>> July 29, 2012
My friends and I used to walk past Spago, back when it first opened on the Beverly Hills strip. We would peer in through the windows and look at the menu outside before turning to each other and tut "This place is too fancy for Beverly Hills!" Fresh pasta and a pasta machine in the front window, newly designed interiors, mural on the wall and wine racks at the back. During these early days, the restaurant would often be empty and I silently thought to myself that it would most likely shut down soon, a victim to low patronage.
Fast forward a bit in time and Spago did some Cudo deals. I didn't use any vouchers but it seemed a lot of them were sold because Eatability reviews were popping up from people who had used the vouchers.
Now it's 2012 and I have finally gone to Spago. Not once, but twice within the space of two weekends. And both times that I have been, on Saturday nights, the restaurant has been filled to capacity.
What was the motivator for finally trying it? It's in the Entertainment Book! It is one of the restaurants listed at the start of the book, meaning you have to show your card for the offer.
I was surprisingly pleased with the food on the first visit, so much so that I returned the following Saturday night. This post shows what we had over the two visits - the funny thing was, the menu changed slightly between the visits and the prices had gone up slightly as well! So I've listed the 'new' prices with each dish.
Char grilled mushrooms ($12)
Angus beef carpaccio ($13)
Now this is definitely a fancy dish that you wouldn't normally see in Beverly Hills. I loved the light truffle flavour covering the paper thin beef slices and the pretty plating too.
The serving sizes for the mains were also quite generous. My friend could not finish her giant plate of spaghetti marinara and the waitress kindly packed it to go for us.
Last but not least, desserts.
The vanilla bean pannacotta was smooth and gave a great end to both meals.
I'm so pleased to have discovered this little gem in Beverly Hills, I hope it sticks around for a bit longer!