Jonathan Gold labelled Orsa & Winston LA's window on the world. Josef Centeno is the mover behind what could be thought of as modern Los Angeles cooking: the small plates, multicultural influences, modest prices and exquisitely sourced produce that have once again nudged the city into the front ranks of world cuisine.
Orsa & Winston has a tasting-menu format, which Centeno is billing as Japanese/Italian omakase. At $50 to $195 per person, depending on the menu you choose, eating here is a commitment, in terms of both price and time, as well as the lengths to which you'll be forced to trust the chef (you are asked about food allergies, but otherwise the menu is a surprise). The menu tends to veer between traditional Spanish flavors and new French classics, rustic Alice Waters-like arrangements and sushi bar chic.
I would suggest the 5-course prix-fixe menu which is $60.00 per person plus beverage, tax and tip. I understand that you can expect to leave Orsa & Winston full as you can expect three to five more courses than the menu promises. Extras come in the form of amuses and palate cleansers, a string of small desserts surrounding one or two larger desserts, or just a full-on extra dish or two that Centeno, standing calmly in the open kitchen at the back of the restaurant, has decided to include. Please BRING CASH to make the bill settlement easier.
I purposely limited the number to 4 to gain the most of this dining experience among the attendees. Please sign up IF AND ONLY IF you do plan on attending this event. SENSE has not implemented a deposit system to reserve an event spot as many other groups have and will if we get "No shows" to the events. Update your RSVP regularly if your plans change. Don't be a "No Show" which isn't cool and keep us from implementing a "deposit" system!!
Hope to see you there.