the United States, and the cuts at L.A. Prime are finely marbled with lush fat for maximum flavor and tenderness. The toughest decision is figuring out which cut to choose for yourself: Do you want the lean and supple filet mignon, or the more intense bone-in Delmonico ribeye? Are you in the mood for a 14-ounce veal chop, cooked to a perfect blushing

of side sauces and optional additions — truffle butter, a crab cake, shrimp scampi and more — to take the entree to another level. While L.A. Prime is a steakhouse, the menu also features a series of composed plates that highlight the kitchen’s creativity and ability with other choices. A grilled double-rack of Colorado lamb comes with a pool of mashed potatoes spun through with soft goat cheese, with a drizzle of pomegranate molasses giving

sweet acidity and stunning color to the plate. Seared jumbo scallops are another highlight, served with bacon-braised cabbage, a smooth pureé of sunchokes, and a lovely green sauce buzzing with the sharp flavor of sorrel leaf. Or splurge on the three-pound Maine lobster, prepared either by a simple poaching in water or baked in the Thermidor style, with a creamy sauce of egg yolks and brandy and spices. Don’t forget that L.A. Prime offers one of the best wine lists in the city, and was given the Wine Spectator Award in 2018. And while you may be stuffed after all that food and drink, consider the dessert menu, with sweet treats such as tiramisu, rich chocolate cake and banana creme bruleé. Downtown Los Angeles has seen an explosion of new restaurants, but there’s a reason that L.A. Prime holds on to its place at the top and continue to earn rave reviews. Discover why the 35th floor of the Bonaventure is the perfect place for your next occasion, whether it’s a romantic meal or a special dinner with your peers. At 404 S. Figueroa St. or (213) 612-4743. Open Sunday-Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Visit laxbw. CUISINE: Steakhouse $$$


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Downtown Los Angeles Dining Guide 2019  

The Dining Guide is published annually by the Los Angeles Downtown News. An essential dining reference including detailed restaurant profile...

Downtown Los Angeles Dining Guide 2019  

The Dining Guide is published annually by the Los Angeles Downtown News. An essential dining reference including detailed restaurant profile...

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