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Molecular/ Modern Cuisine in LA or Malibu

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about 19 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Now that Mr. Taster™ is gone, can we please discuss Gjusta?

Seems like it - I would have expected some sort of "reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated" if not.

about 19 hours ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Now that Mr. Taster™ is gone, can we please discuss Gjusta?

Thanks, Heldaur - fun review indeed.
It sure sound terribly uncomfortable to go and eat there though.

2 days ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Now that Mr. Taster™ is gone, can we please discuss Gjusta?

Just to be clear, sel - "...hipster joint..." is just me making fun of Mr Taster's anti-proclivities, not my own concern at all.

I myself have "ironic" facial hair, a pair (or two) of skinny jeans (that don't fit), wear silly head gear and happily overpay for trendy food and drink whenever possible.

L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- BURGERS

My God - I can count your fillings in relief from that shot.

2 days ago
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Now that Mr. Taster™ is gone, can we please discuss Gjusta?

Thanks weinermobole, am I correct to assume they do call-in/pick-up orders?

Feb 26, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Now that Mr. Taster™ is gone, can we please discuss Gjusta?

I know he would not have liked us discussing such a hipster joint with outrageous pricing.

I am wondering about their sandwiches, not the bakery; specifically:
a) I can find no website that lists what they offer
b) reviews/reports/thoughts?
TIA
Bob

L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- Voting

SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

Feb 26, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

Water Grill(s)

Feb 26, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Twain's

drug dealers miss it

Feb 24, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

Yes, PGL, good point about the expansion - I'll meet you there for lunch as soon as it is up and running and I can eat at a normal time and get back to work before Happy Hour!

Hopefully they will take over that blight of a tobacco shop, The Tinder Box, as well. I realize, to some, it is a cute reminder of our "Merry Olde" former colonizers but it really doesn't belong in modern Santa Monica and it stinks.

Feb 24, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Good & easy casual dinner in SaMo/Venice TONIGHT

Yes, but not much.
I think at both L and D, it depends on what time you go. But it is never quit
- just quitER.

Feb 24, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

That lobster mash is a joke on people who want to throw good money away...it is just terrible. But I like the steaks...or did before the BH outpost became such a circus - it feels like going to Mastros-land now, a weird semi-adult theme park.

Feb 24, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Good & easy casual dinner in SaMo/Venice TONIGHT

Monte Alban on Santa Monica Blvd.
Tsujita Ramen on Sawtelle (if that is too far for lunch, Shin Sen Gumi Ramen or Ramen Hayatemura on Santa Monica will keep you West of the 405).

Feb 24, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

That is the only way to do m/o - earlier (for lunch after 11:45/dinner after 6:05 otherwise you are f*%#ed).
As a diner, rather than someone who hires caterers often, I find it hard to understand why that place is the way it is - such a huge kitchen & tiny dining area, and that wide counter/bar takes up so much space.

It is like they are actively discouraging comfortable dining...and maybe they are; two reasons come to mind and probably there are other, better reasons:
a) rapid turnover
b) they care more about dining as a way of boosting the catering business (which is where the real money is vis-a-vis a place that has no booze.

Feb 24, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

Melisse.
It is fine, in fact, it is better than fine.
But it is not a world class restaurant for me.

Feb 23, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area
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Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

Unless you are interested in a very good steak, I have to respectfully disagree with the Dan Tana's recommendation; only the steak at Tana's could remotely be described as "phenomenal food." Tana's has much else to recommend it - a fun bar and an interesting crowd - but that's not for you, per you post.

Feb 23, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Good & easy casual dinner in SaMo/Venice TONIGHT

Better than Taco Por Favor

Tacomeindo
Guerrilla Tacos (truck, culver city, Wednedsday only)
Tacos Puntas Cabras
Marisco Chentes (marlin tacos)

Feb 23, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

One day and night in Santa Monica - Where to eat?

I had two quite good food experiences at Brilliantshine. Enjoyed almost everything.

Feb 19, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

The chicharones are one of my favorite dishes in LA. And the snook.

Feb 19, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

One day and night in Santa Monica - Where to eat?

T & R is a great choice too.

Feb 18, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Redbird - Flying High

Chicken Pot Pie should have been 3 1/2

Feb 18, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get frozen raccoons?

thanks

Feb 18, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Westside restaurant where you can watch the Oscars?

It is hard to imagine it being at all possible to get anywhere close to the Magic Castle on Oscar day/night unless being dropped in by a drone. And even then, a SWAT sharpshooter would probable take you out first.

As for Mr. Taster, for his next trick, he will make himself disappear.

Westside restaurant where you can watch the Oscars?

I think Spago used to do it.

Feb 18, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

One day and night in Santa Monica - Where to eat?

Brilliantshine
Rustic Canyon

Taco Puntas Cabras

Feb 18, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Redbird - Flying High

Very good meal last night at Redbird.
A welcome addition, I would say, beautiful space, and wonderful service

Tempura Smelt -- 1/2 Star
Potato Crusted Pork Shank -- 2 Stars
Chicken Pot Pie (with heart!) -- 2 1/2 Stars
Thai Style Dungeness Crab Crab soup -- 4 Stars
Braised Goat Gamelli -- 4 Stars
Rabbitchetta - 5 STARS

This was a meal that got better and better as the stars reflect - which is so different from so many places where the appetizers are much better than the main courses.
The only thing I didn't care for was the smelt - AND I LOVE FRIED SMELT. They just didn't pop, seemed too greasy, like they were not dried properly or sat around a little too long before serving. The grilled lemon was a nice touch though. The staff was SUPER abut replacing them and not charging us for the smelt or the replacement.

There is a really cool looking big rotisserie style "grill" (or something) outside and they get a wonderful smokey flavor on the pork shank and the goat and the rabbit - I assume it was from that contraption but I don't know if that is where it came from - either way - REAL good.

Feb 18, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

3 tough customers - hope sergio brings his a-game

Shunji--My Best Meal in LA

sounds great
no pics needed - your words do the job

Feb 18, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get frozen raccoons?

thanks, ocsteve, but I am still confused, maybe a post was removed with a link to a video????

Feb 17, 2015
Ciao Bob in Los Angeles Area