Would You Pay as Much for Fancy Restaurant Water as You Would for Wine?

One Los Angeles restaurant will offer what it bills as the city's most extensive water menu

Here's one for the only-in-Los-Angeles files (and, as a devoted native Angeleno, this author says that with love): Starting Monday, the L.A. eatery Ray’s & Stark Bar is set to launch what it's billing as (wait for it) the city's most extensive water menu.

Yes, that would be a very long list of waters for the extremely particular water drinker. The Patina Restaurant Group's restaurant and bar at the buzzy Los Angeles County Museum of Art will offer 20 varietals of water from around the world in the new program.

Ray’s & Stark Bar’s general manager Martin Riese designed the menu, meant to complement executive chef Kris Morningstar’s seasonal dishes. Servers will suggest water pairings in the way many guests are accustomed to hearing about wine.

“This menu has been a long time in the making,” Riese said in a release (which bills him as "the world’s foremost certified water sommelier from the German Mineral Water Association"). “Water has a significant impact on the way we taste food, just as with wine and spirits. We are already accustomed to pairing food with wine or beer, but many people don’t know that water is just as important to the entire dining experience.”

You'll find your typical Fiji, S. Pellegrino, and Evian, as well as many more rare varieties from 10 countries, including Riese’s own Beverly Hills 9OH2O. (Get it?) Can't decide? Try the $12 tasting menu.

America! Aint it grand?

How much would you pay for a fine bottle of water at a restaurant?

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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