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World Comes To End; Lee Kam Kee in Alhambra Being Replaced By Mexican Restaurant

Thanks, I'll check this out.

Oct 14, 2012
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

World Comes To End; Lee Kam Kee in Alhambra Being Replaced By Mexican Restaurant

I am very saddened by the news of this closure. Does anyone have a recommendation for french-style beef cubes as delicious as the ones they served at Lee Kam Kee?

Oct 13, 2012
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Healthy Gyoza? Best Gyoza Ever at Haru Ulala

They have a good char siu plate.

Oct 21, 2009
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Healthy Gyoza? Best Gyoza Ever at Haru Ulala

The gyoza at Tokyo Cafe are wonderful. I've never had any gyoza I've liked more than these.

Oct 21, 2009
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Sazon Latin Fusion cheap & healthy in Culver City

I had dinner here last night, and I echo the praise of this great little place. I ordered the Sazon chicken- chicken breast and wing (with bone) stuffed with plaintain paste covered in mole sauce. My friend had the Pollo Espinaca special, which was stuffed with spinach and vegetables. Both were served with white rice and black beans for $8.95 each. We shared the ceviche as an appetizer ($7.95), which came with both corn chips and fried plaintain chips. We both thought the ceviche could use more lime, but that was easily remedied. I did need more salt as well, but the menu states that "we cook our food in soy bean & vegetable oil with very little and/or NO salt!" So I didn't feel yoo guilty about adding salt to my taste. The salsas at the salsa bar (cilantro, tomatillo and your regular red, and there were pickled carrots too) all tasted very fresh and homemade. I was envious of all the dishes coming out of the small kitchen for the other tables. I had the corn cake with chocolate sauce for dessert. Not too sweet (except for the drizzle of sauce), and just the right texture to finish everything off.

Claudia was very welcoming, warm and efficient. She was the only one serving the 5 tables occupied when we were there, and we never felt neglected. Her service was excellent. She suggested we try one of her juice specials, and when we looked a little reluctant, she brought us three samples of each of the juices. They were all delicious, and damned if I can remember the exact types, but I think one was cantaloupe, one was pineapple with some other combo, and hibiscus, which she said was more like a tea. Sold! The hibiscus was perfect for me, a little tart and reminiscent of pomegranate. I want to go back today for that alone. This is definitely the kind of place that you wish would open within a block of your house, and you would probably end up at a couple times a week- too bad it's not closer to me.

Jun 27, 2009
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Artisan Cheese Gallery... finally!

Well, I may have gotten him that day, but that doesn't explain the poor service I have received from different employees on my previous visits. I have now been there at least five different times and have been served by five different people, only two of whom I considered nice and helpful. Not coincidentally, I was the only customer in the store those two times, so they pretty much had to give me their full attention. I think the problem extends beyond this guy who doesn't have "the knack", and in my case has not been circumvented by avoiding him.

Sep 21, 2008
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Artisan Cheese Gallery... finally!

I just had lunch at the ACG this afternoon. I do like the fact that this place exists in Studio City, but I am really unhappy with the service. Only once I have I been there when I found the person behind the counter to be really helpful. I am not in a position to judge their cheese knowledge or selection, but as an average customer who wants to feel a little bit special, at least while I am being waited on, I feel they absolutely suck. I totally agree with mrshankly's assessment of
their disjointed service. Other customers, apparently regulars, were given preference as their questions were answered while it was my turn to be
helped. While I have been happy with the cheese and the food (though a little expensive), I always leave feeling like I have been ignored and even
disrespected. The older guy at the register today (perhaps the same one) had absolutely no clue how to make people feel warm and welcome, and there is no assurance that you will be helped or rung up in order. I think this place could be both a great little cheese store and cafe if they figure it out and vastly improve customer service.

Sep 20, 2008
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Quick, healthy takeout food near studio city/valley village?

I second the Tony's Mexican Grill rec. Nice people, delicious healthier mexican food. They also have a few great salads and a fruit plate. Only thing that needs some changing are the chips they serve- those could be better.

Mar 19, 2008
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

gyoza pictures from Tokyo Cafe

I don't think their menu is online. But I can give you a listing from their takeout menu, which I have in front of me. I have only eaten their gyoza and cha shu pork- since I get down there so infrequently, all I really want when I get there is the gyoza...

OMELETTES: ham, chashu, denver, hamburger royale
SANDWICHES: club, hamburger club, cheeseburger, hamburger, chicken burger
SEAFOODS: sanma (saury pike), saba (mackerel), unagi kabayaki, salmon kasu
DONBURI: tempura, katsu, katsu with egg, oyako, tanin, unagi
NOODLES: nabeyaki udon, niku udon, chashu udon, yakisoba, champon, ramen
COMBINATION DINNERS: beef teriyaki, chicken teriyaki, tempura, sukiyaki
ALSO: sukiyaki, tempura, sashimi (seasonal). oroshiae, teriyaki beef, teriyaki chicken, pork dofu, beef dofu, tonkatsu, gyoza, egg foo young, niku yasai itame.
SIDE ORDERS: shu mai, cha shu, gyoza, edamame
LUNCH SPECIALS: combination, cha shu, shu mai

Dec 11, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Bad news: Kuala Lumpur closing for good at the end of the month

Very sad news indeed. I will really miss this place and the friendly owners. I'll try to get there one last time before the end of the month.

Dec 11, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

gyoza pictures from Tokyo Cafe

Hope this link works for you - it's my first time trying to post photos.
These pictures are from my visit to the Tokyo Cafe a couple weeks ago. They serve my favorite version of gyoza, and I thought you might want to see the deliciousness.

Tokyo Cafe
116 Judge John Aiso Street (San Pedro Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.628.3017
Mon-Sat 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm

http://www.kodakgallery.com/ShareLand...

Dec 10, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Shabu Shabu House

I was alone, and not sharing a meal, when they charged me extra for the sauce refills. This happened on two separate occasions. Perhaps the waitress did not understand the new(?) rules, but I thought it was outrageous. I think $3.50 is an awful lot for those sauces, especially considering the meager amounts they do give. Every other shabu shabu place I have been to refills gratis.

I cannot answer your Zakuro question, because the first I heard of its closure for remodeling was via Micako's post above.

Aug 25, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Shabu Shabu House

I've been to the Boiling Point 3 or 4 times now. I have been very disappointed with it. Yes, it's pretty, convenient, and the owner is very nice, but I felt it was more expensive for the amount of meat offered. But the reason I will not return is that they had begun to charge extra for sauce refills. And they barely give you enough sauce to get through the meal at the outset.

I too have waited for Shabu Shabu House and have given up and gone across the street to Zakuro. The service thereat Zakuro is fast and efficient, I love their sauces (and they usually come around and refill without you even asking), and I've never felt that the waitresses were making fun of me (though I don't speak Japanese). We'll see what kind of place it is after the remodeling.

Aug 25, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

suggestions for cardamom?

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

I love this cardamom pea soup. It's very simple, and you can add more cardamom than they call for.

Aug 21, 2006
h2obemo in Home Cooking

Tokyo Cafe - best ramen in L.A.? (ramen review!)

Yes, same people from the old Tokyo Gardens.

Aug 18, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Tokyo Cafe - best ramen in L.A.? (ramen review!)

I have been saying for a while now that these gyoza are the best I've had. Not your traditional shape and taste, but definitely my favorites. Perhaps I don't find the filling skimpy because I love the wrapping, and I always get 2 orders. So, so good.

Aug 18, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

getting mad at Joe Peeps. They are losing me!!

I don't like this place either. I got mad the very first time I ever attempted to go in - through the wrong door, apparently. Their door faces Magnolia, they have a sign sitting out on the sidewalk that proclaims their special, they have a red neon sign hanging in the window facing Magnolia that says "OPEN", and the door is usually wide open. But, you cannot enter through that door from the sidewalk, because that is their kitchen. I didn't realize I wasn't allowed to enter, since I had never been there before, and a cook blocked the door and told me I had to go around the back and enter through the parking lot in the alley. So I never went in, until months later when it was very late and I was starving and needed a slice of pizza. And I didn't much like what I got- WAY to heavy on the cheese for my taste. Now I prefer Pagliacci's, at Moorpark and Coldwater.

Aug 12, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Middle Eastern Spots in Studio City/Sherman Oaks

I'll give Cedar House Cafe the thumbs up. They have reasonably priced ($4.95-$6.95) sandwiches (shawarma, falafel, kabobs) and really good (thin) fries for lunch. Their entrees come with rice pilaf or fries, soup or salad (and it's a good salad with yogurt dressing), and range from $10.95 to $14.95. Dinner also comes with a roasted tomato, hummous, pita bread and pita chips. It's plenty of food. Haven't had too many of the hot or cold appetizers, but I will say that I think the fried kibbeh is a better deal at Skaf's Grill than here. I usually get the kafta kabob or the fish plate (tilapia filets) and have always been satisfied. They have a garlic sauce similar to Zankou's, and will give you more if you ask for it, which I always do. Sometimes service can be a bit slow. Lots of parking in the lot. Live music on weekends.

Jul 30, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Question about 2 restaurants: JOE'S (Venice) and CARLOS GARDITEL (WeHo)

I second the rec for the Filet Mignon Medallions at Carlito's Gardel (Lomo al a Marsala). You can always take one of them home if you can't finish, but it's so good, you'll want to eat it there. Haven't had their empanadas, but those Papas Fritas are great.

Jul 24, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

favorite lentil dish?

I love the red lentil dish at Messob Ethiopian restaurant. It's called Yemiser Wot. More like a spicy stew than a soup, but so good. http://www.messob.com

Jul 23, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Banana Leaf

Most asian groceries have them in the frozen section. I've bought them before at A Grocery Food Warehouse [1487 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 482-4803)], and I've seen them at several Ranch 99 Markets (http://www.99ranch.com). Also try the Thai grocers in Hollywood.

Note that "A Grocery Food Warehouse" used to be "A1 Grocery Food Warehouse", but in the process of looking up their address, two web sources say that they have dropped the "1" from their name. Whatever it's name is now, it's a great little store.

Jul 16, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

NoHo Tandoori closed

Drove by NoHo Tandoori yesterday and noticed "for lease" signs on the windows of the restaurant, as well as the Indian grocery next door. And it was open only a few days earlier, when I drove by and thought about stopping in...

Jul 15, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Release my inner vampire: Craving for garlic (not Zankou)

Don't forget their fries. From their menu description:
"Papas Fritas Provenzal $ 6
Our Signature Dish: French fries with Garlic and Parsley"
Very tasty and garlicky.

Carlitos Gardel
7963 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, Ca 90046
Tel: (323) 655-0891
http://www.carlitosgardel.com/

Jun 30, 2006
h2obemo in Los Angeles Area

Ribs in vinegar?

Can you please post this recipe, and/or give the name of the grilling cookbook you referred to? Thanks!

Jun 25, 2006
h2obemo in Home Cooking