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Good farmers market with organics in/around Pasadena??

The S. Pasadena farmers market seems to be on an upswing with amazing organic vendors like McGrath Farms. Also check out Farmers Market Fairy. They do personal farmers market shopping and delivery from markets like the Santa Monica Wed and Hollywood Sunday markets.

Apr 18, 2011
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BEST SUSHI OF LOS ANGELES

R23 in Little Tokyo for traditional...it's all about the fish.
Azami on Melrose for good consistent food.
Geisha House for fun rolls.

Aug 11, 2007
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Geisha House Hollywood.. recently?

I've been there several times. The first time by accident...drunk and hungry. I didn't expect it to be any good. Tried one roll, and stayed. I went back a few weeks later wondering if I would like it, or if I had just had one too many. It was again very good. The quality of the fish is phenomenal. I don't care much for scenes, but the service has been perfect every time I've been there. I try to go early and on an off night, but more recently ended up there on a Saturday night. We of course had a reservation. It was crowded and loud, but I have to admit, a whole lot of fun. They had a great D.J. and the food was still awesome even though they were packed. If you like fun rolls, this is great food. If you want traditional sushi, you can still eat here...order sashimi or nigiri. If your ultimate goal is traditional food and low key atmosphere/no scene, go to R23 in Little Tokyo.

Aug 11, 2007
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Geisha House on LA Mag's top 10? What?

I'll second that.

Aug 11, 2007
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Opus overrated

My mistake, I actually think you are right...woopsy. So many changes, it gets confusing.

Aug 05, 2007
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Opus overrated

Thanks for the link.

Aug 04, 2007
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Opus overrated

That is a great chronicle. I completely agree that the challenge of keeping a restaurant with Western cuisine in business in K-Town is quite a feat. That is why I am so frustrated with my experience. I really want them to stay open and make things work. It really is the only place like it in this enormous neighborhood. I half assume I have been unlucky. One thing I can tell you is that it has definitely been in the current carnation of ownership and cuisine for about 2 years. I also did hear about the GM that was not so great. Like I have mentioned before, I wanted so much to like this place, and reviews like yours do make me go back, but I'm running out of steam, spending $100+, waiting to enjoy myself. I might just have to get in my car and go to The Hungry Cat or Luques.

Aug 04, 2007
Loveleenda in Los Angeles Area

Opus overrated

Wow. I didn't know there were so many passionate Opus eaters. I didn't mean to cause such a rucus. I do have a question for everyone though. I realize there is a tasting menu, which is obviously the thing to get. Someone in this thread has mentioned that it is not officially offered anymore. Opus has an entire menu. Why doesn't opus get any attention for it's actual menu, only for something that is not officially on the menu.

Aug 04, 2007
Loveleenda in Los Angeles Area

Opus overrated

The reason the staff spoke with me, is because I went there several times and sat at the bar...which is often empty. I am not friends with any of the employees there. I also did not expect them to be so candid. It just came up during friendly bar conversation. I mentioned enjoying the food, because there have been times when I have. There have also been times when I haven't. It is this inconsistency which bothers me. As far as staff turnover, of course a natural change of staff is inevitable. However, when you live in the neighborhood and literally see a staff change from week to week, that is not a good sign. We were also disappointed to see that the best bar staff, that was there the longest, was suddenly gone at one of our last visits. They were the most capable and knowledgeable that I experienced. When we returned shortly thereafter, there was a new staff that told us the other staff had been fired. It was this new staff that was the worst we experienced. This is precisely why I bemoan the staff turnover. They finally had an incredible staff, only to be eliminated. If the new staff was not good simply because they were "new", then this means the management is not training the staff well. I have had some great meals at Opus. I have experienced great staff at Opus. Just never at the same visit. My point is that I am befuddled by all of the hagiographic praise for Opus. I am easy going, and always ready to enjoy myself, but have yet to have an experience that is complete at this restaurant. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if some of the people on the posts about Opus went there blind without having heard of the chef, or read the reviews.

Aug 04, 2007
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Opus overrated

I just wanted to point out that I am commenting on my experience. It was real and very true, and unlike yours. They are NOT always accomodating. They did NOT inquire about our preferences. They DID tell us we would not likely be accomodated.

Aug 03, 2007
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Opus overrated

We learned about the "cleaning out" of staff from the bartenders as well as one of the past managers that "couldn't wait to get the hell out of here because the owners suck."

Aug 03, 2007
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Opus overrated

I don't mean to make this sound caddy, or like a conspiracy theory. It is merely an observation. When they first opened...I was there. There were half dressed women behind the bar. They did not provide good service. When we returned, there was a new staff. We thought this was a good sign. We figured they were still figuring out what works. This time, an all Korean female staff behind the bar. This did not strike me as odd, because it is Koreatown. Most restaurants in the neighborhood have Korean staff, male or female. It seemed logical. They were not attracting American clientelle. Then the multitude of changes continued, including the restaurant changing ownership. I have only sat at a table in the dining room once, so I don't pretend to comment on the different staff that wait tables, only on the bar staff. All I know, is that the one time we did sit at a table, we did not have good service. I don't care what my server/bartender looks like, as long as I get good service. One of the last times I went to Opus, the entire set of knowledgeable bartenders was gone, replaced once again with an all Korean female bar staff. When we asked when the other bartender was working, the bartender told us that the management fired the entire bar staff and hired an all new bar staff. I understand how I might sound like I'm inventing a problem, but this situation exists. I have at times enjoyed the food, other times I haven't. At times, I have enjoyed the staff, other times, I haven't. After working in restaurants for most of my life, it has been my experience that it all tricals down from the management. They are in control of all of these factors.

Aug 03, 2007
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Opus overrated

Honestly, our waitress was not accomodating. That is my problem with the restaurant in the first place. Inconsistency. She did not even mention the tasting menu to us. We had to ask a neighboring table what they were eating. I made a point to ask about substituting anything for lamb. She clearly said no. She mentioned that the chef has a set tasting menu, and that he really prefers not to change it. She discouraged us from ordering it, which I found to be disappointing, since this is so obviously what gets talked about so often. She was overall uninformative and absolutely not accomodating. I wish I had your experience. I wish I had your server, but after so many inconsistent visits, I'm not sure I've got it in me anymore.

Aug 03, 2007
Loveleenda in Los Angeles Area

Opus overrated

Honestly, our server did not even mention the tasting menu at first. We had to ask a neighboring table what they were eating. When I mentioned not being able to eat lamb, the waitress strongly discouraged us from ordering the tasting menu. She mentioned that the chef really does not like to change anything on the menu. This might not be the case, but she certainly implied that it was not up for debate.

Aug 03, 2007
Loveleenda in Los Angeles Area

Opus overrated

I had a bartender that could not make a manhattan, which is as classic as a gin martini. As for frou frou drinks, I ordered on from the Opus bar menu. None of the bartenders knew how to make them. They forgot to put in our dessert order. I did mention we had one excellent bartender. He was the only reason we kept returning. No one else (at the bar) has known about the food or wine. This has of course been over the span of the few years that Opus has been open. But everytime a new staff, that is strange.

Aug 03, 2007
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Opus overrated

I'm sure the tasting menu is a great value, and a great experience. Our waitress seemed reluctant to share any information about it. We had pull everything out of her.

Aug 01, 2007
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Opus overrated

I agree, the chef is very talented. I've been to Meson G, and enjoyed the food there as well. It's the management and staff that has left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Aug 01, 2007
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Opus overrated

Ethnicity certainly doesn't matter. However, the management seems to think so. Why else would the clean out they entire staff, bring in a new staff of a specific ethnicity, again and again. It bothers me that the management does this, sacrificing the quality of a talented staff for looks, etc. If the food is so great, why treat the staff this way.

Aug 01, 2007
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Opus overrated

Our waitress told us that the chef is very reluctant to change the tasting menu unless you are allergic. She was pretty adament about this.

Aug 01, 2007
Loveleenda in Los Angeles Area

Opus overrated

We always sit at the bar as well. Last night was the first time we sat at a table. We were wondering if our experience would be better. The staff is changing because they first of all can't keep a good staff due to lack of business, and second the owner keeps changing the actual bar staff in order to find what combination will actually bring in business (hence the sexy ladies who have absolutely no idea how to assemble a cocktail...I had to instruct them how to make a manhattan. yikes). I have worked in restaurants and bars for years, and the food and drinks should be able to stand on their own. The wait staff in the dining room may not change as much. Living in the neighborhood, I can see this place is never all that busy. This is strange to me, since it has been written about as well as talked about so much (I even heard an interview on KCRW recently). Why aren't they busy? At this point, I can only assume that others have not been impressed enough to return. I think the food can be good, but for us, it's always something that's not quite right. I have not tried the tasting menu...almost ordered it last night, but I can't eat lamb. The guy next to us had it, and said it was ok, but the lamb wasn't good. I'll probably go back in a few months...there aren't too many options in the area. I will be prepared to like it, but I am losing faith.

Jul 29, 2007
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Opus overrated

In the past, I have tried the steak. We've had pretty much all of the appetisers one time or another. Last nighe we had a hearts of palm salad with walnuts and peaches. That was pretty tasty. My boyfriend had the salmon entree...completely flavorless. I ordered butter poached shrimp with yukon potatoes and seafood emulsion. The shrimp was overcooked.

Jul 29, 2007
Loveleenda in Los Angeles Area

Opus overrated

I live in the area, and I have to say, after trying this restaurant several times, I am always left disappointed. Tonight was no exception. I really enjoy exciting food and bold flavors, but something is always missing at Opus. My boyfriend and I have been patiently (for years) waiting for the Koreatown revolution. We were so looking forward to the opening of Opus a few years ago. We tried it, there were a few kinks, we went back, some new kinks, again, new kinks, etc. They are constantly changing the knowledge/age/gender/skill/ethnicity of their staff. Clearly, the management is trying to find the right formula, but they can't seem to get it right. The restaurant has changed hands from brother to sister...originally a steak and seafood restaurant. We tried it a few times during the original phase. Super attractive female asian staff...Taylor's was far superior, steaks, service and all. Then came a transition, new staff. Sexy American Caucasion women. They knew little about the menu, wine, cocktails, etc. The food was generally ok, but overpriced considering the service. Then came the new management/ownership. The brother sold the restaurant to his sister (so we were told). My guess is that he grew tired of the lack of business, and saw the opportunity to escape...cut his losses. Soooo, the sister takes over. Then begins the miriad of staff and menu changes. The new chef gets a lot of press. We decide to try once again. The bar staff, mainly a young man whose name begins with a D, are knowledgeable and personable. This staff does a great job, though the food is still overpriced, inaccessible, and not really that impressive. We return soon after only to find him gone. They have fired their entire staff...this time it's a heathy mix of attractive Caucasian and Asian women. Tonight, a few months later, I have once again succumed to the temptation of Opus...new staff, mostly men. Our service was perfunctory and scripted, the food was bland, overcooked, not special. Our neighboring table concurred. I have read countless reviews between the newspapers and food magazines. These reviews have led me back to Opus, always ready to enjoy myself. I can't help but wonder if these reviewers may have received extra special treatment, or if the restaurant was having a great day, or if I am just completely nuts. Regardless, my experiences have all been tepid at best. Go to Opus if you wish, but don't expect much, and you won't be let down.

Jul 28, 2007
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