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Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

We decided to go with Eight Korean BBQ because of our affection for pork belly. I'll be sure to report back on the experience.

Oct 26, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Actually, Kang Hodong Baekjeong might be the priority. I remember reading about this place a while ago and telling myself to visit. The wait sounds daunting, but maybe we'll go nice and early.

Oct 26, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Soowon Galbi looks really good. That might have just jumped to the top of the list. Do they accommodate parties of around 8 people?

Oct 26, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Please keep in mind this was recalled from memory and it was my wife's dish, so "uni porridge" could be my interpretation of something that wasn't uni porridge. I remember it was creamy and rich with a texture similar to grits and the waitress mentioned uni and it was delicious. I just don't want you to go there expecting one thing and getting another.

Oct 26, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Okay, I think I can recall the basics of each dish. I went with my wife and tried her food as well, so I basically tasted the entire menu except for the beef heart tartare available as a first course. Here goes...

Amuse bouche was green gazpacho with an avocado and possibly melon base. Awesome.

First course was a abalone and lobster salad in tomato water with some cherry tomatoes, jalapeno and like an avocado mousse. Extremely refreshing and everything worked really well together. I didn't leave a drop.

Second course my wife had crab meat on top of a creamy uni porridge or something like that. It was rich and superb--bursting with flavor. I had a grilled calamari taco on squid-ink tortilla that was garnished with spicy peanuts and some herbs. Very, very good, but not a standout the way my wife's dish was.

For the third course my wife had the sunchokes and brussel sprouts that came with some sort of black risotto-type concoction. Excellent and unique. I had the black cod with braised lettuce and pineapple in a sort of sweet, creamy sauce. It was another highlight for me. Absolutely addictive taste with flavor in every morsel, and the fish was cooked perfectly.

For the fourth and final course, my wife ordered the beef short rib which came with some sort of purple puree--it was another knockout. I got the duck which was served two ways (one breast or something solid like that and one confit) with a tangy orange sauce that almost came off as cross between a traditional Asian orange sauce and maple syrup. A phenomenal blend of flavor, though I might have preferred my wife's short rib by just a hair.

There was no real dessert course, though they did drop off some sort of treated yams that were tasty. We got sangria with out meal, which had a terrific aroma of cinnamon and wasn't overly sweet.

So to answer a previous post, there was no campechana and pozoloe. However, I was 100% happy with the meal and can't wait to hear more about what this chef pulls out of his sleeve.

Thanks again for the rec!!!

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Went to Taco Maria earlier tonight and was not disappointed in the slightest! A tremendous meal from beginning to end that featured what I would almost call a completely successful chemistry of flavors. Every morsel was simply oozing with deliciousness. Thanks for the rec!!!

Now, I think the only remaining destination meal I have time for is Korean BBQ with a group of friends. So far the places that have been suggested are Eight Korean BBQ and Sun Ha Jang and I'd love to get more input on both. Of course, if anyone has any must-try Korean BBQ joints (aside from the two mentioned and Park's) please share!!!

Oct 25, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

I do agree that the $40 lunch special at Shunji, which I've had many times, is definitely more of an experience and arguably superior for its variety and dynamic. However, the $40 lunch at Kiyokawa is a little more comforting and dare I say liberating in that you don't feel put on the spot with a sushi chef leering over your every bite and you sort of know what to expect. It's like the perfect combination of a casual sushi lunch with classic high-end sushi such as toro and uni with shaved truffle, etc. Also, bear in mind there is no "$40 lunch special" at Kiyokawa, this is something you have to ask for and I wouldn't recommend doing it until the chef/owner recognizes you as a repeat customer.

Oct 24, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

I'm not sure if you're a strict omakase kind of eater, but I heartily recommend going in for lunch and asking for a $40 sushi lunch. He includes a nice assortment of premium fish--truly delicious at a good price.

Oct 24, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

To be honest, I haven't had Chinese in quite some time. But the most memorable Chinese meals I had were in NYC. It was decades ago, however, so things might have changed. Preference is possibly the wrong word.

Oct 24, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

Just to throw out a recommendation I don't see too often on this board, I've always been very satisfied with the lunch specials at Kiyokawa in Beverly Hills. I usually ask to "upgrade" by adding an extra $10 or $20 onto the sushi plate or chirashi bowl and the chef doesn't skimp on the good stuff. I would say I'm more generally satisfied with my upgraded lunch specials than I was with the omakase I had there for dinner a few years ago. Anyway, it sounds like you have your meals all mapped out, but I figured I'd show a little love for this place, which doesn't get mentioned very often.

Oct 24, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Is Sea Harbour Dim Sum? Any must-have dishes?

Oct 23, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

I've done a pretty decent job at avoiding the worst of LA traffic during my 10 years here. But that's mostly because I used to walk to work and now work from home. As far as Saturday goes, I'll be heading out nice and early so I can stop at a store in Torrance and then my wife and I can spend the day in Costa Mesa.

Oct 23, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Unfortunately, I don't think I'll make it to Babita. Opted for Taco Maria instead.

Oct 23, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

That's twice Sea Harbour has been mentioned. I think we'll be in the San Gabriel Valley on Sunday. I'll try to check it out.

Oct 23, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Just made a reservation for 2 on Saturday night with no problems. I'd say that was fairly painless!

Oct 23, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

I'm going to look into how easy it is to score a reservation. If it's a painless process, I might try to go on Saturday night. It's a pain in the butt getting to Costa Mesa from LA, especially for dinner. It always takes twice as long as it should.

Oct 23, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Throw out a few names and maybe I'll take the trip. I'm not all that eager to go out of my way for Chinese food, but on the other hand this will be possibly my last chance to do so.

Oct 23, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

I ended up going with Bucato, and I'm glad I did. My wife and I got there very early because we were going to see a movie at 6:45, so we were virtually alone in the restaurant. We got the focaccia, the spicy meatballs, the hen ragu pasta dish, and the rib-eye. All were knock-outs. A very tasty meal!!!

Oct 23, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

I'm all about the food. Truthfully, I'll take a good meal over ambiance pretty much any day of the week, especially when the ambiance comes with a huge mark-up in price and encourages me to dress well.

Oct 23, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

I've tried Angelini multiple times. A big fan.

Oct 23, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Done that too. Delicious!

Oct 23, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Have you tried Bucato? How do you think it compares? I've more or less settled on Bucato as being my "final" Italian dinner unless you'd like to add something that will make me shift gears.

Oct 22, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

And have you been to Taco Maria? I'm trying to narrow things down by this point.

Oct 22, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

True. Plus, I'm the kind of person who wants to try as much as possible as opposed to revisiting old favorites.

Oct 22, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Have you been to Taco Maria for dinner? I've probably got room for one last Mexican meal and that restaurant comes highly (and frequently) recommended.

Oct 22, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

I've tried Night + Market and Sapp. I've done omakase at Mori and just regular sushi lunches there as well. Right now it's between Tsujita and Ike's place in Pasadena for my farewell omakase--suggestions between those two are welcome. Thanks for the for other recs!

Oct 22, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

I have eaten Thai in Hollywood at just about every recommended place many times. I love the food and miss it dearly when I'm pretty much anywhere else in the country.

Oct 22, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

I've tried those places and love them dearly, especially Ruen Pair. Of course, that won't stop me from trying them again but I have a lot of other places to get to first!

Oct 22, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Never tried it. Not sure I'll have the time, but I'll try. Thanks!

Oct 22, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area

Final meals before saying good-bye to LA...

Been there. Done that. Many, many times.

Oct 21, 2014
bopdd in Los Angeles Area