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Delicious and  comfortable – that is how I would describe the food and the experience at the Culina Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.

My friend bought a “Travelzoo” voucher a couple months ago for a Five Course Dinner for this restaurant. We decided to give it a try this past Sunday. We were fortunate enough to find street parking nearby and avoided the $8 valet parking fees.

Culina is located right on the ground level next to the hotel entrance, so it was very convenient and easy to find. I was pleasantly surprised by how elegant, yet modern, and nicely decorated the interior was, even though this is the Four Seasons Hotel. The ambience was warm, inviting and extremely comfortable.

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The service was excellent and attentive, the waitress was sincerely genuine, friendly and helpful, traits that I find to be rare sometimes in this type of upscale restaurant.

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The meal came with a glass of Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine that I was trying for the first time. The bubbly had just the right amount of sweetness that I liked. My first course started with Prosciutto and an Italian semi-soft cheese, along with some not-overly-salty olives and walnuts, all presented on a small wooden charcuterie board. The prosciutto was paper thin, tasty and went well with the cheese and wine.

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The second course was Polpette, an American Wagyu Meatball that was slightly larger than the size of a ping pong ball, and sat in a tangy tomato sauce. it was so good that I finished every bit of the meatball and sauce.

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The Rigantoni with wild mushroom was extremely rich and creamy with the white wine, garlic and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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The main course of Branzino, a Mediterranean Sea Bass, with tomatoes, capers, and lemon was perfectly cooked – tender, flaky, moist with a slightly crispy thin layer of skin. My friend’s Tagliata, New York Strip, was very flavorful and tender as well.

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The Tiramisu was probably one of the best that I have tried, light, not too sweet, with a strong coffee flavor. The Nuvola di Riso, a rice pudding mousse was smooth and mild, though my friend said the flavor was not quite strong.

The server was telling us that there is a Sunday Brunch at the restaurant that is spectacular for $68, hope to be able to try it one day.

Culina:  300 South Doheny Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90048  Phone: 310-860-4000

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