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Where to go for good "jack of all trades"Japanese restaurant?

Do they have a tempura bar like at I-naba where if you sit at the bar, it is served immediately after frying?

about 5 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Maude or chi SPACCA? - help for special occasion dinner

I've been to both. Both very good. Maude would be better for a special occasion. Though it is smaller portions there are more courses and you will be full after.

about 11 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Where to go for good "jack of all trades"Japanese restaurant?

I-naba. Sushi, tempura, soba, and good cooked dishes during dinner. All top notch.

http://www.restaurantinaba.com/menu.html

about 12 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Agree with Sgee. Ipse's dim sum bias is showing a bit with:

"Dim sum is, for all intents and purposes, really not a type of meal taken seriously with any sort of culinary gravitas."

The high end dim sum places in HK had high quality carefully crafted pieces. For example a perfect crab and pork XLB delicate and filled with juices and crab meat. As balanced and a perfect single bite as a perfect and balanced piece of sushi.

about 13 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Kitakata: New Ramen in OC

I'm pretty sure Chowseeker got it mixed up with another restaurant.

In either case, this wouldn't be the first time a restaurant had more than 1 thread.

No one was trying to take "credit" for a "first report".

about 16 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Kitakata: New Ramen in OC

Thanks for adding your experience.

I agree the pork is the star there.

The broth is lighter so I don't feel guilty drinking all of it. Brothwise, I still prefer the bonito laced ones at Zetton. Noodles is probably a tie depending on which style I am in the mood for. Maybe a slight edge back to Zetton. Egg goes to Zetton for me.

Still a great bowl of ramen and definitely has a place in my rotation.

about 18 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Voting

Beer goes quite well with Latin American Seafood. Just sayin'...

1 day ago
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Italian and Persian/Greek/Mediterrnean restaurants in Newport Beach

Hit or miss and not nearly as loud. If you go early shouldn't be bad.

Sep 27, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Italian and Persian/Greek/Mediterrnean restaurants in Newport Beach

Italian is tough.

I like Mozza for the appetizers, salads, and gelato.

For pasta I like Ortica for the paparadelle with lamb ragu and spinach fettuccine with bolognese.

For pasta plus sunset Andrea at Pelican Hill is nice. Skip the gnocchi. It's heavy.

Sep 27, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Italian and Persian/Greek/Mediterrnean restaurants in Newport Beach

Second Darya for Persian.

Sep 27, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Unique vietnamese in Orange County that I cannot get in bay area?

Funny. I liked the Vien Dong version because it was spicier and had more lemongrass. The ones at Quan Hy and Bun Bo Hue So 1 I thought were kinda bland.

Sep 25, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Unique vietnamese in Orange County that I cannot get in bay area?

I like the bun bo hue at Vien Dong better. They also have a good sparerib with taro stem and plantain noodle soup that I've never had anywhere else.

Bun rieu oc at Pho Kim Long in San Jose was really good. I liked it better than most versions down here.

Swing by Brodard for the pork roll and dipping sauce. You can order it to go and eat it in the car.

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

Sure if I don't feel like driving I'll go to Kappo Honda, but Torihei is superior in every way.

Sep 25, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

I make the trip to Torihei from OC all the time. Kokkekoko doesn't even cross my mind when I am in downtown LA.

Sep 25, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014: OFFAL

That's some high brow humor there JL!

Sep 24, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine Announces It Will Close at the End of October

I liked the fact they threw her out and outed her. They were right. Think of all the livelihoods and jobs lost by her negative reviews.

Sep 24, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

Hard to lament the loss of a place that refuses to give you the good stuff (even when available) just because you are not in the "black plate" club. Like I am going to waste more money on visits just so I don't get the good stuff.

Go to Torihei and get the special chicken heart. If they have it, they will serve it to you. Delicious.

The fatty pork tonight was amazing. So good I had to double up. Not sure if it is a new item or I just never noticed. Good eats.

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014: OFFAL

At Torihei tonight. Special chicken heart (atrium) and regular chicken heart (ventricle). Both delicious but the special heart a clear notch above in texture and flavor.

Gratuitous shot of the ramen.

Not pictured but outstanding, was the fatty pork. Perfect layer of fat on tender succulent pork. Worth doubling up on.

Red Medicine Announces It Will Close at the End of October

Too bad you never got a chance to go ns1. You'd realize it wasn't all eating out if fishbowls.

Sad to see it go. One of the truly innovative places in town.

Hope Kahn stays around and does something else. A truly talented chef.

Sep 24, 2014
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Seasonal Eats: Matsutake Mushrooms

I would put it right below Kasen for OC.

They did have very good mullet and suzuki sushi tonight. Also available was iwashi, kohada, and scorpionfish. Orange clam was served with all 3 parts- body, scallop, and himo. More variety than Kasen depending on the night. Pricy but it comes 2 pieces per order if you order a la carte. As always, omakase sushi at the bar will get you better results. Direct them more traditionally (if that is your preference) or they will do the new style sashimi stuff and toro tartare with caviar and gold flakes for you.

Bluefin tuna and all parts fatty and lean are much more flavorful at Kasen. Amaebi is also better at Kasen. The quality and flavor is just a notch better at Kasen.

Sep 23, 2014
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Seasonal Eats: Matsutake Mushrooms

Tis the season. Saw them at Mitsuwa a couple of weeks ago.

Tonight had a really delicious matsutake dobinmushi ($15) at Bluefin in Newport. Broth was wonderful and filled with ample matsutake, 1 ginko nut, 1 shrimp, and 2 pieces of white fish (think snapper).

Below stock photo of matsutake dobinmushi from Shunji last year.

Anyone else try matsutake yet this season?

Sep 23, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Trip Report in Photos: Barcelona

For you JL, the various navajas consumed throughout the trip. Often in duplicate and triplicate order until we cleaned the restaurant out of their daily supply.

1. Navajas conservas at Corte Ingles Madrid rooftop. The canning juices were poured into my wine glass and drunk dry.
2. Navajas a la plancha from Bar Pinotxo in La Boqueria Barcelona
3. Navajas at Bodega 1900. In an orange zest vinaigrette
4. Navajas a la plancha at La Cova Fumada. Baby ones so sweet and delicious. We had 5 orders and wiped out their supply.

Sep 23, 2014
Porthos in Spain/Portugal

Red Medicine - 6 course tasting menu - best in LA to me

My only thought is that it was too time consuming to prepare and that he might have been losing money on the dish. The porridge with echire butter, the chicken skin, the duck egg, the uni. Also it is a very filling dish and the price was really a great deal.

Half the portion and charge me double. I'd still pay for that dish.

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Nominations

SAUSAGES

Sep 22, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine - 6 course tasting menu - best in LA to me

I wish he would put that amazing porridge back on the menu.

Red Medicine - 6 course tasting menu - best in LA to me

Your report was much appreciated. Thank you.

Red Medicine - 6 course tasting menu - best in LA to me

Red Medicine is not for you. You prefer steak and fries at Jar. We get it. A positive well written review of RM with pictures is by no means suspicious to me. Actually quite consistent with my 9 or so visits. Most recently 2 months ago.

Sep 22, 2014
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Red Medicine - 6 course tasting menu - best in LA to me

Great review! Also a big fan of the place. Very unique and one of LA's finest and most innovate IMO.

Sep 22, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Kitakata: New Ramen in OC

Nothing is coming up on the search function or searching through google.

Are you sure you're not getting it mixed up with Tanakaya for soba?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/984752

In any case, if I did miss it, feel free to link the thread so we can link the reports for future reference.

Kitakata opened Aug 6th according to EaterLA.

http://m.la.eater.com/archives/2014/0...

Sep 21, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Kitakata: New Ramen in OC

IMO 2 good ones: Zetton and Kitakata ;)

Sep 21, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area