We went to Spago in Beverly Hills, California for Ren’s special birthday dinner. Spago is famous for its food, atmosphere and for being a top celebrity hot spot in Beverly Hills. It is the flagship restaurant of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. Ren and I had been to Spago in Las Vegas, in August, and had a terrific experience, so we wanted to come here for Ren’s birthday on this trip.We all arrived at Spago and received a warm welcome from the valet service attendants. Spago is very stylish on the outside and is very impressive when you walk in as well. It is very classy and visually stimulating. The decor is high style and smart in detail. Spago has an open air dining area within the center of the restaurant with attractive white lights wrapped around the trees. On cool nights, like this one, they ignite their propane heaters for the outside diners, to keep them comfortable. We chose the interior dining room for our experience. Our room was loaded with attractive artwork and unique design treatments.
This was a busy night at Spago, and it was only a Wednesday. Our server was Christian, who was very gracious, friendly and had a great personality. We had a great time chatting with her about our trip and she really helped to make us feel relaxed and taken care of, considering how busy it was that night.
Spago has a huge wine list in a one inch thick binder from which to choose your wine. The prices range from about $45 to over $5500 or more per bottle. That shows you how extensive the selection is. We chose a Chateau Senejac 2003 Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc. It was outstanding.
Now for the appetizers. Ria had the Mixed Green Salad with oil and balsamic vinegar on the side. Ren and I ordered the Spago Caesar Salad. Their caesar dressing was delicious and it even came with a couple of tasty anchovies draped on top of the salad. Yummy!
For dinner, Ria ordered the Grilled Prime New York Steak, cooked medium. The sauce on the steak was amazing and the meat was wonderful. The quality of the beef at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants is always supreme. Ria’s steak came with buttered haricot vert which were tender and flavorful.
Ren and I ordered the Prime “Cote de Boeuf” grilled over charcoal, for two. The chef brought out the whole piece of meat for us to inspect (and salivate over) and then took it to the kitchen to cut up for us and came out with it served on our two plates. The meat, as always, was outstanding and was topped with Armagnae-Green Peppercorn Sauce. The taste was phenomenal. Our meals came with sauteed swiss chard, which was delicious.
We all ordered the Pomme Aligot, which were mashed potatoes magically whipped with several different cheeses. The chef came to our table and presented them to us. It was fun to watch him do a quick swirl in the pan, and then raise up his hand about 3 feet off the table and let them cascade onto our plate in nice round delicate swirls. These potatoes were wonderful! All of our entrees were truly rich and exciting to our tastebuds.
For dessert, Ria ordered the Fresh Fruit Cup served with fresh whipped cream which she thoroughly enjoyed. Being that it was Ren’s birthday, Ren and I ordered dessert this time, but we shared it. We ordered the Zebra Torte, which consisted of cocoa nibs cream, deep chocolate cake, and bittersweet chocolate sorbet. Christian was nice to bring over our dessert with a nice long slender candle in it for us to sing Happy Birthday to Ren. This desset was light, yet decadent. Delicious!
We really had a great experience at Spago. We had wonderful food and service within a great atmosphere. Christian was a great server, and great to talk to. Spago is an excellent restaurant to treat yourself to, if you are in Beverly Hills. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that it is very pricey.
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