Jonathan and I have always been fans of the prix fixe menu. We like having different options for one price. It just seems like a better deal! Our most recent prix fixe meal happened at Upstairs 2 in West LA—a hidden gem located on top of the largest wine store in LA called “The Wine House.” There’s also plenty of self-parking, which is always a bonus when dining in LA! We ordered the Wine and Dine menu, which included a three-course prix fixe menu with wine pairing. So here’s the couple’s test: Guess your significant other’s menu choices to test how well you know your boo…or how fast you will be booted to the curb. Jonathan and I base our guesses on each other’s preferences, but also on what we’d like to taste from each other’s plates of course! So, from the menu, I confidently stated that Jonathan would order the lobster bisque (he loves his lobster and seasonal soups!), hanger steak, and chocolate molten cake (hoping that it tastes similar to the one served on Carnival Cruises).
Test results: 100% correct. Next, Jonathan, with no hesitation, pointed to duck spring rolls (I love duck!), cod (he knows I like to pick the more expensive seafood item vs. a chicken or vegetarian dish), and ricotta cheesecake with ginger snap crust (while most cheeses are too “cheesy” for me, Jonathan knows I love ginger and wouldn’t choose the sorbet because that’s too simple).
Test results: 100% correct. With the three wine pairings, we had a fabulous and reasonably priced prix fixe menu at $55 per person!
Lesson of the Day: Try a prix fixe meal and learn more about your loved ones through food!
Grade: A for value (excellent prix fixe deal), B for food (nice portions, but chocolate molten cake and cod could use improvement in preparation), A for wine (delicious pairings), and B for ambiance (comfortable leather booths, modern and minimalist design, but low ceilings make the space look a bit cramped).
Comments: Upstairs 2 is only open WED & THURS 5:30pm to 10:00pm
FRI & SAT 5:30pm to 11:00pm, so plan accordingly.
Budget-friendly for teachers: Yes. It’s a wonderful date spot!
Kid-friendly for mommies: Sorry, you should leave the little ones home, unless they can sleep through the whole night in the stroller/ carseat so that you can enjoy your candlelight dinner.