In honor of Whale Week 2013, we're spending some time looking at where the whales in our city spend their cash. Some of the easiest ways to spend cash are on luxury food items like caviar. In a nod to fine dining's most delightful pearl, find below a map of where to find LA's best caviar service. Prices are listed, except when a restaurant prices the caviar based on the day's market price.Read More
Where to Find Caviar Service in Los Angeles
1. Petrossian Paris
Los Angeles' premier caviar importer and purveyor offers a wide variety of caviar in their 30-gram presentation, which is served with blinis, toast points and crème fraîche. Pick from varieties including Hackleback, Transmontanus, Ossetra, Siberian, Shassetra, and Kaluga caviar, priced from $69 to $305.
2. Barney's Greengrass
One of LA's premier caviar importers, Barney Greengrass offers a delicate caviar service each day for lunch. Served with Subject To Availability. Served With grated Egg, creme fraiche, chives, chopped red onion and toast, the variety and price vary with market pricing, meaning you're getting the best and freshest caviar possible.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Michael Cimarusti's seafood-centric fine dining establishment always has caviar on the menu. The Alverta Presiden Caviar from Sacramento is $130 for 30 grams, or $245 for 50 grams.
Though Spago has tried to tone down its fancy image, the restaurant still stocks several different varieties of caviar. Russian Osetra is most often available, at a market price, and is served with blini and creme fraiche.
5. Melisse Restaurant
Chef Josiah Citrin's menu always has caviar. Lately, he's been offering Golden Imperial Osetra Caviar. 28 grams is $185.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Chef Joachim Splichal has only sustainably farm-raised caviar on the menu, with buckwheat blinis, creme fraiche, diced egg yolk, egg white, red onion, and chives. Per tin, Siberian, $135, Russian Osetra, $205, and Golden Osetra, $235.
Thomas Keller's Beverly Hills French Bistro wouldn't be nearly as glamourous if he didn't serve caviar. The menu offers 50 grams of California Sterling White Sturgeon with toasted brioche and creme fraiche for $135.
8. Nic's Martini Lounge
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Of course Nic's serves caviar, it's a martini bar. There's the traditional offering, a 30 gram tin of Royal Osetra Caviar for $190 or an appetizer of Bite Sized Baked Potatoes Crème Fraiche, Caviar and Chives for $17. Domestic, 30 gms. 190.
9. Saam at SLS Hotel
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Sometimes José Andrés' menu for this private dining room offers an incredible appetizer of Iberico Jamon wrapped around caviar. It's part of the tasting menu, $120 per person.