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Sichuan Restaurants in Shanghai

Not Sichuan but I would recommend Guyi for something similar (spicy!). It's Hunan cuisine and better than most. Sichuan Citizen is ok also.

Shanghai in mid-March; please recommend places/dishes I shouldn't miss

rmanna gave some really great recommendations. If you don't live in Asia, I would definitely recommend going to Din Tai Fung at any of the locations. The location rmanna is referring to is on the third floor of the Super Brand Mall. It is consistent, clean, and the service is great for Shanghai standards. In the same building, there are other popular stores like Southern Beauty, which is a modern take on Sichuan food.

For italian in Pudong, I would recommend Tavolo or The Kitchen. The recommendations by rmanna are great (especially Fu 1088 and drinks at Hyatt on the Bund and tea/coffee in TianziFang). If you are looking for places in Pudong for convinience, I would also recommend going into the IFC Mall, where there are places like Congee Tasty House and Lei Garden. There is also the best korean restaurant in Shanghai in Pudong called Benjia. However, for a true Shanghai experience, I would still recommend going to Puxi, it's really not that far!

Taipei for japanese food

Not necessarily the best of the best in terms of food, but few in Taipei would argue that mitsui provides one of the best combination of food, service, and atmosphere.
http://www.mitsuitaipei.com.tw/

There are many sushi places with omakase/bar seating where you can get more unique dining experiences.

Shanghai in mid-March; please recommend places/dishes I shouldn't miss

Not sure if your trip has already occured. Chowhound doesn't get used much here in SH (I live here now).

My recommendations for visitors are Old Jesse (Shanghainese), Lost Heaven (Yunan with a modern twist), and Guyi. Will be be dining alone or eating with others?

2011 el bulli reservations

Just an update - no luck so far...trying every few days...
on waiting list for El Celler de Can Roca

Bostonhound visiting Philly

If you insist on a BYOB, I would say Melograno/Modo Mio for italian. You can make reservations for Modo Mio always, but only weekdays for Melograno.

IMO, you should just go to Osteria. the Pastas are world class. People say the place is expensive, but typically I go and do family style, I focus on the Pastas and just get one entree (spit roasted suckling pig special is the best) to share.

May 16, 2011
pacific2atlantic in Philadelphia

Bostonhound visiting Philly

understood. and I agree - I'm of Asian descent and lived overseas for the majority of my life and have the same peeve about some of the hype around Han Dynasty (I love the place, but some dishes are very average too).

I guess people do love zahav though - the chef just won the james beard award!

May 15, 2011
pacific2atlantic in Philadelphia

Bostonhound visiting Philly

I agree oleana is great. However, I don't think it's a fair apples to apples comparison - they are both unique in their own merit and your comment about the zahav hummus being 'run-of-the mill'...is suprising. it's been repeatedly lauded as one of the best in philly...but opinions are opinions.

I love little fish and modo mio as well, buth other than the BYOB aspect, the type of food can be found in boston.

May 15, 2011
pacific2atlantic in Philadelphia

Near Hotel Palomar

Parc is decent (but a not-quite-as-good clone of Balthazar), Amis is great, but Osteria and Vetri are much better. As other posters have said, Amis is a solid restaurant but it's not on the 4 star level of Gramercy Tavern. If you're looking for upscale and near the hotel, check Lacroix. Personally a bit too stuffy, but that is fine dining and I have dined there with a vegetarian.

May 13, 2011
pacific2atlantic in Philadelphia

Bostonhound visiting Philly

try dinic's in the RTM unless you plan to go out of your way for Johns.

my personal recommendations
BYOB: kanella and matyson
italian: Osteria / Amis
Tapas: Tinto and Amada
Ethnic: Zahav (must visit)

Some other restaurants are fun too - dandelion, adsum, etc.

May 13, 2011
pacific2atlantic in Philadelphia

2011 el bulli reservations

Thanks for the suggestion PhilD. Being realistic, if I cannot obtain a reservation at el Bulli, I have 3 nights in Barcelona and 3 nights in Madrid...any suggestions that are 'destination restaurant worthy without leaving the vicinity of those cities for a night? What i mean is, I'm willing to travel, but probably not change my hotel reservations etc. This is for the first week of July. Thank you.

2011 el bulli reservations

great suggestion, thanks. Would it help for my hotel concierge to call and try?

2011 el bulli reservations

I have kindly emailed Mr. Luis Garcia multiple times, but so far, I've been getting the same cookie cutter response saying that no reservations are available. I am in Barcelona 7/2-7/4, but would be able to arrive earlier or stay later as needed. Does anyone have any suggestions besides being persistent? How much is too much? I've received 2-3 rejections already. Thank you.

BEST Kid-Friendly, Picky Eaters, Large Party/Group (~10 People) Dining Options in LA

I will report back in June! Thanks. More than anything, the family table sounds great.

BEST Kid-Friendly, Picky Eaters, Large Party/Group (~10 People) Dining Options in LA

maudie5 - I noticed you recommend Toscana a lot. Any particular recommendations? I confirmed the family table there for our nicer meal. Looking forward to it. Thanks.

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Toscana Restaurant
11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Got the Reservations to El Bulli!!! Now need help???

Thanks - my fault for not searching thoroughly. Any particular advice?

Got the Reservations to El Bulli!!! Now need help???

I'm making the 'trip of my life' to Europe this summer and I'm looking for some way to get a reservation at el bulli. Reservations are closed. Restaurant is closed july 30th 2011. I am in europe from the end of june to july 7th. Any suggestions? Waiting list? Please PM if there's any secret tips you don't wish to post publically! :)

BEST Kid-Friendly, Picky Eaters, Large Party/Group (~10 People) Dining Options in LA

Thanks. We'll be staying in the Hilton Universal Studios. That being said, we realize LA will require a lot of driving so distance is not that big of an issue.

Are there any chinese restaurants that take reservations? We have a big gathering in addition to what I'm planning for a party of 17 or so guests......I don't mind driving to SGV

BEST Kid-Friendly, Picky Eaters, Large Party/Group (~10 People) Dining Options in LA

Both seem like viable options. Would you recommend one over the other? My favorite 'modern' middle eastern restaurants in the east coast are Zahav in Philadelphia and Ilili in NYC. Thanks!

BEST Kid-Friendly, Picky Eaters, Large Party/Group (~10 People) Dining Options in LA

this place looks great ! is it kid friendly though?

BEST Kid-Friendly, Picky Eaters, Large Party/Group (~10 People) Dining Options in LA

Thank you for all the suggestions.

Lawry's would not be appealing for a few reasons. Although in the Bay Area we are going to a steakhouse, it offers many non-steak options while Lawry's does not. Most importantly, the sides are somewhat forgettable (except for the creamed corn/spinich!). But more importantly, there is actually a Lawry's in Taiwan so they eat there from time to time.

A few updates. Osteria Mozza has a private room but has a $3000 minimum. I'm not a strict budget but that is difficult for a party of 10!! Pizzeria Mozza has a $1500 minimum, but that is ridiculous in my opinion too for casual fare.

I will look into the other suggestions. As for more casual, I came across Jatlada. Is that a must visit?

After reviewing the options above and doing some self filtering, I plan to look into:

Bollini, Campanile, Spago (early), Border Grill, BLD, il pastaio, Angeli Caffé

Matsuhisa does not work because the private room seats only 8 people. I have been there before and love it...unfortunately it's not an option probably since it's a relatively quiet restaurant

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Border Grill
1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Spago
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Matsuhisa
129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

BLD Restaurant
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Pizzeria Mozza
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

BEST Kid-Friendly, Picky Eaters, Large Party/Group (~10 People) Dining Options in LA

Do you know if these places allow for reservations for a party of my size? Not sure if a group of 10 is reasonable at pizzeria mozza but that would definitely be of interest. Thanks – keep the recommendation coming, casual is fine too as long as they can accommodate our party size!

BEST Kid-Friendly, Picky Eaters, Large Party/Group (~10 People) Dining Options in LA

Thank you for the prompt reply. Bollini's looks like a good option.

Unfortunately, the group does not love indian food (we'll be in the Bay Area prior to arriving in LA and I tried soliciting the idea of going to Amber India).

Can you all please recommend more upscale recommendations? Pizza would be good for lunch but for dinner we are looking for a more upscale restaurant, that might be casual enough for a 3 year old. For example, although not upscale in the fine dining sense, Balthazar in NYC comes to me as a good example of what we are looking for. We are also eating at Alexander's Steakhouse in Cupertino, CA in the private room prior to coming to LA.

Not kid friendly on the surface but what about the likes of..
Matsuhisa?? Pizzeria Mozza? Providence? Campanile?? CUT?? Spago?

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Spago
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Matsuhisa
129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Pizzeria Mozza
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

BEST Kid-Friendly, Picky Eaters, Large Party/Group (~10 People) Dining Options in LA

All,

I'm planning a trip to LA for a party of 10 (9 adults and 1 3 year old). I've scoured the boards in the past to find great dining recommendations. I have a tough task though - planning multiple lunch and dinners for a large group with picky eaters (a vegetarian, a pescatarian, etc).

For the most part, I can probably wing-it for lunch but would appreciate any suggestions.

My bigger concern is dinner. I don't have a price limit per se, but am not looking for anything too expensive (under $100 pp preferably). The most difficult part is finding somewhere kid friendly for the 3 year old. Private rooms are an option.

Any suggestions come to mind? I have no specific cuisine requirements, but probably something varied like New American, Italian, or Japanese would be best. We would be ok with 1 chinese restaurant or so but most folks are coming from Taiwan so something different might be better.

All suggestions are appreciated! Thank!!

Favorite Chinese places in Chinatown? Not bakeries, not dim-sum, not Thai/Burmese/Fusion

Having lived in Taiwan for 10+ years, these are my go-to favorites with friends and family:

Four Rivers - One of the best all around. 3 cup chicken, hot oil wonton, dan dan noodle, etc
Sang Kee - Where we get our cantonese fix. roast pork/roast duck, wonton soup, etc
nan zhou - noodle soup
Tai Lake - Fresh seafood

Oct 23, 2010
pacific2atlantic in Philadelphia

Amis or Osteria

Definitely Osteria. Amis is great but less memorable.

At Osteria, you can't go wrong with the best pizza in town and a couple half portion pastas. You might want to call and see if they have the pit roasted suckling pig special - my favorite.

If you're not on a budget, VETRI hands down.

Oct 23, 2010
pacific2atlantic in Philadelphia