j

Johnny L's Profile

Title Last Reply

New Taco Bell in Shibuya

Aw damn they had Japan only items? Shoulda tried it before I left.

about 3 hours ago
Johnny L in Japan

Where to eat Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, etc.)

I would pass on sushi zanmai unless you just need a quick cheap meal but even then there are better options: For example if you go to shibuya you can go to http://www.picrumb.com/best-restauran... for conveyor belt sushi. I was skeptical at the prices but its surprisingly decent sushi for 120 yen starting per plate.

For tempura: daikokuya is a chain I believe (which isnt a bad thing in Japan) but check out Hannosuke Tendon if you have a chance in Nihombashi area.

May 18, 2015
Johnny L in Japan

New Taco Bell in Shibuya

I walked by several times on my trip and there was usually a line of 15+ people during busier hours.

That said the menu looks pretty much the same as the American ones so if you are familiar then avoid like the plague.

May 18, 2015
Johnny L in Japan

Where to get A5 wagyu?

That's A5 quality for sure. I just got back from Tokyo and that level of marbling is a waste of money IMO because all you really taste is fat at that point.

Personally I would just get some Snake River Farms stuff at least it will still taste like beef and not fat.

din tai fung moving to santa anita mall?

EaterLA isn't as well informed as I am trust me.

Apr 29, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Sweetfin Poké in Santa Monica (A Photo Story)

The prices are prob high due to Santa Monica rents + using sustainable fish

Apr 29, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Chefs Table: Cool Culinary Myth Making

While I don't discount blacksmiths and such as craftsmen they are a dying breed and there are fewer of them with each passing year while the number of chefs stays pretty constant. If anything cooking could be one of the last crafts to become automated.

But thanks for the link to the youtube video, had no idea it existed, will def watch.

Apr 25, 2015
Johnny L in Food Media & News

din tai fung moving to santa anita mall?

No its not in addition. Its a relocation.

Apr 25, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

YAMAKASE - END OF AN ERA

Is it even a real restaurant? I'm not even sure if the space is permitted to be one.

Apr 12, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
1

I don't understand Jeni's

It's not bad but with Milk being more convenient for me I don't see why I would return.

Mar 27, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Whiz - Bang for your Burger Buck

well nobody is saying you can get a great cheesesteak on the left coast.

Mar 24, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Whiz - Bang for your Burger Buck

Haven't tried the burgers but I would pass on the cheesesteaks. You can get much better at Boo's a few blocks away.

Mar 23, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

What time does a party of 4 have to get to Kang hodong baekjong on a friday to not have to wait an hour or more for a table?

supposedly some of the same partners/parties are involved in Quarters as well (makes sense since they can just get the overflow and bar business while people wait or don't wait for Kang Hodong)

Mar 21, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Yet another "Please help me plan my meals" thread - at least I've done some preliminary research!

usually at these small high end places you sit at a counter and private rooms are for larger parties.

Mar 21, 2015
Johnny L in Japan

Where to buy chicken or duck fat for a reasonable price

If you can somehow special order from jidori they will sell you straight up chicken fat for $1/lb or less and then you just render it.

$10 gets you way more than you would probably need. Unfortunately if you aren't in the industry I'm not sure how you would get about ordering it but try asking your local butcher that stocks jidori to see if they would order it for you.

Mar 21, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Yet another "Please help me plan my meals" thread - at least I've done some preliminary research!

For DEN you can just call to make a reservation up to 2 months in advance. I did it last time and I am going back in May and plan to go back again.

Feb 28, 2015
Johnny L in Japan

The San Gabriel Valley Is Moving East

To be a visionary you have to see past the 57.

Jan 29, 2015
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Must do foodie stuff in Tokyo?

Check out the depachika's (basement grocery department and food halls) there are many in the city, some say Isetan in Shinjuku is the best one.

Go to kappabashi dori (kitchen street) the restaurant supply district of Tokyo where you can find great deals on kitchenware especially now that the Yen has depreciated against most major currencies.

Dec 27, 2014
Johnny L in Japan
1

In search of... Japanese Whisky for sale in L.A. area

Wing Hop Fung in Chinatown will have some for sure I saw it.

Dec 24, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Cassels Hamburgers Opening!

Just came back from their soft opening tonight. I can easily say its the best burger in KTown, and one of the best burgers for miles around.

I'm simple with my burgers, I don't need fancy fixings and they get it right. Good seasoning on the beef, good quality beef, nice sear, nicely toasted quality bun. Definitely will keep it as part of my rotation.

Dec 22, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Torihei Yakitori Robata Dining (A Photo Story and Review)

I'd also recommend the tripe stew or chicken offal stew. I forget the Japanese name but its a miso based stew with chicken scraps and offal. Goes so great with beer on a cold night.

Dec 19, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Cassels Hamburgers Opening!

I can walk to Cassel's. I'd rather not take an uber to HMS (let's just assume we are taking Uber because driving and finding free street parking in primetime KTown is as good as winning the lottery.) An uber there and back will costs me $6-7 roundtrip so I'd have to factor that into the costs of going to HMS.

Dec 19, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

The Closures Continue... Mo-Chica Closing This Weekend

Picca will most likely survive because it has Bill Chait as an investor and it runs itself separate from the Mo-Chica and Paiche due to the ownership differences.

From what I heard Picca was always the best out of all the locations because Ricardo wasn't messing it up there all the time.

Dec 19, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
1

Which Anova Sous Vide Device?

You don't need to do 20 hours for chicken thigh at 160F.

5 hour should suffice especially at that temperature the chicken will already have broken down if not by 4 hours. After that point it will only get drier.

Dec 19, 2014
Johnny L in Cookware

Has Water Grill DTLA jumped the shark forever?

Mark Peel doesn't have an oyster bar and GCM.

The oyster bar at GCM is decent.

Dec 17, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Cassels Hamburgers Opening!

But in KTown there aren't really any good burgers. I live a few blocks away and wouldn't mind a decent burger even if I have to pay inflated hipster prices beats driving to Plan Check or Father's Office.

Dec 17, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Rivera Closing by End of the Year

The problem is the place would have been better suited if the convention center was as busy as it should be and if Staple center attracted more sophisticated diners who were willing to spend the money. I can see how it relocating to the Westside might make more sense.

Dec 14, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

You can't tell me how to eat my sandwich. If I can hold it properly and put it inside my mouth then that's the correct way to eat it.

Dec 12, 2014
Johnny L in Los Angeles Area
1

Rivera Closing by End of the Year

Might be interested in going for nostalgia sake, takers?

Live Lobster Prices - Old topic, but a new year.

Well they must have worked fast because I've been going there for 2 weeks now and its a really clean place. Good seafood and meat section and surprisingly decent vegetable section.