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Bistro K- new Chef & Owner

My last hurrah is saturday. While I'm excited for the new space, I wonder if the quality can stay as high while servicing 2 1/2 times the customers.

I think it being my last visit at this location is a great excuse to be even more excessive there than usual.

Apr 26, 2007
njr in Los Angeles Area

Trendy, Small, and Avant-Garde?

If you go to Bistro K you could stop at Topline Wines first. It's in Glendale so it's not nextdoor, but if you're coming from the westside it's sort of on the way. They have a wonderful selection of French wines for incredibly cheap prices.

By the way my vote is for Bistro K. None of these other places that I've tried come close. That said, it's very French so if they're looking for something different you might want to try something Asian or Mexican.

If they like a place with an "exciting" atmosphere, I'd probably go to Hungry Cat. The cocktails should excite them and it's always busy. Sparse and industrial design. Strange location. Great food. You can walk across the street afterwards and have a drink at Bowery Bar, which has horrible food in my opinion, but often a fun young artsy beautiful LA love-to-hate-them crowd at night.

Otherwise I like LOU as well, and it's owned by Minohla Dargis' husband so you sometimes get an interesting intellectual set at the bar.

Dec 15, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

Burgers in Burbank or Hollywood?

Pug Burger at Hungry Cat. Pricey and tough to handle but really excellent. Get it with a Pimlico and you might just get out of there for $25. That's if you can have just one cocktail, which I have never been able to do.

Dec 13, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

What to get at SONA?

must agree with tasting menu. But be prepared to spend some money. It's the kind of place that will serve you 4 bottles of sparkling water at $15 each without asking.

Dec 13, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

Ultimate Restaurants 2006

1. Providence
2. Bistro K
3. Hungry Cat
4. Langer's (pastrami only)
5. Daikokuya (Ramen only)

Dec 13, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

Christening My Mixer

I just got a Kitchenaid professional mixer. I'm very excited.

So what should I make with it first?

It feels sort of like a first date. I want it to be memorable. Pizza dough seems obvious and classic, or maybe donuts (just watched the donuts Good Eats). Any other suggestions? I'm game for anything.

Oct 17, 2006
njr in Home Cooking

What Appetizer with Creamy Polenta and Mushroom Kale (with Pancetta) main course? Pastry? Fish? Help!

Thanks to all for your help. I think I might try the salmon mousse stuffed in a baugette. Or a recipe for crab and cucumber pastries. I am worried about having too much dairy in this meal but it just worked out that way. I think with a light salad course it should be okay.

Thanks again for your help!

The polenta/kale recipe is from Bon Apetite by way of Epicurious. I'm excited to try it. It looks easy and tastey!

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

Oct 11, 2006
njr in Home Cooking

What Appetizer with Creamy Polenta and Mushroom Kale (with Pancetta) main course? Pastry? Fish? Help!

As stated above I'm making creamy polenta toped with Mushroom, Kale, and Pancetta. I need an appetizer to serve before it. I'll only have about an hour to spend on the app. (and maybe another hour of cook time). i was thinking fish might be good. I'd love to do a pastry of some kind. I'm also gonna be serving a cheese plate with crostini and then Magnolia Bakery Recipe Cup Cakes (a birthday request). Probably I'll do a light salad course as well. Any ideas?

Thanks all,

NJR

Oct 11, 2006
njr in Home Cooking

Where to buy a Chef's Knife in LA or SGV?

Hi David, Can you give me an idea of what the prices were for these knives? I looked at the website and it seems like there's only one or two japanese knife makers (recognizable by name). That said I would certainly buy a custom knife from an American knife maker. Do you thinks it's worth the drive and the $20 it would cost to get in (ticket plus parking) if I'm only interested in kitchen knives? Thanks.

Sep 20, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy a Chef's Knife in LA or SGV?

Thanks everyone! This is really helpful. I may take David's advice and hold out for the knife show (because I think it would be an interesting experience). I will definitely check out some of these other stores though.

Thanks, NJR

Sep 20, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy a Chef's Knife in LA or SGV?

Hi all,

I searched for this topic and found some good info but was hoping for a little more. I already checked out Surfas but would like to try a few more Japanese knives before I settle on one. I'm looking for a Chef's knife, maybe a Santuka, and probably a new paring knife. This will be the first time I buy a really good knife so all I really have to go on is the knives I've tried so far. I think I'll end up buying a Japanese knife because so far I like a lighter handle. Not Global light but not as heavy as a Messermeister (or the other German knives I've tried).

I want to take a trip either downtown or to the SGV this weekend to try some more knives. I'd be happy to go somewhere else too if it's worth the trip. I'll probably go in to Anzen Hardware if I go downtown. Also-- is Mutual Trading Co. an actual store I can go into? I remember hearing there were some Markets in SGV that carried knives but I can't remember which ones.

I'd love any suggestions of shops to go to and also brands of knives to try. Thanks in advance for your help.

Best, NJR

Sep 19, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

foie gras

The best preparation I've had was at Sona:

Roasted Foie, Indonesian Pepper- Asian Pear Puree, Pear and Honey Cake, Rice Wine – Muscovado Reduction, Rice Ice Milk

Really exquisite. Elegant and fluid and not over-packed with flavors.

Also I had a wonderful preparating at Bistro K. I'm not sure if they're still open or if they're in the process of moving. Traditional foie with a "violet" martini. Really great.

I love pate. Definitely my favorite food.

Sep 14, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

Nice dinner at Simon LA or Cut?

Cut. Definitely.

Sep 07, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get a good Chile Relleno?

I absolutely agree. If it's the same thing I had it was in a garlicky tomato sauce that complimented the pepper and made for some very complex and wonderful tastes. Not traditional but unbelievably good. The best thing we had at an all around great experience at MM.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum I've always been partial to the Chile Relleno Burito at Burito King. It's a harsh attack on your stomach but every once in a while I crave it.

Jul 26, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

LA Chower Staying in Evanston

I know being specific always helps:

I'd love to try some Polish food.
Also whatever specific dishes Chicago is known for.

Also I'm an adventurous eater.

Thanks!

njr

Jul 21, 2006
njr in Chicago Area

LA Chower Staying in Evanston

Hello Chicago hounds!

I'm heading to Evanston for a weekend in late August and would like to try a few Chicago specialties while I'm there. I'll probably have one or two dinners to get away and a few lunches. I'd love to try anything unique to Chicago. Sadly, I won't have a car but I don't mind taking a cab if something is worth it. Since it's so few meals price isn't a huge issue but don't want to spend more than say $60/person-- also I'll probably only do a meal like this once.
I'm planning on lou malnattis for pizza but that's all I've gotfrom my searching so far. I'm gonna stay away from Mexican food but am open to anything else.

Thanks for your help!

Jul 21, 2006
njr in Chicago Area

Mama Voula's - anyone been?

Amazing! Best Gyro in LA. And, to me, the best Greek salad as well. That's all I've had there because I can't bring myself to order anything else. Also phylo is very good for desert. Definitely worth a trip. I live in Hollywood but it's a destination when I'm on the westside. Be careful though-- closes early if I remember correctly.

Jul 18, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

City Bakery.

There've actually been some accolades for the cookie around here. I think people were more disappointed in the other food and the way they set it up.

Jul 18, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

food in Ojai / Ventura?

I second Reuben's for a burrito. I'm partial to the Thacher (hold the onions). They also have really excellent home-made horchata.
Boccali's for strawberry shortcake and pizza definitely.
If you like burgers the avocado burger at Ojai Frostie holds a special place in my heart. That might be more sentimental than anything though. In fact it probably is.
Eat your own hand before going to Carrow's. Even if it's late at night.
I have always had a wonderful time outside at Suzanne's.
Is the Coffee Emporium or whatever it's called right off the main strip still there? They always had great coffee for breakfast.
Ojai Cafe Emporium does have nice salads and a nice environment.
Ventura really is a culinary wasteland. Stay away...
Why do I get the feeling I went to high school with sfmags?

Jul 14, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

SIMON LA-- Anyone been?

Kerry Simon's new restaurant at the Sofitel. Curious if it's any good-- would love to hear people's opinions.

Jul 11, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

Really tasty, but quick & inexpensive near the ArchLight Theater in Hollywood

I've said this a couple of time but personally I find the food at Bowery abysmal. Cold fries. Small lame burger. Tired salads. Maybe I should give it another try but I have twice been very disappointed. Go to Hungry Cat and get a burger or Los Balcones. Both walking distance from the arclight parking lot.

Jul 11, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

BEST GELATO

My only reference point is places in LA (never been to Italy) but I'd have to put Boule up there with these other places. Less traditional but always mind blowing.

Jul 11, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

Anyone been to Ghetto Gourmet?

Thanks for the write up. This is kind of what I was expecting. The "burning man"/"let's talk about how great we are for doing this" aspect of the website put me off and I was afraid the meal would have the same atmosphere. That said, I'll keep an eye on the website and maybe attend if the visiting chef seems interesting.

Jun 29, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area

Anyone been to Ghetto Gourmet?

No-- but i'm very curious to hear how it is. I hope you'll post after your trip!

Jun 28, 2006
njr in Los Angeles Area