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Miru 8961 on Olympic

disgusting.

Nov 14, 2008
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Moroccan restaurant?

Tagine on Roberston is the best...no belly dancers, but cool place with amazing food and terrific service!

Jan 18, 2008
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Miru8691

Anyone been? Sushi friend and I are heading to a movie tonight and wanted to grab a bite before. while I prefer Sushi Sushi in BH, neither of us are looking to spend that much, so we decided to be adventurous and try this place...unless anyone says absolutely not to. Thoughts?

Nov 10, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Soy Frozen Yogurt?

YES! The two I've found are at Bigg Chill on Olympic and Westwood, and at their [former] sister store, Studio Yorgurt on Ventura and Laurel Canyon. Both non-dairy flavors change every two days, though Studio usually has more interesting flavors...I'm a lactard and the only thing I've ever really missed was frozen yogurt- and as far as I can tell, both of these fit the bill. Not that I remember real yogurt, but this works!

Oct 27, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

BEST SUSHI OF LOS ANGELES

WARNING: You will get reamed on this site for that posting! Sushi is very precious to the 'hounds and Crazy Fish ain't no 'Zo...

Aug 13, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Yuzando on Sawtelle

So as I've mentioned previously on these boards, when my hellish job gets the best of me I escape...and treat myself to great sushi at a sushi bar for lunch. I find it very relaxing. This week I wanted to break out of the Kiriko-Echigo-Hide route and try something new...so I tried Yuzando, just up the street where Tenn used to be. And I think I'll definitely be going back...

Not only did I find it better than Tenn (toro not included...of course I didn't have it at Yuzando) but lunch was a fantastic deal- for quality and quantity, definitely better than Echigo's famed lunch special. For $15.50 I got the "sushi lunch deluxe," which included: small soup and salad, 2 tuna, 2 salmon, 1 whitefish/ halibut, 1 albacore, 1 yellowtail, 1 ikura, 1 eel (I requested anago/ sea eel), 1 hamachi (usually served with shrimp, which I don't care for in sushi), as well as a spicy salmon roll (again, substituted for spicy tuna- I always test the salmon rolls). Everything, especially the basics, was terrific- medium cut, good consistency, strong taste. Total including an iced tea and tip? $20 EVEN. My idea of a perfect lunch...and then I had to come back to work.

Aug 09, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Koi on La Cienega

IMHO, their crispy rice-spicy tuna-jalapeno is the best around. I also like their salad rolls and yellowtail sashimi dish. veggies sides always good too.

Aug 03, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Birthday @ Providence

So we went...and went all out. And thus- this is long. chef's tasting menu it was! And even with it, they were very concerned and accomodating about my restrictions, almost too much so. (I'm gluten and lactose intolerant, the latter being more difficult for them) We didn't do wine pairings, but rather just started with some excellent champagne and then one white- a riesling- and one red- something amazing and french, not sure what. But then the food started coming...

(please forgive some of the spelling- I'm usually good, but don't come across some of these words very often!)

Amuse #1- Gin and Tonic Gelee on a Spoon. Or as my dad said: "Jello shots!"

Amuse #2- Mojito ravioli; it looked a bit like a green egg yolk, but when you bit into it, juice squirted out that did indeed taste just like a mojito! Awesome.

Amuse #3- Kushi Oyster with tabasco caviar, champagne mignionette and Cocktail sauce. My father isn't a fan of oysters- but really enjoyed this little bite.

Amuse #4- Watermelon juice with melon balls, green olives...and wasabi oil. Very interesting and very good- you tasted the sweet with the juice and the balls, and then had a shot of bitter with the olive. And then when our sinuses cleared, we realized the wasabi was in there too.

Main #1- Fresh King Crab (apparanly only available one week of the year) with cryovacked melon, cantelope puree and a melon tuille. Very tasty, good flavor combinations.

Main #2- Hamachi tartar with wasabi, radish and hearts of palm two ways- one in a band around the tartar, and the other in little diamonds on the plate- those were marinated in red wine and looked nothing like heart of palm- but all tasted good together.

Main #3- Fois Gras parfait with foie gras powder, cherry powder and cherry gelee. OH MY GOD. Tasted like dessert- as odd as it was, we were in heaven. Especially my mother, the foie gras conossieur.

Main #4- Poached Lobster "ravioli" - the ravioli was sheets of yellow beet gelee. This was topped with some American Caviar and was just sublime with a bit of tarragon and a late kick of anise.

Main #5- John Dory with a confit of slow roasted tomatoes, diced potatoes, baby clams and lemon foam. This is where one of my few problems hit- I personally thought the fish was slightly overcooked, but everyone else thought it was great. And the clams were excellent. Ahat I loved was that this was the only dish with any real starch in it- because of it, you never got that carb fullness or bloat, despite the double-digit courses.

Main #6- Braised Pork Belly with apricot puree, root of chicory salsify, mustard greens and a ginger-lemongrass something...I can't read my own writing. But this was quite the wonderful indulgence- and my carnivore brother had a bigger smile than I've seen him give in a long time. Just got me more excited for the hyped up pork belly at Craft- which I'm having tonight for sure!

Main #7- Tazmanian Sea Trout with tokio negi (a japanese green onion), carrots and shenzi??? (again, can't read my writing...) Also had a little chip of crisp salmon skin on the side. There's something else written below this dish on my note pad, but for the life of me- I have no idea what it says!!! :/

Main #8- Since I don't care for red meat (I know, how un-Chow like) I got turbot while my parents had lamb, but we had the same preparation, which was pretty straight forward- canele of tomato (which was a bit strong- and I love tomato) with onions, eggplant, asparagus and yummy, buttery morels.

Dessert #1- The odd Bacon and Peanut butter macaroon with banana chips. I'm not a fan of peanut butter nor bananas so I didn't care for it- but everyone else liked it, despite the strange combination. Our server said he feels like Homer Simpson when he has the desserts with bacon in them- which seemed like the perfect analogy. Gluttonous for sure.

Dessert #2- Passion Fruit gelee with lychee shiso sorbet, basil seeds and coconut soymilk- which is what really made the dish. I think I was also given a tangerine shot at this time, which looked even more like an egg yolk, but tasted exactly like a very, very ripe tangerine. Tart is an understatement.

Dessert #3- Here I was given a strawberry capsule- like hard sorbet- with vodka in in. Love the vodka! That was served with more lemon sorbet and candied pistachios. however, I kept eating off my mother's plate- LOVED their chocoate ganache with cherry and fig compote. That's ideal for me- too bad the restaurant thought it had too much dairy to serve me! However, the worst faces of the evening came when they tasted what that was served with- salt and pepper ice cream. Hmmh, kudos for trying, but it was a bit much. reminded me of Glenny's salt and pepper soy crisps- good for a snack with that texture, not so much for a soft dessert.

All in all, excellent on all fronts. Took 3 1/2 hours, but time flew and we were just anticipating the next course. I was almost disappointed when dessert came- I much prefer savory dishes and just wanted to see what else they came up with. I also didn't really love the desserts. Now, I can't eat a lot of them and don't have a huge sweet tooth- I'm happy ending a meal with a good rich piece of dark chocolate- but these were too frothy and tangy for my taste. (minus the chocolate and fig) I was even disappointed with the macarons that came with the petit fours. Oh well, I can live without the dessert. The problem with the chef's menu was that while everything is obviously super fresh, I missed some the dishes I've read raves about, such as Nancy's scallops and the wild salmon- two of my faves in general. I think next time I'd like to go back and try a la carte, so I can get more of the fantastic items- though I know I'll struggle with deciding what to order- which I didn't have to do this time.

I'd concur that this is one of the best and most interesting, innovative restaurants in the city, if not the country right now. Though Marcel on Top Chef irked me with his constant foams and gelees, it's obviously something worth exploring in cuisine right now, so I can't completely fault him! Until recently LA lacked restaurants that take risks with preparation and flavor, and I'm thrilled to see that's changing. This is definitely one to remember and go back to, and I can check it off my list of places to try in 2007!

I had a perfect 30th birthday.

Aug 03, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Craft- tonight

I'm super excited about my Craft dinner tonight, that I seem to be spending all day studying the menu and these board, deciding what I'm going to get. the pork belly seems to be a given- so what fish and sides to follow??? I'm also suspicious about the posts about the lack of disclosure when it comes to come ingredients...so what sides don't have dairy or gluten in them? Other than that, I'm game...

Aug 03, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

26 Beach Cafe... Delicious!

well, exactly, you have to ask for them well done. Other wise they will disappoint too...

Jul 26, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Organic Chicken

Whole Foods has good ones, Erewhons are tasty but sometimes overcooked. I'd say they hover around $8??? Bristol Farms also has good ones, not sure if they are organic or not though...

Jul 24, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Birthday @ Providence

So I have a reservation for next Wednesday at Providence to celebrate my 30th birthday with my parents and brother. Which is nice because my father will paying and he doesn't mind spending on a fantastic meal. And he's a wine guy, so we're covered there. My question is not whether to do a tasting menu or not (that's a given, since it's a special occasion) but which one to do? The 5 course doesn't seem to be enough, so I was thinking the 9 course...but then going all out for the Chef's Tasting menu is tempting. I was wondering just exactly how much food that is and how long it takes? Also, there are some dishes described on reviews here that sound amazing- can you request anything in particular? Our res is currently for 8, but I might move it up a bit...please let me know your thoughts!

(There is also the temptation to say it's a big birthday, let's do Urasawa, but after a big party Saturday night, I might get some dirty looks)

Jul 24, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

26 Beach Cafe... Delicious!

I'm a huge 26 Beach fan- love the hawaiian royale- but I do agree the fries are weak. The key is to ask for them well done, and then pour tons of salt on them. Then they are actually pretty good. But as is, yes, limp and tasteless. Next time you want the burger there, make a special note for your fries!

Jul 13, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Abode or Musha or...?

Newly single and need to get drunk with a girlfriend tonight...and we like good food too. Was thinking Abode or Musha, but would welcome other fun suggestions.

Jun 27, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Tagine for private party?

I'm considering having my 30th bday party at Tagine and renting the whole place out for a Saturday night with around 30 people. Has anyone ever been to a private event here? It looks like it would be a great, sexy spot, but want to check it out...I've actually never been :/ but love Moroccan food and the place looks great, plus the location and prices work. Thoughts?

Jun 26, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

flourless and chocolatey?

I'm gluten intolerant and I LOVE Urth Caffe's Flourless Chocolate cake. It's "individual" size, but good to share and rich with three different textures working throughout. A little fresh whipped cream and some strawberries and she'll be in heaven!

Jun 19, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

vegan chocolate cake

their flourless chocolate cake is good too...albeit, definitely not vegan, but good if you need a fix and can't eat gluten!

Jun 07, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

What's the deal with Toast?

Used to close before dinner, but now I think they are open late...

Jun 04, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Lacroix or 4 Seasons for a vegetarian?

$50 wont get you far there at all- it's price fix; but you can eat happily if you eat dairy and eggs...

Jun 01, 2007
Quesera in Pennsylvania

Lacroix or 4 Seasons for a vegetarian?

I'd actually say Lacroix...my sister is a vegetarian and it's one of her favorite restaurants in the city, so we will go as a family a lot. I think the ease of choosing your courses and the order, not to mention how accomodating they are in amending non-veg dishes, makes it a good option. You're not stuck with two salads or two apps there...definitely enough food. Enjoy either though!

May 25, 2007
Quesera in Pennsylvania

30th Birthday Dinner/ Party

Haven't quite discussed that yet, but while I don't want to put my parents out too much, they'd be willing to pay whatever for the right atmosphere, food and definitely wine. (it's the family biz, so we're total wine snobs)

May 24, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Great Salads

The Mrs Winstons in Century City has turkey and/or chicken on the salad bar now, as well as a sandwich bar which you can pull from...aside from the "proteins" they absolutely have the best salad bar...nothing beats the purple basil, arugula, fresh spicy salsa and endless other greens and sprouts. You could make a 10lb salad and still feel healthy!

May 22, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

30th Birthday Dinner/ Party

My 30th birthday is coming up and my parents are so generous as to throw a dinner/ party for 30-40 of my closest friends. Now I need to find a location...

It will be the heart of summer, so weather shouldn't be an issue, but good food and wine are. (as is fun!) I have NO idea where to begin on this, so please send your suggestions, between downtown and the ocean, but not the Valley and most preferably in the central vicinity of West Hollywood.

I have two months to plan, but need to start now...thank you!

May 22, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

dover sole in vegas

had a great potato crusted dover sole at Tableau at the wynn if that helps?

May 22, 2007
Quesera in Southwest

Dinner at the Venetian & Wynn in Las Vegas

Just ate at Tableau at the Venetian last Tuesday...it was fantastic in everyway. Amazing service from the get go, great food, great atmosphere. I highly recommend!

May 22, 2007
Quesera in Southwest

Carmine's Creole Cafe in Bryn Mawr

I've actually never been, but my parents- who are definitely foodies- would go to Carmine's 2x a week when it was in Narberth...not sure if they are driving 5 extra minutes these days, but they LOVE it.

May 08, 2007
Quesera in Pennsylvania

vegan chocolate cake

Urth Caffe's is AMAZING.

May 08, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

good chinese delivery 3rd + la brea??

I've recently discovered Mao's Kitchen on Melrose...it's the best in the area by far, and has many options. I've had some problems- no lettuce for the lettuce cups, forgetting rice, chicken instead of beef- but they are nice when you confront them and the food is good! I think they are working out kinks, but now it's where I order from ...

May 04, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

Catch @ Casa Del Mar

I made a reservation at Catch for this weekend to take my boyfriend for his birthday. I love the hotel and we both love seafood so I thought I'd give it a shot...anyone been? Any recommendations or gripes? Would appreciate any insight...thanks!

Apr 30, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area

sushi sushi- BH

I ended up with a fantastic meal at Sushi Sushi, that was well worth the $70, including tax, tip, and sake. I think I had a piece of top Toro, seared salmon, unagi, hamachi, scallop, shima aji, halibut, salmon roe, and bluefin tuna, plus some of the large tamago, and a salmon handroll. We also shared what was possibly the best seaweed salad I've ever had...I'll definitely be going back, and definitely like the by the piece ordering.

I'm saving Sushi Zo to treat myself and will be starting with the omakase there, but it's good to know they do by the piece too...

Apr 23, 2007
Quesera in Los Angeles Area