Spago – Beverly Hills

Spago for lunch, particularly on Friday, is magical. The patio is THE place to sit.


Laurent is one of the best dining room managers anywhere. He always organizes our meal and I have yet to look at a menu.



BYO Chmpagne



Signature dish of Spicy Tuna Tartar in a sesame tuile 


Salmon Blinis - Spago

House-Smoked Salmon served on a Lemon Herb Blini with Dill Crème Fraiche


hamachi - Spago

Hamachi Ceviche with Baby Beets served in a Chinese spoon


bacon en croute

Bacon en Croute – an old favorite


inside bacon

Inside of the bacon en croute



Japanese Cucumber Sorbet with Diced Cucumber and Daikon – a nice palate cleanser before the main part of the meal



Bread Service



Duo of Crab 


crab 1

Panko Crusted Soft Shell Crab with Scallions, Ginger, Marinated Cucumber Salad and Pickle Vinaigrette – the soft shell was perfect – light, not a hint of grease


crab 2

Maryland Crab Cake, Basil Aioli, Tomato Vinaigrette – what was excellent about this crab cake is that it was pure crab – no filler, just crab



Pan-roasted Black Bass on a bed of carrot puree and wild ramps



Then artichokes, tomatoes and a wild ramp vinaigrette and olive oil vinaigrette is added table side to the bass – delicious, light, plus seasonality at its best


the women at Spago

Jackie Collins lunching at Spago


red wine

BYO Red wine



Risotto with Maine Sweet Shrimp,  Santa Barbara Uni and Baby Japanese Zucchini – what is not to like? – uni, shrimp and risotto


duck= Spago

Pan-Roasted Liberty Duck Breast, Onion Soubise, Porcini Mushrooms, Huckleberries, Natural Jus – excellent


starw 1

Friase de bois, Shortcake, Raspberry


straaw 2


A lovely lunch, well-orchestrated by Laurent. I often say that Spago is two restaurants in one. The best way to go is a tasting menu. Let the staff orchestrate the menu and you will have a fine dining experience.


4 Responses to “Spago – Beverly Hills”

  1. 1 Will J May 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Nice shot of Jackie ! Didn’t look like she mind. 🙂

  2. 2 lizziee May 28, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Will, I don’t think she was aware I took her picture!

  3. 3 Loving Annie May 28, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Joan Collins looks beautiful – and extrordinarily good for her age ! Obviously she has taken great care of her skin and has good bone structure.

    The cucumber sorbet would of course have been my favorite 🙂

  4. 4 Viva! July 31, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    It’s not Jackie Collins, it’s Joan Collins.

    That said, it is excellent to see that Joan looks as good ‘in real life’ as she does on television.

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