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Best Indian food in LA?

indeed,mayura was terrible when i went. the drumstick veg in the avial was tough and stringy and it had a strange and very strong taste of washing up.

looking for korean grapes

ive seen the japanese koho varietal at the calabassas on saturdays, the first large fruit vendor to the left when you enter the side from pedlars fork. they were delicious.

Downtown help?

or maybe try alma if you havent yet, before their impending doom :)

Downtown help?

im not sure if youre aware but orsa and winston is no longer tasting menu, its more izakaya inspired.

i love bar ama and their puffy tacos. redbird is also lovely. i just moved away from dtla and sorely miss that neighbourhood.

Good Vegetarian?

le comptoir is also great, because although the menu is vegetarian, if you have a dining companion who chooses to eat meat, they can purchase meat or seafood menu upgrades. great place, though. the chef grows all of his own veg.

men oh has the best vegetarian ramen in my experience.

if you want a lot of options close together, the arts district has the springs building with high end vegan options, as well as zinc and cafe gratitude.

blossom has great pho chay. (everything else is middlin to terrible) saint martha has great and intrigung veggies, as does the wallace.

Visiting NYC.. Please help with my Itinerary?

correct, i was only referring to le bain for the view.

Nov 13, 2014
monpetitescargot in Manhattan

Visiting NYC.. Please help with my Itinerary?

neither of those really appeal to me. i don't really need a chinese option or something that's super "fun" i guess the menu there seemed entertaining to me? you're right, it was a bit misleading to call it a fun option. i just want something interesting and unique.

Nov 13, 2014
monpetitescargot in Manhattan

Visiting NYC.. Please help with my Itinerary?

okay. thanks for your input. could you possibly reccommend some other interesting choice for breakfast??

yeah, i wasn't certain on the first two as they dont have menus online. i was comfortable with what uncle boon's had to offer for vegetarians.i don't expect half of a menu dedicated to vegetarian cuisine, i dont really need to be spoiled for choice as long as what they do offer is solid. thanks again!

Nov 13, 2014
monpetitescargot in Manhattan

Visiting NYC.. Please help with my Itinerary?

honestly, i like a place with a view and campbell apartment came up a few times on this board in threads discussing thismatter. what do you reccommend?

Nov 13, 2014
monpetitescargot in Manhattan

Visiting NYC.. Please help with my Itinerary?

Hello! So, to preface, I've live in LA for two years (DC and London/Plymouth, UK prior to that) and I am coming to NYC for a holiday weekend in a few weeks. I haven't been to NYC in six or seven years!
This is what I've kind of come up with thus far but I'm looking for one evening for a very special meal, something that you really think is heads and shoulders above other NYC food. Price isn't really a problem. However, I am vegetarian and my dining companion is a blatant carnivore. So no Kajitsu for me and no steak-centric restaurants for DC. Michelin stars are a plus. Thanks!

Thursday Dinner:
Maybe Vic's or Marta? I think the menu looks better at Vic's and Marta is surrounded by too much hype? Not sure..
Breakfast- Balthazar
Lunch- Cocoron for soba
Dinner- Maybe this will be *the* dinner? Suggestions please? kind of don't know where to go with this one. Thanks.
breakfast- okonomi
Lunch- Caracas Arepas or Ivan Ramen?
Dinner- I'd like either something funlike Jeepney/Maharlika or Uncle Boon's??? Or maybe Narcissa or Anissa.... Input is appreciated
Brunch at Milly's before I depart?

I shall be staying at the Ludlow with my dog in the skybox. We are also planning to visit Rice to riches (lol), Chelsea Market for food shopping, Campbell Apartment and Le Bain for drinks? Anything else I can't miss? Thanks so much for your time, in advance.

EDIT: Also, in my initial research I had found some little like.. Asian( I know, very broad) and Italian (or something) fusion place? good reviews, beautiful plates...really small restaurant that looked interesting, i forgot to bookmark it. I know it's a long shot but if it rings any bells with anyone I would be very appreciative.

Nov 13, 2014
monpetitescargot in Manhattan

Looking for restaurant suggestions

I'm so on the fence about Ivan Ramen. I'm reading this thread because im coming to nyc in about a month and I'm so undecided as to whether it's worth it or not. That being said- I'm also a huge Japanese noodle fan. (I'm already planning a trip to Cocoron on the LES for soba) Anyhow, anyone care to chime in on this or suggest their favourite location for Ivan Ramen?

Nov 13, 2014
monpetitescargot in Manhattan

Crossroads Kitchen - Pasta Bolognese

ooohh i am a vegetarian and i've been to crossroads and haven't had that, but must try it when i'm back. i've always ignored the section at the bottom with the lasagne and all that nonsense.

thanks for sharing. i would love to hear more about the rest of your experience there.

and while not pasta bolognese, have you tried that handkerchief pasta with almond pesto at the factory kitchen? that was one of the best pastas i've had since italy.

Saint Martha

ooohhh that tomato dish looks good. i'll have to try it out some time this week.

Last minute business trip to SF tonite thru early Monday evening- HELP?!

Also, any thoughts on Mission Chinese Food?
Thanks again!

Last minute business trip to SF tonite thru early Monday evening- HELP?!

Okay, just found out I am travelling to SF (from LA - lived here for a year and a half, native to England and the east coast - DC + Virginia area)

I used to fly to San Francisco all the time for a period of about 4 years or so- but that was six or seven years ago so I'm a bit out of touch. Places I've dined in SF in the past and loved - Quince, Boulevard, Limon, Canteen, Country Station, Minako, the veggie sandos at Atlas Cafe, Bi-Rite Creamery, Tartine and I've been to the Ferry Plaza Market dozens of times for oyster happy hours and to load up on foods from delica and miette for my plane ride home.

I am currently a vegetarian (for a little over a month now- a return to the lifestyle after eight years of meat eating)
I have a tentative rez for Chez Panisse tonite, but am thinking of trying Bar Tartine if I can't get in there.
Also, I am curious about the Balls Deep Arancini pop-up..has anyone tried this? worth giving it a go?

I was going to try Ike's place rite after work (8-3), as the dream of LA getting their own Ike's kind of fizzled and died.
Humphrey Slocombe in the evening as a snack
and Burma Superstar for dinner

Seen Jook Guen at Wing Lee directly after work (10-3)as a snack
And i'm hoping to hit upthe Hapa Ramen pop-up before I leave..

Other than that, does anyone know when Bespoke dougnuts pops-up and where? I tried gleaning info for the next coming days from twitter but I didn't find much information. Also, are they really wonderful?

Also, any thoughts on Cafe jacqueline? If I can't get dinner at one of the other places (Hapa or Burma Superstar) I was thinking about trying this, it's a place that has always intrigued me.

Any other tips on interesting things like hidden gems and especially snacky foods are appreciated.

Thanks ever so much, in advance...I'm excited to eat in this city again.

first trip to vegas, a few questions.

is it one of the dishes you would recommend ordering if you only had one experience ever at lotus of siam?

Jun 16, 2013
monpetitescargot in Las Vegas

first trip to vegas, a few questions.

thanks for the information about viva arepas. my boyfriend will love that they have a good mixed grill. will take your advice as well and try a cachapa.

any thoughts on nielsens? i used to eat this frozen custard from this place in virginia that has proved impossible to beat as of yet so my bar is set pretty high. thanks again.

Jun 16, 2013
monpetitescargot in Las Vegas

first trip to vegas, a few questions.

haha- yes! i am coming in for edc.

thanks for such a detailed response and for answering directly some of the questions i had. (ie arepas, luv its..) and for the advice about the heat- especially cracking the windows and about putting liquids and heat conducting objects in the sun. i think we're following your advice about the car sunscreen. we park on a rooftop in los angeles and we should probably invest in one anyhow... okay, back to the chow!

i was considering le thai and komol looks good and gets good reviews but i think lotus of siam will be cornering themarket on thai for us but we'll keep them as options just in case. my boyfriend gets cranky hungry if lines are too long.

rincon criolla looks good and ive added it to the list- gold spike, however appears to be closed for good, upon some research. tiffany's will go on the list because 24 hours is always a good thing for a festival that goes until like 7 am. and after a night of partying there is little i like more than a greek omelette.

velveteen rabbit looks cool, as does the beat. i love vinyl!

thanks again for your help! so very much. well tune in to 96.7. plur!

Jun 16, 2013
monpetitescargot in Las Vegas

first trip to vegas, a few questions.

okay, great. so, luv its, it is! totally great tip about the arepa followed by some frozen custard. makes so much sense.

thanks for also answering my fish cake quandry. from what i gather, it seems that pretty much everything at lotus of siam is great.

also, the frost bites truck looks great. esp the mango flavour, yum! will try to make a trek out there. love the harp seal graphic on the truck, too. thanks so muchly!

Jun 15, 2013
monpetitescargot in Las Vegas

first trip to vegas, a few questions.

so no thoughts on the foie gras app or the nielsens vs luv its debate?

Jun 13, 2013
monpetitescargot in Las Vegas

first trip to vegas, a few questions.

hello, so this is my first visit to las vegas and i am quite excited as i've not quite experienced the unique culinary culture before. i kind of plan on roaming the strip with my boyfriend and having some snacks and drinks in various places. we're going to a music festival at nights so no long, ceremonious dinners are planned.
we will be in the city from friday afternoon until monday afternoonish. we'll be driving through red rocks on the way in to get some nature in. : )
things i've kind of planned (and this is so loose):
*lotus of siam (obviously?)- any thoughts about the fishcake appetizer with the cucumber salad etc? i liked the idea, but found no reviews online.
*ice pan- im so intrigued by this method of ice cream making.
*luv it frozen custard or nielsens? (maybe both? i lovefrozen dairy)
*viva la arepas
*china poblano
*shaanxi gourmet (should i skip this? we have pretty excellent chinese in the sgv...)

okay, so to begin with, i currently reside in los angeles and so i need some foie gras. what is the foie gras app i need to order, preferably at the bar at an early dinner hour like 5 or 6, nice drinks and a nice view would be a plus. but killer foie gras is key. preferably no tasting menu item recs or entrees, thanks.

also, i would like some really nice views of the city somewhere with reasonable drinks, like not over 15 dollars... and maybe a nice bite at the bar? a couple recs on this? its hard for me to read what's what amongst the cheesy celebrity restaurant silliness.

any other general tips are welcome. thanks so much in advance. can't wait to come see what las vegas is all about.

Jun 11, 2013
monpetitescargot in Las Vegas

any recent red medicine visits?

Looking for menu recommendations or tips. No qualms or food allergies here, everything is fair game.
We're planning on going Wednesday evening.
Is it better to eat at the bar or get the full dinner menu? So many things on both menus catch my eye.
Cheers, thanks in advance.

Bar Ama not what I hoped it would be

sigh! we enjoyed bar ama. we had puffy tacos, which we enjoyed. we also liked the fideo with octopus. the head ham was really underwhelming., drinks were great and the veg side we had was very nice. deep fried potatoes, i think.

American (traditional)

bar ama has some great tex mex so its mexican and american. not super upscale but hip and good drinks and food.

American (traditional)

i recently went to engine co and it was dreadful. i wouldnt recommend it to anyone.

Farmshop disappointment

what? really? i think it should be the kitchen's responsibility to always season correctly at the get out. if i wanted to season my own food, i would cook at home.

anyhow, this is mainly a review on service and not food. i know both are important but i actually think they offered good service because they did comp your drinks in the end. so they recftified your misunderstanding.

DineLA Returns January 2013

i was just reading the dine la list. any thoughts about the true bargains on this list? i just moved to los angeles a month ago and given the daunting size of the list, im finding it a tad bit overwhelming. i live downtown so i would sort of like to try something that isn't in my living quarters, if you will.

Any Great Turkish Places in Los Angeles?

ima big fan of the place youre talking about, at the back of st. vincent square. it's really nice. st. vincent square is an interesting dtla experience in and of itself. loads of little persian, turkish, armenian men drinking coffees, smoking cigarettes and playing dominoes. we had a the appplatter which had really lovely feta and falafel and the taboullleh which was quite nice. the doner kebab wrap was pretty great. service was excellent. atmosphere was entirely unique.

Need restaurant for group of 20 for 30th bday party - around downtown

or how about starry kitchen? they do family style everything, which can lend itself to being quite cost efficient. also, im pretty sure they would have the space. definitely a cool vibe and not stuffy but with great and interesting food.

Downtown Los Angeles

bar ama is still very new... not sure about the great part yet, but it was quite full last nite during art walk.