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Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

That is absurd. Seating nazis: "No two top for you!"

about 4 hours ago
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a place to have a quick early lunch...

Definitely Chow-ish, but a tad too far south for my friend.

Jan 23, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a place to have a quick early lunch...

Ok. Uncle.

What is Crimson? (Aside from being a college publication with which I am familiar...)

Jan 22, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a place to have a quick early lunch...

Thought of that, but Venice is too far west for him.

Jan 22, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a place to have a quick early lunch...

Oh shoot. Sorry. One more parameter:

6. NOT ramen.

Jan 22, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a place to have a quick early lunch...

A jet-lagged friend and co-worker from out-of-town needs advice.

Search parameters:

1. Must be Houndish (but of course!)

2. Must be sit-down (not fast food, and not to-go/takeout).

3. Location: Prefer West L.A./Westwood/Sawtelle/Palms/Mar Vista.

4. Must be serving lunch starting at or before 11AM (prefer a start time of 10AM or 10:30AM). A start time of 11:30AM is too late for him.

5. Relatively quick service. Enter/exit the joint in no more than 1 hour total.

Thanks in advance!!!

Jan 22, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

Relax, don't do it.

Jan 21, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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McD on Imperial Hwy in Brea - create your own burger and new concept

Is the McFoieGras an optional accoutrement?

Jan 21, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Echigo Koshihikari - where to buy?

Older post, but I'll bite:

BevMo, Wally's, Nijiya, Mitsuwa - I've seen it in each of these places at one time or another.

Jan 21, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Go's Mart Sushi question.

Shunji does offer most (but not all) of the items on its omakase as "a la carte" options. The Chef is easy to talk to as well. Before embarking on your meal, I'd let the Chef know about the price point on your meal, and of course your preferences/dislikes.

A problem I foresee at Go's is that I don't think Go-san does "a la carte" these days (i.e. he does omakase meals only). I could be wrong - Please call to confirm.

Getting close to the end of January - I hope you firm up those reservations soon, wherever you decide to go.

Jan 21, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

Twenty-something mainlanders driving Audi R8's pulling up at the valet, wanting to save some money on DineLA at Patina so that the CPC can't label their spending as "ostentatious" and launch a corruption probe their parents' way...

Jan 21, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

Marugame Monzo.

Jan 20, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Hey Ipsedixit! ClarissaW Covers Our Back on the Superiority of Los Angeles Chinese Food Over New York

He is my pick to be the next James Bond.

Jan 20, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Ramen Manichi (Little Tokyo): A Pictorial Essay

Manichi dreams of gyoza.

Jan 19, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Manichi (Little Tokyo): A Pictorial Essay

Thanks for reporting back!

Jan 19, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Manichi (Little Tokyo): A Pictorial Essay

>> ...signs of mass production... <<

As someone who makes potstickers at home, "stuck together" happens a heck of a lot. And that gyoza/potsticker "socarrat" is delicious.

And, though my skills are still low-level, my grandma's technique, honed over a lifetime of dumpling wrapping, always results in amazing consistency in appearance (i.e. "perfect-looking").

Jan 19, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Chinatown emerging as L.A.'s hottest restaurant destination

SGV steak: Is Newport's beef loc lac acceptable? I certainly think so.

Jan 19, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Chinatown emerging as L.A.'s hottest restaurant destination

... and your point is?

Jan 18, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

kaya toast - anywhere in l.a. but street?

Funny, I thought the kaya toast was Chef Ng's weakest link at Spice Table. BTW he's opening his new place in Santa Monica sometime later this year.

Jan 18, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Manichi (Little Tokyo): A Pictorial Essay

I will always have a soft spot in my heart (and palate) for that old man's homemade bamboo pole egg noodles at Wing Wah in Wan Chai.

Jan 18, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Manichi (Little Tokyo): A Pictorial Essay

Yelp reports a closing time of 10:30PM. I'd call to verify.

Jan 17, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Manichi (Little Tokyo): A Pictorial Essay

Interesting story! Glad it all turned out well.

Jan 17, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Manichi (Little Tokyo): A Pictorial Essay

Thanks for reporting back!

The only 2 noodle places even worth mentioning on that block are Manichi and Marugame Monzo.

Jan 17, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Ramen Manichi (Little Tokyo): A Pictorial Essay

Mad Libs! :-)

Jan 17, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Manichi (Little Tokyo): A Pictorial Essay

'Q' is a term for "bite" or elasticity and applies most commonly to noodles. Note that 'Q' is not always the same as 'al dente'...

Jan 17, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Ramen Manichi (Little Tokyo): A Pictorial Essay

Amidst relatively little fanfare, Ramen Manichi has opened shop on 1st Street in Little Tokyo, just up the street from Daikokuya.

Cut to the chase: In its first few weeks, the ramen at Manichi is already significantly better than its neighbors Daikokuya and Shinsengumi.

Verdict: I loved it. This is NOT your usual greasy fat-bomb bowl of ramen (don't get me wrong - I love certain fat-bombs just as much as the next guy). Rather quite the contrary: The tastes here are clean and clear in purpose. And yet when mixed together, the complexities I look for in a great bowl of ramen are all there. The broth (while light in essence) is slurp-worthy. The noodles have 'Q', the chashu is excellent, and the black oil as well as the spiciness adds meaning to the gestalt.

Upon tasting their #1 special bowl for the first time, it seemed almost like the gang at Manichi was specifically teaching me a lesson: Not all ramen need be fatty in order to be delicious. As for the side dishes: The house-made gyoza are delicate and tasty. The fried rice is also well-executed.

Service was attentive. The manager also came out to ask each table how everything tasted.

No lines for this place - Yet.

Ramen Manichi is a most welcome addition to the Little Tokyo noodle scene.

Ramen Manichi
321 1/4 E. 1st St.
L.A., CA 90012
213.613.9888

Jan 17, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area
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Dosanko Larmen: A Pictorial Essay

Dosanko Larmen is one of the oldest ramen chains in Japan. Their first L.A. location has opened in the space formerly occupied by Ramen-ya in West L.A.

Verdict: My bowl of ramen (deluxe white miso), while decent, was not very noteworthy. I thought that the broth was the weakest link (I'd rate it only one notch above the dreaded Tatsu's broth).

BUT - Definitely DO order the spicy butter corn fried rice - Damn good stuff! It makes this place worth the trip.

Dosanko Larmen
11555 W. Olympic Blvd.
L.A., CA 90064
310.444.9849

Jan 17, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Lunasia (Pasadena)

Who said anything about fluency? And it's Khuzdul, not Klingon.

Jan 17, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Lunasia (Pasadena)

Sik ting ng sik gong

Jan 16, 2015
J.L. in Los Angeles Area

Last Minute Recommendation - Bev Hills/WeHo Area

Connie & Ted's