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L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Nominations

I'm lovin' it.

about 2 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Zam Zam market closing in Culver City

Sorry, I'm dense today.

about 11 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Zam Zam market closing in Culver City

Uh, the actual name of the place is Zam Zam Market, not Zam Zam Kitchen. IIRC, it was originally a specialty grocery store before Fahim started making any food there.

about 17 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Goose?

1 day ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Starry Kitchen wants you to save their balls, or else they're closing up end of January 2015 (RESTAURANT RAPTURPOCALYPSE 2014/2015 CONTINUES!)

Given the trend, I expect McDonald's to be shuttering in 2015.

I should open a restaurant in 2015 - Looks like my place might be the only game in town, at this rate... Casa J.L. will offer "Black Plates" for all CHers, and white ones for the n00bs, valet parking trolls & Yelpsters. Michelin will come-a-knockin', but I will turn them away. Guest Chef for the first week: Ferran Adria.

... OK, and then I wake up from REM sleep.

Dec 19, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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New Profile Setting: Collapse Previously Read Comments (also defaults to "See All" page)

>> ... we noticed these threads are popping up, so we want to keep the instructions official. <<

They're popping up 'cuz you didn't give us proper warning ahead of time.

Props to the grassroots 'Hounds for keeping the CH community a community, despite what the site admin has (or in this case, has not) been doing.

Philippe The Original Takes Plastic After Only 106 Years !

Can I do an Uncle Wimpy and say, " I shall gladly pay you Tuesday for a French Dip today..."?

Dec 19, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Philippe The Original Takes Plastic After Only 106 Years !

You won't have to pay interest if you don't patronize the place.

Dec 19, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

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

Zam Zam is about to close in a week or so, per 'Hound trojans...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9948...

Dec 19, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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The Closures Continue... Mo-Chica Closing This Weekend

We need more crotchety n00btrolls complaining about the rest of us on this board.

ok, strike that...

Dec 18, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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The Closures Continue... Mo-Chica Closing This Weekend

And so it goes...

As reported by Eater, the last day is this Saturday, December 20.

Link:

http://la.eater.com/2014/12/18/741716...

Dec 18, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

Did he offer the optional ortolan supplement back then?

Dec 18, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

How one gets shirako to cooperate with tempura technique is sheer wizardry to me. It DID turn out great, though!

That soft-shell crab preparation is one of my perennial faves at Kiriko as well!

No truffle ice cream on this visit, but the hot Japanese chestnuts made a nice cameo in-season appearance during dessert!

Dec 17, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

Note: I believe that the truffles are French black truffles (from Perigord), not from Italy. (Not that it matters to me much - I loves me any truffles!)

Dec 17, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Has Water Grill DTLA jumped the shark forever?

So confused here...

Not that it's known for its remarkable accuracy, but Eater reported back in September that this oyster bar was gonna be Mark Peel's baby. What happen?

http://la.eater.com/2014/9/26/6850811...

... and yes, I saw the pseudo-correction in October from Eater:

http://la.eater.com/2014/10/23/705516...

Dec 17, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Has Water Grill DTLA jumped the shark forever?

Hey has anyone tried Mark Peel's oyster bar at Grand Central Market yet? Wondering how it compares to Water Grill...

Dec 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Zam Zam market closing in Culver City

Halal-lujah!

(how many people did I just offend there?!)

Dec 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

Wowee wow wow!!!

Dec 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Why does Sushi Kimagure not get much love here?

I like Kimagure. A helluva lot.

Whenever I do go to Pasadena (and that's NOT frequently by any means), I try to get a seat at the bar there. Ike-san's tako is fantastic, and I've never had a bad (or even mediocre) meal at Kimagure.

For me, the issue is simply geographical. Yes, I am willing to shlep for good food, but Kimagure is not on my regular rotation because all the other boards favorites (which overlap quite a bit with my own personal favorites) are so much more nearby for me.

But that's me...

Dec 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

Many of us here are former "escapees" from other food review sites. You are in good company here.

Dec 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

OK gang, in the interest of fairness and accuracy (after the hullabaloo this past Sunday (most of these thread entries from this past Sunday have since been deleted by the Mods)...

There seems to be some new information about Kokekokko.

It seems that they may simply be RELOCATING, and not closing. Please note this.

Dec 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

... in Russia, the letters "FSB" may open some doors for you.

Dec 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

Thank you, but the credit for the "Tale of Two Shinjis" goes to Chowhound jessejames... :-)

Dec 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Yet another LA Sushi post...

Thanks for reporting back!

Your assessment of both places seem fair (though I've never had issues with the shari at Mori Sushi in the past). The one minor hiccup I experienced at Tsujita once was their pacing of the omakase ( there were long lag times between nigiri pieces on one "off" night).

Omakase at a high-end sushiya is an expensive proposition for most, so I'm not expecting lines out the door in any given night. But "almost empty" does seem a bit odd

Let us know when you do go try the other sushi places on your list!

Dec 16, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

Thanks for the links! I'm eager to hear your opinion of how L.A.'s sushi scene fares against NYC's after you complete your sushi tour.

Yes, that link is quite useful... I use similar recon/intel before I embark on any tabearuki to Japan.

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Coming Soon To Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza

Great legwork and sleuthing there, Jim.

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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In search of... Japanese Whisky for sale in L.A. area

The landscape has changed much since I first posted this 4+ years ago, it would seem.

Must hasten to Costco Alhambra... And grab some Fosselman's afterwards.

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

Thanks! It's also a good thing that these shellfish are (for the most part) so prolific and sustainable.

Now, I'm off to see what my lipid panel looks like (oy vey)...

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

An excellent writeup!

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Shellfish Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

Thanks! Unfortunately, my business associate swiped the check from me before I could see it. My guess is about $200 pp.

Dec 15, 2014
J.L. in Los Angeles Area