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L.A. Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants in Los Angeles 2015 is Out

Yay. Another list.

about 9 hours ago
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Best French dinner in LA?

You are a true geekfanboy...

about 10 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best French dinner in LA?

A quick interweb search yields his twitter account and Chef Eme declaring something to the effect of (and I am paraphrasing here): "Yes, I will open another restaurant, but I don't yet know when..."

about 10 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Best French dinner in LA?

Damn I so miss Ortolan right about now...

Hotel Sofitel should get their 'merde' sorted out and get a formal, baller, blue-blooded, "bring out the tux" French restaurant going. I think there would be a market for that in L.A.

about 12 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

private room in San Gabriel Valley for Chinese dinner?

Elite, Sea Harbour, 888.

1 day ago
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Weekday lunch - Unique atmosphere - LA

Fred's at Barneys (in Beverly Hills)
Hotel Bel Air
Ray's and Stark Bar (at LACMA)
Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar
Pacific Dining Car (Downtown)

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

private room in San Gabriel Valley for Chinese dinner?

As stated above: Quite ubiquitous.

1 day ago
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Quiet, interesting restaurant downtown or hollywood

Aw yeah... Props to Chef Tim at Papilles for bringing it day after day.

2 days ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

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

When ketchup appears at f.o...

http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/9-01-20...

Quiet, interesting restaurant downtown or hollywood

Papilles

2 days ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, March 2015 -- SEAFOOD SANDWICHES

I see your Yamakase creation, and I raise with shaved truffles AND uni.

Mar 02, 2015
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Lite dinner at Mori Sushi

Now that's MY kind of light dinner... Bravo!

Mar 01, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

spot prawns

Providence. Here is a link to how they prepare spot prawn:

http://www.chow.com/food-news/54537/t...

Mar 01, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

Now that's good slummin'...

Feb 28, 2015
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Molecular/ Modern Cuisine in LA or Malibu

Not exactly. Saam is the special "chef's table" within Bazaar itself. Tasting menu only - no a la carte options.

Feb 28, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Molecular/ Modern Cuisine in LA or Malibu

Do Saam. Just a warning though: L.A. is not a particularly strong molecular town.

Try Atelier Crenn in S.F. - they might be able to hold your reception. But do also understand it may not be realistic to expect decent off-site molecular catering from any chef of renown - this genre of food preparation may not exactly be "off-site friendly".

Feb 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Random musings on Don Antonio's and life

Yay for finding what you were looking for. Chowhound is great like that. We miss Servorg.

New School Kitchen Brings Dim Sum To The Sawtelle Corridor (Well Sort Of)

OK I made the initial visit - Soft opening discount of 15% off prices until tomorrow (when the grand opening party happens). They were pretty busy, but I got my food fast. Service is very friendly.

Not dim sum, but I liked it nonetheless: Their brussel sprouts.

As for the dim sum, it's fairly middle-of-the-road fare. I thought their best dishes were the har gow and lotus leaf sticky rice (bonus points scored for including Taiwanese sausage in the rice!). The baked char siu bao were a tad cold, and the filling tasted a bit "limp".

Taking a cue from Momofuku, their pork belly "bao" was pretty good. The pork belly was tasty, but the slaw that goes on it overpowered the texture - cilantro alone would have sufficed (but that's just my preference). Also, I would have liked plum sauce instead of hoisin or Sriracha on that bao.

We're spoiled in L.A. in that the dim sum selections are numerous throughout the city. But I gotta say, if you live on the Westside, there is definitely a value in not having to leave Westside for a decent quick takeout har gow. This place, with its Sawtelle location, will likely do well.

Planned menu item (the staff says they should be starting to serve it within the next week): Hainan Chicken Rice!!! If they do a good job with this dish, then I predict a significant surge of new business here. This place is definitely looking to fill some niches & scratch some itches here on Sawtelle.

Feb 27, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Altadena Rising

Bulgarini's gelato alone makes the trek to Altadena worthy.

But it's always great to hear about new openings. Thanks!

Feb 27, 2015
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What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

What about that vertical ring around Uranus?

Feb 26, 2015
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What are some over-rated L.A. restaurants to you? Why, specifically? Only one each!

f.o. = Father's Office

Feb 26, 2015
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Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

Both food & service. Distracted server, and cold, overcooked fish (it was supposed to be sauteed). Truly a "blech" meal.

It was a business lunch (and I wasn't paying) so I didn't want to make a scene at that time.

I still have confidence in the Downtown WG location, though.

Feb 26, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

The Culinary Institute of America should engineer a coup in that kitchen.

Feb 26, 2015
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10 Best Sausages In LA

I wish that Kasey Kasem (RIP) would have written some "Top 40" food lists during his lifetime. I'd read that.

Feb 26, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

If you decide to Water Grill, go Downtown, not Santa Monica. I had a really bad meal at WG SM, and now I call that location Water Board.

Feb 26, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Going to Mori, which omakase should I get?

Depends on how much you want to eat. Maru-san's sashimi/neta is unerringly fresh, and the knifework is meticulous.

The observation about omakases in general I've noted is that the amount of nigiri does decrease somewhat if you go heavier on the otsumami/cooked courses up front. This likely follows the Law of Conservation of Stomach Size.

If you'd really rather skip everything else, you can ask for your meal to be nigiri only. I think they'd accommodate you. (But I do enjoy Maru-san's otsumami so, so much...)

Feb 26, 2015
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Best place for fun graduation dinner near ucla

Nonetheless, this thread may still be of value to the UCLA Class of 2015 (Go Bruins!)

10 Best Sausages In LA

La Espanola (Harbor City) for chorizo y morcilla.

Good & easy casual dinner in SaMo/Venice TONIGHT

A handful of goldfish is better than frozen raccoon. :-)

Feb 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Need a great recommendation for dinner for 1.

If you order carefully, you can eat very well at Petrossian (in West Hollywood) for just under $100pp. It's a wonderful place for the solo diner.

Feb 24, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area